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

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

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

It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

Umpire Carlos Ramos claimed not to have seen the incident when Djokovic told him he had "double standards, my friend, double standards".

"To be honest, I thought it was unnecessary to get a warning". Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.

'But it is the way it is in the midst of emotions and tough matches it happens'.

Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final.

Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

"It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam. I knew how I threw the racquet", he said. I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment.

Nishikori, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held to 3-2 in the third set before running out of steam against an opponent in merciless form. It's not the first time I've been in semi-finals, I've been here before but I'll try to enjoy this victory'.

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

The 24th-seeded Nishikori was able to attack Djokovic's second serve and had a chance to take the lead when he was 0-40 up at 2-2 in the third set.

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.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

It nearly looked like Djokovic ended up giving Nishikori the point on the ensuing backhand, because when you've earned it you've earned it. Djokovic has been looking like his old self again this Wimbledon, but you have to think there's a voice in the back of his head wondering why this keeps happening to him.

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