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Wimbledon 2018: ‘Different’ Novak Djokovic books his place in the final four

Novak Djokovic reveals what was his best match in career Djokovic into 10th Wimbledon quarter-final
Edward Snyder | 14 July, 2018, 08:51

Novak Djokovic became a serious Wimbledon title contender as he made his first semi-final since 2015 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori.

The Serb committed just a dozen unforced errors on Monday and hit 29 winners to dispatch Khachanov as night fell on the All England Club, reports Efe.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion then raised his level in the fourth set and finished with a victor into the corner to book his place in Friday's semi-finals where he was joined by a familiar foe as Nadal won through late in the day.

Later in the match, Djokovic was clearly frustrated and complained of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

"He started off with a break". "Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

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.

Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack. Find us on Facebook too!

Those fears dimmed when Nishikori broke Nole in the opening game of the fourth set, but again the balance tipped in the Serb's direction when he broke back in the follower.

Djokovic hasn't made a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open (when he lost in the finals). "He's one of the best players on the tour".




With South African Kevin Anderson taking nearly 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in a four-set thriller in the previous match, Djokovic was left with about two hours of daylight to complete his match against Karen Khachanov if wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday again.

It proved pivotal as the South African recovered to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-4 13-11 in four hours and 13 minutes.

Novak Djokovic felt he was a different player to the Wimbledon victor of old but comparisons were inevitable on Wednesday as the Serb rolled into the semi-finals for the first time since 2015.

"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place".

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he said.

"It's feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said. "I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey". "I think confidence is back for him".

"It doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon, so hopefully I can keep on going". So far four matches have been really, really good for me here.

"It feels great to be in the last four". I am very grateful to play on the court I love and to be competing at a high level.

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