After being spotted at Wimbledon earlier in the week, Argentine polo legends Facundo Pieres and his brother Gonzalo Pieres Jr turned up to support Juan Martin Del Potro in his attempts to make it into the men’s finals at Wimbledon. Sitting in Del Potro’s supporters box, the Pieres’ brothers were seen showing their animated support throughout the match.
It turned out to be a long and nail-biting afternoon of tennis for the Pieres brothers as they supported their fellow countryman in the longest Wimbledon semi-final ever – which was taken to 5 sets and lasting 4 hours and 43 minutes. We expect they are glad the Argentine Polo Open doesn’t last that long!
Novak Djokovic finally broke the resolve of Juan Martin Del to advance to the Wimbledon final after a brutal, brilliant and at times bizarre match of tennis that will go down in history as one of the best at SW19.
Del Potro produced some of his finest tennis since lifting the 2009 US Open, hitting forehand winners that were consistently over 100mph, while Djokovic’s beguiling determination to return every shot boggled even the minds of those use to witnessing his amazing feats of stretching.
During the commentary of the match, Tennis legend Boris Becker said in relation to Del Potro’s great determination: “I’m really becoming a fan of this man from Argentina – the effort and the emotions he puts in is fantastic.”
Del Potro fought back at match-point to take the match to 5 sets, with some of his ground shots being recorded at over 140mph, this Argentine was not going to let an earlier knee injury get him down. He fought valiantly until the very end in one of the tensest nail-biter semi-finals of all time.
After an epic 5 set match, Novak Djokovic is through to his second Wimbledon final defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3.
Djokovic is no stranger to five-set thrillers but he said: “This is definatley one of the best, no question about it. Exciting here at Wimbledon. I’m privileged to play this match.”
After the match, John McEnroe said it was “One of the all-time greatest matches I’ve ever seen.”
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- Argentine Polo Legend Facundo Pieres cheers on Del Potro at Wimbledon (looksouthtours.wordpress.com)
- Follow our analysis of Wimbledon men’s semis (tennis.si.com)
- Del Potro falls twice and reaches the semi’s (lcsportsmedia.wordpress.com)