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Djokovic into Wimbledon semis

14 July, 2018, 01:07 | Author: John Swanson
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The Swiss previously won 34 straight sets between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006. He was within touching distance as he held to 30 for a 5-2 buffer and, much like the preceding set, he rammed home his superiority to seal the set - and the match - with a double break. "Honestly, it's not easy playing Novak", Nishikori said.

Nishikori broke to open the fourth frame of the afternoon but immediately relinquished the advantage and Djokovic realized he was in a dog fight. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four majors since the US Open in 2016.

A tight third set turned in Djokovic's favour as Nishikori went wide and that was enough for the fired-up three-time champion to edge back in front as he served into a 2-1 lead.

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In the second set of his quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori on Centre Court, Djokovic threw his racket in disgust, argued with the referee, and went on to lose the set. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later. (Ramos) said he didn't see it.

" I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning". Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final. "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

"I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".

Simon, looking for his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, secured the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the second set when Del Potro netted a return. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals".

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The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March a year ago, survived those four break points early in the second set to level.

Although he was broken twice in the opening set, Djokovic was rattling through the games at supersonic speed. "Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one. Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning. But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

The loss marks the end of world No. 28 Nishikori's most successful ever Wimbledon appearance, having reached the final eight for the first time in his career.

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