Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission - Omni Sports

Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission - Omni Sports

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic topped Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam event for the 10th time.

Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson came back from two sets down to edge past top seed and defending champion Roger Federer 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 and reach his first Wimbledon semi-final.

Nishikori put up an admirable fight but was not clinical enough to hold back Djokovic's tide-finally collapsing 6-2 with a third break of the set.

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.

"I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", Djokovic said as he came off court.

Djokovic hasn't made a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open (when he lost in the finals).

It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago. "I guess there are other factors that play in". Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him for it, but how can you support Croatia, how don't you feel ashamed?

"It's not the first time in the semi-finals - I've been here before - but first I'll try to enjoy this victory before thinking about the next opponent". I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair.

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Novak Djokovic felt he was a different player to the Wimbledon victor of old but comparisons were inevitable on Wednesday as the Serb rolled into the semi-finals for the first time since 2015. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March past year, survived those four break points early in the second set to level.

"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place".

"Maybe he has good chance to win the tournament", said Nishikori, who was beaten in four sets by the Serb in the quarter-finals.

"After that he was playing better".

After the match, Djokovic admitted his frustration at Ramos's decision, while pointing out that Nishikori did exactly the same thing in the fourth set. (Ramos) said he didn't see it.

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket".

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