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Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori to make semis

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori to make semis

Federer's first double fault of the match was perhaps the most costly error either player made. He was within touching distance as he held to 30 for a 5-2 buffer and, much like the preceding set, he rammed home his superiority to seal the set - and the match - with a double break.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone. His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.

"I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set".

Anderson, who is now 32, has stormed onto the scene in the past 10 months. Nishikori, 28, overcame an arm injury to reach his first All England Club quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Indignation that he has not won a grand-slam event for more than two years. "I know who I would like to lift the trophy", Serbian media quoted Djokovic as saying from Wimbledon.

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win.

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.

"I kept telling myself to keep believing".

Nadal ended the four hour and 48 minute thriller with a backhand volley victor past a lunging Del Potro who ended the contest lying flat on his stomach.

Anger and cutting a disconsolate figure has been a running theme for Djokovic at Wimbledon this year.

Novak Djokovic lost his temper at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015. His match against Nishikori will fall on the first anniversary of him having to retire from his 2017 quarter-final against Tomas Berdcyh with an elbow injury. Since then, it has been a long rehabilitation process. "Indian Wells, Miami, most of the clay court season", added Djokovic. That was a boost after a shock quarter-final exit at the French Open to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato of Italy. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment", said Djokovic, who booked a place in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open.

He's playing like it, at least.

At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under enormous pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game. He now has broken his opponent's serve 31 times at Wimbledon.

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