Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Djokovic Progresses to Wimbledon Semi-finals

Djokovic Progresses to Wimbledon Semi-finals

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic is the first man through to the Wimbledon semifinals after seeing off Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

"I think Rafa and Del Potro had to be on Centre Court", Murray told BBC.

The Spaniard proved it with a daring chase-down attempt during his win over Juan Martin del Potro overnight, climbing into the stands after trying to reach a ball. "In the midst of emotions in a tough match, it happens".

Djokovic rallied to hold and only lost two more games from that point onward as he advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open.

At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under vast pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game.

The 12-time Slam champion will face old rival and world No 1 Nadal, who eventually came through against Del Potro in a five-set epic that lasted four hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors.

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic serves to Japan´s Kei Nishikori during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

"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 a lot of aspects of my game can give him a lot of trouble'.

"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?"

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set.

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

Meanwhile, after dropping the second set to Nishikori, Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good in the third, coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 to hold serve.

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.

Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

"Double standards, my friend".

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