Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic back in semifinals

Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic back in semifinals

Novak Djokovic of Serbia reached his first grand slam semifinal since 2016 after knocking out Kei Nishikori.

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.

Hard-serving Kevin Anderson, having lost the first two sets, fought off a match point and came storming back to stun top seeded Roger Federer on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at Wimbledon.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win. I didn't harm the grass.

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"The umpire said he didn't see. In the midst of emotions in a tough match, it happens".

Watson and partner Tatjana Maria were docked a penalty point in their quarter-final loss against Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova after the official accused the Briton of foul language.

The 12-time Slam champion will face old rival and world No 1 Nadal, who eventually came through against Del Potro in a five-set epic that lasted four hours and 48 minutes on Centre Court to reach his sixth Wimbledon semi-final and 28th at the majors. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

'I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment. But he grew frustrated after failing to capitalize on three straight break points in the third game of the second set and was given a code violation after slamming his racket into the ground.

Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.

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"Do you think or not? I knew how I threw the racket", Djokovic later explained.

After breaking Djokovic's first serve to get off to a promising start in the fourth set, Nishikori was immediately relinquished of his lead as Djokovic broke back once and then again.

"Double standards, my friend".

Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years.

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