Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Wimbledon: Djokovic defeats Nishikori to reach first semi-final since 2015

Novak Djokovic reveals what was his best match in career Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori to reach first semi-final since 2015
Cassandra Castillo | 12 July, 2018, 01:40

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win.

'It feels great to be in the last four of a slam - I've been buiding on the last couple of weeks and the level of tennis I've played in the last couple of months, last couple of tournaments of the clay-court tournaments and Queen's, it kind of felt like it was getting better and better.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

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

Djokovic hasn't made a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open (when he lost in the finals).

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

"I am peaking at the right moment".

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

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. I know how I threw the racket.

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

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.

Djokovic's mood was not improved by Ramos choosing not to punish Nishikori for imitating his earlier offence of bashing a racquet into the ground.

Nishikori held a 10-minute game to start the second set and then saved three break points in his next service game as Djokovic looked to build on his advantage.

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

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