Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Heather Diaz
July 14, 2018

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.

However, should he make Sunday's final and win it, he probably won't care that he isn't exactly a fan favourite.

The three-time champion's emotions boiled over on several occasions in a spicy 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 quarter-final victory over Japan's former US Open finalist. "He's always like a big war for me. I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey". "Honestly, it's not easy playing Novak", Nishikori said. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March previous year, survived those four break points early in the second set to level. But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015.

"After that he was playing better".

This was his 13th win in a row against Nishikori, who is also on the way back up after an injury nightmare. "My elbow was bothering me little bit", admitted Nishikori. "By the end I thought I did a great job".

Djokovic cruised past Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 on Monday, marking the second straight major at which he has reached the quarter-finals. That precipitated a lengthy absence from the tour and a worrying dip in form and confidence.

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However, the 31-year-old has looked back to something approaching his best at Wimbledon.

Nishikori initially stayed with his opponent and hit back in another superb game - but a wild backhand late on handed Djokovic the first set. "I'm frustrated to lose today, but these two weeks have helped me going forward".

The Serb only got his chance to play on Center Court after complaining about how much time Roger Federer was getting to spend in the famous arena. I feel like I'm peaking at the right time. "Coming into Wimbledon I already felt more comfortable and didn't need time to settle in". After making it to the fourth round of the Australian Open, an event where he's dominated historically, Djokovic lost in the first round of several masters events, including the Indian Wells Masters and the Miami Open.

Djokovic spent a lot of time on the sidelines recovering from a awful elbow injury that had many fans worrying that he may never return to his scintillating best.

When asked what he admired about defending champion Federer, the 32-year-old Anderson was happy to reel off an exhaustive check-list. I was top 3 player for so many years in a row, it was quite a unusual feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game.

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