Nishikori bows out of Wimbledon, Djokovic advances

14 July, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters

But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time.

But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.

Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

Even though Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still alive at this year's Wimbledon, Japan's Kei Nishikori is making sure he gets some attention.

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

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 23 years to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals and then predicted a "war" with Novak Djokovic to get to the last four. However, he prevented further damage when he held from 0-40 at 2-2 in the third set, and the hold would prove significant as he responded well to break Nishikori twice in succession. "I guess there are other factors that play in".

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

"Obviously it's different coming into semi-finals this year, taking in consideration 15 months behind, what everything that has happened, my results that were not up to the standard that I was doing before, that I was expected to play on", he said. "Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

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After seeing off big servers Kyle Edmund and Karen Khachanov, he faced Nishikori, who had recovered from his own serious injury to hit peak form in reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. I don't want to stop here.

Djokovic is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final, an achievement bettered by only three players in the Open Era.

"Only in the second part of the clay-court season that arrived and continued to give [me] good tennis [performances]". I didn't harm the grass.

"Down two sets to love I just tried my best to keep fighting and scraped through the third and fourth set", Anderson said after the match, per Wimbledon's website.

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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.

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