Nishikori ready for war against Djokovic in Wimbledon quarter-final

Novak Djokovic equals Jimmy Connors and Andy Murray by reaching Wimbledon quarter-finals
Djokovic completed his match
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14 July, 2018

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic is the first man through to the Wimbledon semifinals after seeing off Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

The eighth seed Anderson did not look like causing a shock when he lost the first set 6-2 against the eight-time Wimbledon champion on Court No 1.

The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points.

And Djokovic, a three-time champion at SW19, is in confident mood as he prepares for a clash with either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro on Friday. "I am trying to get in the best possible shape for the biggest possible events and it doesn't come much bigger that Wimbledon". It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

When Del Potro sent a forehand rifling down the line to take the third set, it seemed Nadal might be following Federer out of the tournament, but the World No.1 recovered superbly to triumph 7-5 6-7 (7/9) 4-6 6-4 6-4 and keep alive his hopes of an 18th Grand Slam title.

He added: "I played very well in Queen's (where he finished runner-up) coming into Wimbledon".

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

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"I have been here before and I will try and enjoy this victory".

"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

Novak Djokovic is feeling more optimistic after continuing his fine run at Wimbledon by reaching the quarter-finals. I don't want to stop here. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March previous year, survived those four break points early in the second set to level.

Those fears dimmed when Nishikori broke Nole in the opening game of the fourth set, but again the balance tipped in the Serb's direction when he broke back in the follower. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later. "But he played a great three points", said Nishikori.

"That was I think the biggest chance I had".

But by the time his semifinal starts, it will be Djokovic against the world, again. I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.

Djokovic was seen engaged in a heated discussion with the umpire in the aftermath of the warning and it is fair to say some of his comments and complaints have left a sour taste in the mouth of some Wimbledon punters over the course of the championships.


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