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Novak Djokovic reaches eighth Wimbledon semi-final after win over Kei Nishikori

July 16 2018, 04:35 | Van Peters

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Nishikori put up an admirable fight but was not clinical enough to hold back Djokovic's tide-finally collapsing 6-2 with a third break of the set.

Djokovic will meet world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals on Friday.

However, he later handed Djokovic another break with a wide backhand, allowing Djokovic to serve out and take a comfortable first set. The Swiss previously won 34 straight sets between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

Yet Djokovic appeared to have more control over the ball than his opponent, and when the set was tied at 3-3, he found another gear.

Federer hadn't been broken until facing Anderson.

The 32-year-old Anderson struck 65 winners and grabbed a decisive break in the 23rd game of the fifth set to seal victory after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One.

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four tennis majors since the US Open in 2016.

Djokovic, victor of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori.

Being made to play his fourth round and quarter-final matches on successive days cost Djokovic dear last July as he not only ended up retiring hurt from in his last-eight contest but also had to call time on his 2017 season. The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said. "I didn't see it coming", said Federer.

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If Anderson is to shock Federer, who has only lost once before the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 15 years, he will need to call up the heavy artillery which has served him well at the tournament this year.

"It feels nice to be back in the last four of a Grand Slam, I didn't experience that for a while". I feel like I'm peaking at the right time.

The 24th-seeded Nishikori was able to attack Djokovic's second serve and had a chance to take the lead when he was 0-40 up at 2-2 in the third set.

"I just think it's really pathetic". The two began dating long before Djokovic became a household name, and got married in Montenegro in 2014 right after he won Wimbledon.

It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago.

Djokovic spent a lot of time on the sidelines recovering from a terrible elbow injury that had many fans worrying that he may never return to his scintillating best.

"I just asked the chair umpire, 'How did I deserve that warning?'", Djokovic said.

"Double standards, my friend".

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