Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Djokovic going through the gears ahead of Nadal showdown

Djokovic going through the gears ahead of Nadal showdown

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.

However, his fantastic run to the Wimbledon last four has gone a long way to quashing those fears and now he looks set to return to the top of the game. The South African saved three break points before taking the set 7-5. With Djokovic leading a 15-love game in the first set of their quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Nishikori pulled off what may be the shot of the tournament on a high lob from Djokovic that looked like it was going out. But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

Novak Djokovic triumphed in the first set and it seemed as an easy outing for the three time Wimbledon champion. It will be the 32nd Grand Slam semi of his career and first since the 2016 U.S. Open but, given what has happened since his previous one, a special feeling nonetheless.

"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court.

'I didn't harm the grass.

Adding to Nishikori's problems is a worrying right arm injury which required extensive treatment and a medical time-out in his win over world 130 Gulbis, the man who had put out fourth seed Alezander Zverev in the third round. "I didn't see it coming", said Federer. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals". Only last month, after a French Open quarter-final defeat, Djokovic had raised doubts about even appearing on the grass of south-west London.

"It feels nice to be back in the last four of a Grand Slam, I didn't experience that for a while". "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis I've played in the last couple of months". "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

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After serving his way to a 2-1 lead in the third set, Djokovic ramped up his efforts and was met head-on with Nishikori's increase in tempo, but the No. 24 seed missed three break points at 2-2 and was soon trailing.

Djokovic overcame a series of rows with the chair umpire to record a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 victory over Japan's former US Open finalist.

"I'd be home if that was the case", Djokovic said, when asked whether he felt Wimbledon's Gods were against him.

"Double standards, my friend".

His frustrations doubled up after Nishikori did the same in the fourth set but didn't pick a violation, much to the dismay of Djokovic.

He will surely pose a threat for the 12-seed Djokovic.

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