Djokovic in Wimbledon semifinals

Djokovic in Wimbledon semifinals

Novak Djokovic will feature in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in three years after beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court on Wednesday. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments.

After Nadal squandered four set points in the third set tiebreak, with a double fault on one of them, Del Potro made him pay as he pounced on his first chance to raise the prospect of another astonishing upset on day nine of the championships.

"And then he has gone up and told the referee that I said "F*****g stupid".

Anderson was the runner-up to Nadal at last year's U.S. Open, but he never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week.

"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.

"I just had to go back to the basics and just try to get comfortable with my game and try to gain as much confidence as possible through match play".

And when the world No. 28 could not then beat the net, Djokovic seized the initiative and pressed on for a four-set win. That was a boost after a shock quarter-final exit at the French Open to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato of Italy. "I am peaking at the right moment".

Nishikori is also on his way back up after injury, and the outcome could easily have been different had the Japanese won the game where he had Djokovic at 0-40 early in the third set.

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After the incident, Djokovic quarreled with the umpire, who had given him a code violation for racket abuse.

"I just think it's really pathetic". His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

The Serbian fired early in the match to take the first set 6-3, but his smooth progress was halted by a strong Nishikori fightback in the second set.

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.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star.

But the Argentine broke back immediately with a volley and then saved another break point at 5-5 with an ace.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". He (Nishikori) even threw the racket in the fourth set and the umpire said he didn't see him so I get the warning, he doesn't.

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