Novak Djokovic into tenth Wimbledon quarter-final, to take on Kei Nishikori

Dean Simpson
July 14, 2018

Three-time champion Djokovic was the first man through to the semi-finals, reaching the last four of a major in more than two years by seeing off Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court.

Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

The 12-time major victor defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court to set up a clash on Friday with either world No 1 Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro. 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. I don't want to stop here. "His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson.

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

The Serb, ranked just outside the top-20, but seeded 12 here, has a 13-2 head-to-head record against Nishikori, he has also beaten the Japanese in their two meetings this year.


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.

Novak Djokovic looked back to his best on Wednesday after clinching a spot in yet another Wimbledon semi-final.

"I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to".

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

Simon, looking for his third Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 33, secured the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead in the second set when Del Potro netted a return. He last beat him at the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2014, where he reached the final in his best ever performance at a Grand Slam.


"I just think it's really pathetic. I don't like that", he said.

"[Nishikori] even threw the racquet in the fourth set".

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

But that was as good as it got for the Japanese star, who was playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb. I think his confidence is back, ' he said.

Djokovic is a three-time victor at Wimbledon, having won the title in 2011, 2014 and 2015. I haven't spent too much time on the court.


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