Djokovic into Wimbledon semis

Djokovic into Wimbledon semis

The semi-final will be the 32nd of Djokovic's Grand Slam career but he has had to fight to get there.

"I'm not sure what to say right now", U.S. Open finalist Anderson said. "But I'm still here, so. Coming into Wimbledon I already felt more comfortable and didn't need time to settle in".

It didn't show in Djokovic's play, though, as he embarked upon another swing of four games in succession, holding Nishikori to three points in his next two service sets as he soared into a 4-1 lead. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

"I just think it's really pathetic".

Twice he was hit with violations.

However, his fantastic run to the Wimbledon last four has gone a long way to quashing those fears and now he looks set to return to the top of the game. That earned a code violation from chair umpire Carlos Ramos.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today. I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said.

"I'm grateful but at the same time trying not to get ahead of myself too much". Then came another outpouring of emotion, but this time with a smile. Like past year, I received the information that they can't reschedule my match on the other court because of the tickets that are presold.

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The momentum had shifted in favour of Nishikori and Djokovic, who had a verbal tug-of-war with the Centre Court crowd in his third round clash against Kyle Edmund earlier in the tournament, was going through the motions on court.

The crucial turning point came in the third set, with it locked at two games apiece. He celebrated as if the match was won, and went on to break Nishikori in the next. When Nishikori let his own racket fly in the fourth set, he wasn't chastised, which prompted Djokovic to yell "double standards" toward Ramos - drawing boos from fans.

Nishikori battled hard throughout.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners. Having served to go 4-3 in front, the Serbian forced his opponent into mistakes on serve, was able to secure the break and then eventually the set.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now", Djokovic said.

"I think it is a poor choice from him".

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack.

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