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Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori's resistance to reach Wimbledon semis

12 July 2018

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reached his first grand slam semifinal since 2016 after knocking out Kei Nishikori.

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.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some incredible points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1) 7-6 (5) 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two on Monday. So far the four matches have been really, really good for me'.

Djokovic rallied to hold and only lost two more games from that point onward as he advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open.

But there was no stopping the Serb once he made it on to Court One as he romped to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win to reach the quarter-finals for a 10th time.

Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.

He said: 'I felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it.

"I think in a way I've earned the right to play the quarter on Centre, we've put the request in to the organisers", Djokovic said.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

A tight third set turned in Djokovic's favour as Nishikori went wide and that was enough for the fired-up three-time champion to edge back in front as he served into a 2-1 lead.

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act of frustration in the fourth set.

But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori's resistance to reach Wimbledon semis