LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point after winning his fourth round match against Michael Llodra of France on Day Seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Wimbledon Men's Semifinals: Djokovic, Nadal Advance, Will Meet In Final

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic has reached his first-ever Wimbledon finals, where he'll 2010 grass champ Rafa Nadal.

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Wimbledon Men's Semifinals: Rafael Nadal Leads Andy Murray, Two Sets To One

Match updates from Day 11 of the Championships, Wimbledon 2011, where Andy Murray is putting up more of a fight than anyone thought he really had a right to, probably including Murray himself:

No. 1 Rafael Nadal leads No. 4 Andy Murray, 5-7 6-2 6-2. Whatever else happens in this match (and as I'm typing this, Rafa's already ahead in the fourth set), Murray has already given more of a fight than anticipated just by taking a set off Nadal. Both players are battling nagging injuries, but it's not readily apparent that either is particularly bothered by ailing limbs. And not to patronize, but Murray, again, has done himself proud just by not coming completely unhinged at the outset of the match. I cannot convey my shock any more politely than that. 

This afternoon's winner will, of course, advance to face No. 2 Novak Djokovic (who will ascend to No. 1 just by reaching the finals) on Centre Court this Sunday. 

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more men's semifinal updates from Day 11 of Wimbledon. 

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Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic Clinches Spot In Wimbledon Final, No. 1 Ranking

In the first Gentlemen's Singles semifinal at Wimbledon 2011, No. 2 Novak Djokovic survived No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(4), 6-2, 7-6(9), 6-3, thereby clinching his first trip to a Wimbledon final and the ATP No. 1 ranking.

After failing to convert on two match points in the third set, Djokovic wasted no time taking control of the fourth, breaking Tsonga in the second game of the set and never letting the flashy Frenchman back in. 

The win improves Djokovic's record to 47-1 in 2011, his lone loss coming to Roger Federer in the French Open semifinals.

As the last Tsonga shot sailed out, Djokovic fell to the ground, screamed, and exulted as if he had won a grand slam.  But for someone who has two previous slam titles but had never been able to break the Federer-Nadal stranglehold on the No. 1 ranking, finally breaking through has to feel just as important as his success at this tournament. 

Djokovic becomes the first Serbian to hold the No. 1 ranking in men's singles, and the fourth Serbian overall to land atop tennis rankings.  Nenad Zimonjic has previously been No. 1 in doubles, and both Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic have been ranked No. 1 in the WTA singles chart.

Djokovic awaits the winner of the second semifinal between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Andy Murray.

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