Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Wimbledon 2018 -- The Novak Djokovic show rolls into the Wimbledon semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters
Eugene Bates | 14 July, 2018, 08:47

Novak Djokovic ended his near two-year absence from grand slam semi-finals by booking a place in the last four at Wimbledon. "He's got weapons, a big first serve and a big forehand, but I managed to get serves back and make him play another shot", he added.

When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes.

"You think I ruined the court for just throwing my racket (down)?"

"Also psychologically obviously, I was so fortunate to have so much success on the tour over the course of 10-plus years".

Novak Djokovic was embroiled in a controversy during his quarter-final win over Japan's Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon on Wednesday. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said. "The big challenge for me after surgery was to be comfortable with the change of racquet, and the different compensations that I made in the motion of my serve", said the Serb, who asked for some modifications to be made to his Head Graphene Touch. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

Djokovic saved three break points in the fifth game of the third and made the Japanese star pay by breaking for 4-2 and an eventual two sets to one lead.

Rafael Nadal needed nearly five hours to beat Juan Martin del Potro and set up a Wimbledon semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

Nishikori had to survive heavy attack on his serve early in the second as Djokovic smelled blood, saving four break points, which included a 0-40 game. His troublesome elbow needed attention at the start of the third set, but even as Djokovic looked like he was on the verge he continued to push and prod him around the court.

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.

"It took me two or three months and that was frustrating that I wasn't able to perform the game that I was used to and the level of tennis I wanted to play".

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.

Eight times champion Roger Federer said it always hurts losing at Wimbledon as he faced the media after his quarter-final defeat by South African Kevin Anderson. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

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