Novak Djokovic sees off Kei Nishikori to reach Wimbledon semifinals

12 Juillet, 2018, 01:41 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters

But Djokovic appears to be building towards somewhere near his best again and, while made to work hard by Nishikori, he was good value for a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 triumph.

Yet the 22-year-old, playing in the last 16 for the second successive grand slam, saw his hopes severely hindered by mistakes and a sliced forehand wide gave Djokovic a pair of break points - only one of which he needed.

" I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning. In the midst of emotions in a tough match, it happens".

Having reached the last four of 22 of the 24 majors between 2011 and 2016, Djokovic is now closing in on a first final appearance at a slam since losing to Stan Wawrinka at the US Open two years ago.

"I am peaking at the right moment".

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". "I knew how I threw the racquet", he said. 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 three-time Wimbledon champion has looked in impressive form over the last week and was too strong for Nishikori, who was competing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club.

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

However, Djokovic was unable to maintain his level and it was Nishikori who broke for 3-1 and took the second set.

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.

After the match, Djokovic admitted his frustration at Ramos's decision, while pointing out that Nishikori did exactly the same thing in the fourth set.

But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

In his first Wimbledon semifinal, Anderson will face 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or ninth-seeded John Isner.

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