Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori to reach semis

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Rita Gibson | 14 July, 2018, 08:50

Novak Djokovic triumphed in the first set and it seemed as an easy outing for the three time Wimbledon champion.

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. "I think confidence is back for him". "I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I threw".

Novak Djokovic ensured he will have a Wimbledon rest day on Tuesday after beating Karen Khachanov and the fading light to reach the quarter-finals.

"Anybody who saw the match, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass".

Explaining the process which he underwent to get back closer to his best, 31-year-old Djokovic added: "I was putting a lot of hours on the practice courts and really being dedicated and motivated to get back on that level that I'm used to playing and have played over the years".

"He was playing very deep, he was going both sides with his back and then his forehand too. he was making me run all the time".

"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match".

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Djokovic was able to regain his composure, though, and managed to win by four sets to one.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two on Monday. "It feels great to be in the last four", Djokovic said, via Wimbledon's Twitter account. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

Eight times champion Roger Federer said it always hurts losing at Wimbledon as he faced the media after his quarter-final defeat by South African Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic incurred a warning for throwing his racket and then later complained of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for doing the same.

Some of his returning, particularly during a rally in the fourth game of the first set where he was slipping and sliding across the grass like Jayne Torvill, was simply jaw-dropping.

Roger Federer was a point away from a rather tidy, straight-set victory in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment", said Djokovic, who booked a place in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open.

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