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July 7, 2013

At Wimbledon final, a closely matched Murray and Djokovic

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Djokovic didn’t lose a set until his 4-hour, 43-minute victory — a Wimbledon semifinal record — Friday in five sets over Juan Martin del Potro. Murray lost one set to Fernando Verdasco in the quarterfinals and one to Jerzy Janowicz in the semifinals.

“He’s extremely fit physically, and that’s why he’s able to fight until the last point of every match,” Murray said. “He never really has any letdowns physically, which he used to when he was younger.”

Djokovic spoke Saturday about their similarities and what might be decisive Sunday.

“We are quite good returners of serve, so I guess it’s going to be quite a lot of pressure on the service,” he said. “Also, the service games are quite crucial, to be able to hold them and try to get as many free points on the first serve as possible, which is not that easy …

“This surface more favors servers,” Djokovic said. “Andy was serving really well throughout the whole tournament, as I did also. So it’s going to be a combination of things.”

One factor is certain: Murray will be the overwhelming fan favorite.

“He’s a local hero. He has a big chance to win Wimbledon after a long time for this nation. People will be supporting him,” Djokovic said. “But it’s not the first time that I’ve been in similar situations when I played against local players. I know what I need to do. …

“I’m going to play against one of the best tennis players in the world in the last five years. I’m ready for it.”

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