Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

Earlier, three-time champion Novak Djokovic became the first man through to the semi-finals after seeing off Kei Nishikori in four sets.

"I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final where he will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

A rattled Djokovic lost the second set 6-3 to Nishikori, canceling out his 6-3 win in the first.

It nearly looked like Djokovic ended up giving Nishikori the point on the ensuing backhand, because when you've earned it you've earned it. Djokovic has been looking like his old self again this Wimbledon, but you have to think there's a voice in the back of his head wondering why this keeps happening to him. "Be honest." the Serb exclaimed, shaking his head.

The three-time Wimbledon champion has looked in impressive form over the last week and was too strong for Nishikori, who was competing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club.

Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

However, Djokovic was unable to maintain his level and it was Nishikori who broke for 3-1 and took the second set.

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket". Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. "You think I ruined the court by tossing the racket two metres behind the baseline?"

Political tensions have existed between the neighboring countries dating back to the break-up of Yugoslavia, so the 12-time Grand Slam winner's comments were met with angry posts on social media from the Serbian government official.

Now ranked only 21st in the world, with his career stalling since his 12th Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open, last year's Wimbledon saw him retire in the quarter-finals with a season-ending elbow injury.

"I've worked very hard and very smart to get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest events and it doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon. So hopefully I can keep going".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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