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Novak Djokovic is the only player left in the men’s draw of Wimbledon 2013 who is yet to drop a set, and the Serbian world number one is justifiably favourite to win the third Grand Slam of the season.
He faces Juan Martin Del Potro, who is lucky to be taking part in this match at all after a fall in his previous match against David Ferrer that made excruciating viewing.
Del Potro was given anti-inflammatories by the Wimbledon staff, and they clearly worked a treat as he was able to defeat the 31 year-old Spaniard in straight sets; his extraordinary power – particularly on the serve and forehand side pulling him through.
However, even taking Ferrer’s extraordinary tenacity and athleticism into account, no player on the entire ATP World Tour offers greater defensive play than Novak Djokovic.
After his victory in the 2012 US Open final, Andy Murray described facing the Serbian as “like a wall,” to American journalist Charlie Rose.
It is for that reason, and his sheer consistency, that Djokovic leads the head-to-head against Juan Martin Del Potro 8-3, but there are positives for the Argentine too.
The first of Del Potro’s three victories against the Serb was in the 2011 Davis Cup World Group semi final, when Djokovic was forced to retire hurt, but the other two offer him rather more relevant and tangible hope of a victory at Wimbledon.
Del Potro’s first full victory against Djokovic was on the grass courts of SW19 in August 2012 at the London Olympic Games, a highly impressive 7-5 6-4 win in their only encounter on the surface.
The 6’6″ giant also won his most recent battle against Djokovic in Indian Wells in March 2013, with a 4-6 6-4 6-4 scoreline, and he will hope that he can play equally well in the semi-final to match the result.
Djokovic’s astonishing elasticity and all court game make him a clear favourite for this match, but Del Potro certainly has the tools to cause an upset – if he is fully fit.