Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Jul 14, 2018, 01:58
Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Ninth seed Isner made the semifinals of a major for the first time with a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3 win over 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic.

First of all, Federer was 4-0 against Anderson, winning every set. It will be his first Grand Slam semi final after nearly two years.

Djokovic went on to take the set but there was to be another twist at the start of the fourth when the world number 28 - also known for his obdurate resistance - broke Djokovic again.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing". "I need to find that something".

"It's starting to come together for me".

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 23 years to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday and then predicted a "war" with Novak Djokovic to get to the last four.

Defending champion Roger Federer crashed out after eighth seed Kevin Anderson fought back from two sets down in a gripping quarter-final.

"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place". That's the worst feeling you can have as a tennis player.

" I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning".

It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

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. "Hopefully I can maintain that".

"It doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon, so hopefully I can keep on going".

"So I think it's not fair but it is the way it is, in the mix of emotions and a tough match it happens".

Nishikori, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held his own in the third set before running out of steam.

"He was pumping himself up".

"Only in the second part of the clay-court season that arrived and continued to give [me] good tennis [performances]".

"Do you think or not?"

A fuming Novak Djokovic accused the chair umpire of "double standards" before advancing to his first Wimbledon semi-final in three years with a four-set dispatch of Kei Nishikori.

This was only the third time in Federer's 20 years of contesting Grand Slam matches that he lost after taking the opening two sets; both of the other defeats came in 2011.

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