Kei ready for Djokovic test

Kei ready for Djokovic test

Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four at a Grand Slam for the first time since 2016 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wimbledon quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori.

He saw off Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals with a vintage performance for his first semi-final of any Grand Slam since the 2016 US Open, which he won.

The former world number one lost his serve in the seventh game, too, but Khachanov simply could not take advantage and Djokovic made no mistake by claiming his first set point when it arrived.

The issues began in the third set when Djokovic was handed a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct for bouncing his racket into the grass behind the baseline on tennis's most famous centre court. "The expectations he's had to deal with for over a decade, 15 years, I mean, at the top of the game, he's able to deal with it so well, which isn't easy". After agonizing quarterfinal defeats at the French Open and Australian Open this year, Djokovic exercised the demons.

The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

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And Nishikori broke in front when a Djokovic drop shot caught the net, as the 24th seed kicked on to draw level in the match. "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.

The No. 12 seed grew into the match and showed more shades of his old stamina that led him to Grand Slam triumphs, and he'll next face either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro, who meet later on Wednesday. Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set. "I'm a different person, different player today".

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket". I feel like I'm peaking at the right time.

Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won. Like Djokovic, Nishikori does things on his own terms - he walks between points, scuffing his feet, and on receiving balls ahead of serve, if the distribution was slightly off he would not take a step left nor right to collect it.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw". I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair.

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