Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Novak Djokovic beats fading light and Karen Khachanov to reach Wimbledon quarters

Novak Djokovic beats fading light and Karen Khachanov to reach Wimbledon quarters

Three time victor Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

Djokovic tends to perform best with a "the world is against me" attitude, so his chances at capturing a fourth Wimbledon crown may have just risen.

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. "Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw".

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Those named Kevin Anderson are being offered a free "victory feast" for them and two friends - in honour of his three-set victory. He fashioned three break points from the next rally and took the second, the first break of the set.

Kei Nishikori bowed out of Wimbledon on Wednesday after losing to Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. I didn't harm the grass. Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him for it, but how can you support Croatia, how don't you feel ashamed? He made a couple of great shots but I managed to break and get back into the set.

Scot Murray, 32 - who triumphed here previous year alongside Martina Hingis - and former singles world No.1 Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Johanna Larsson.

It was a case of down but definitely not out as a Rafael Nadal kept picking himself off a slippery and dusty Centre Court surface to storm into the Wimbledon semi-finals with a pulsating 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 over Juan Martin del Potro.

The semi-final will be the 32nd of Djokovic's Grand Slam career but he has had to fight to get there.

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"[Nishikori] even threw the racquet in the fourth set".

Nishikori is also on his way back up after injury, and the outcome could easily have been different had the Japanese won the game where he had Djokovic at 0-40 early in the third set. He added: "I played very well in Queen's (where he finished runner-up) coming into Wimbledon".

He came into the match having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, a run he stretched to 34 before faltering.

The match saw a lot of swings in momentum, but it was Djokovic winning 10 of the last 12 games to seal the victory.

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But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015. The umpire Carlos Ramos warned the Serb for racket abuse as Nishikori strolled away with the second set. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment", said Djokovic, who booked a place in a Grand Slam semi for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open.

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