Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission

Hope Soto
July 14, 2018

After coming through his test, Djokovic said: "If I have to compare the game that I've played, the level of tennis that I've had in those years and today, I think it's pretty close".

It wasn't until having secured match point did he look remotely happy.

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he said.

Djokovic was seen engaged in a heated discussion with the umpire in the aftermath of the warning and it is fair to say some of his comments and complaints have left a sour taste in the mouth of some Wimbledon punters over the course of the championships.

However, Djokovic immediately and emphatically responded with a break to love, and then forged a 4-2 lead when Khachanov fired into the net, only for the Russian to maintain the frenetic nature of the opener with a second break of his own. "Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him - but support Croatia, how can he not be ashamed?"

"It gives me confidence that I was able to play good tennis on grass", Nishikori said. After his Round 3 win over Kyle Edmund, he accused the partisan crowd of being "unfair". Djokovic looked to be growing frustrated and was warned for throwing his racket into the ground.

Novak Djokovic made a right racket at Wimbledon.

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The crucial turning point came in the third set, with it locked at two games apiece.

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set. He celebrated as if the match was won, and went on to break Nishikori in the next. Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

Nishikori battled hard throughout. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March past year, survived those four break points early in the second set to level. "Honestly, it's not easy playing Novak", Nishikori said.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

'I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment.

"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth. I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy".

Djokovic will face old rival and world No. 1 Nadal, who saw off Del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7-9), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after 4 hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court to reach his sixth Wimbledon semifinal and 28th at the majors.

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