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

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

Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

Novak Djokovic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the 10th time on Monday with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

He next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in his first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 U.S. Open.

It will be Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final and he will start favourite against Nishikori, who will be in his first last-eight at the All England Club.

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

"I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set".

And he did not disappoint with a battling performance reminiscent of days gone by, even if he did fall out with umpire Carlos Ramos.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw".

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

"I'm very pleased", Djokovic said after the victory. "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". This is where I'm peaking at the moment.

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. I think his confidence is back, ' he said.

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

Defending champion Federer lost a Court One thriller, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 as 32-year-old Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semifinals since Kevin Curren in 1983.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star. During Wimbledon, speaking of the big event that is taking place in Russian Federation, in which his country, Serbia, failed to go beyond the group stages, Djokovic said: 'I support Croatia. "Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one.

Things got worse between the two later when Djokovic felt Ramos failed to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set. But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

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.

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