Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori's resistance to reach Wimbledon semis

Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori's resistance to reach Wimbledon semis

Simon, looking for his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, secured the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the second set when Del Potro netted a return.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will bid to reach the semi-finals of the same grand slam for the first time since the French Open six years ago at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

He will next face either two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

This is a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final appearance for Djokovic, although there was some doubt he would reach that mark.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

"You think I ruined the court by tossing the racket two metres behind the baseline?"

"It didn't harm the grass".

"The umpire said he didn't see". I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair.

At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under vast pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game.


Forced to fight back from 15-40 down, Djokovic saved a set point and showed a quick pair of hands to swap onto his forehand from left court and fire across Nishikori and into the last four of the competition. He's not been in the latter stages of a major event so much recently, I think Queen's was his first final in a year and he looked like he had a few doubts in that match against Cilic but in terms of his level and the way he's playing, I think he's back where he wants to be. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

The three-time champion spoke to Serbian media after his straight sets victory over Khachanov and revealed he has put in a request to play on Centre Court, having played there only once in this year's tournament.

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

After serving his way to a 2-1 lead in the third set, Djokovic ramped up his efforts and was met head-on with Nishikori's increase in tempo, but the No. 24 seed missed three break points at 2-2 and was soon trailing.

Novak Djokovic just lost his cool in the Wimbledon heat.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

"Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set.

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