Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

With Djokovic leading a 15-love game in the first set of their quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Nishikori pulled off what may be the shot of the tournament on a high lob from Djokovic that looked like it was going out. The world number 40 was unable to mount a response this time and evidence fortune was in the Serbian's favour came on his second of two set points when a Khachanov slip enabled him to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

The 31-year-old will play either second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic celebrates after beating Japan´s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Defending Wimbledon champion Roger Federer has been relegated to court one as Novak Djokovic got his wish to play on Centre Court later today.

"You think I ruined the court for just throwing my racket (down)?"

Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but struck a backhand into the net before the eighth-seeded Anderson broke in the following game and held serve.

"That was I think the biggest chance I had".

Djokovic, victor of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori.

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Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some fantastic points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

"It didn't harm the grass".

The semi-final will be the 32nd of Djokovic's Grand Slam career but he has had to fight to get there.

"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match". I know how I threw the racquet. Then a combination of fitness, form and family issues made the 12-time grand slam champion all too fallible.

Asked whether he was a "man on a mission" to get back to where he left off, the Serb could only agree: "Of course, that's why I'm here", he said.

"I felt like it was getting better and better as time went on".

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