Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more

Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more

But now Djokovic is on his way, courtesy of a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final victory against Kei Nishikori who brought the very best from the 31-year-old.

It will be the Serbian's first appearance in the last four at a grand slam since finishing as runner-up at the US Open in 2016.

"I'm not sure what to say right now", U.S. Open finalist Anderson said. "I need to find that something". 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.

Forced to fight back from 15-40 down, Djokovic saved a set point and showed a quick pair of hands to swap onto his forehand from left court and fire across Nishikori and into the last four of the competition.

However, he later handed Djokovic another break with a wide backhand, allowing Djokovic to serve out and take a comfortable first set.

The pair traded breaks of serve in the opening set before Djokovic broke in the seventh game, carving out the opportunity to serve for the set. Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set. He celebrated as if the match was won, and went on to break Nishikori in the next.

"It's like that with the big servers", Federer said.

Asked if he is a genuine contender this year, Djokovic replied: "That's why I'm here". "I think the fact that you have Wimbledon around the corner (after the French Open) helps because you don't have time really to feel sorry about yourself". "I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some wonderful points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

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Either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro will provide the next hurdle on Friday.

The Japanese player has already lost twice to the former world number one this year - on clay in Madrid and Rome.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

The Spaniard and Djokovic will be viewed as the two favourites to go all the way following reigning champion Roger Federer's shock exit to Kevin Anderson.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing".

"And then he has gone up and told the referee that I said "F*****g stupid". "His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson. Today was one of those days. "The umpire said he didn't see". I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.

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.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star.

That initial burst gave Federer 34 successive sets won at Wimbledon, equaling his own record set between 2005 and 2006.

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