Djokovic Progresses to Wimbledon Semi-finals

Tanya Simon
July 13, 2018

After seeing off big servers Kyle Edmund and Karen Khachanov, he faced Nishikori, who had recovered from his own serious injury to hit peak form in reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final.

The three-time champion's emotions boiled over on several occasions in a spicy 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 quarter-final victory over Japan's former US Open finalist.

"I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win.

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.

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket". (Ramos) said he didn't see it. I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair. Indignation that he has not made it past the quarter-finals in any of the past six.

Yet the 22-year-old, playing in the last 16 for the second successive grand slam, saw his hopes severely hindered by mistakes and a sliced forehand wide gave Djokovic a pair of break points - only one of which he needed.

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's". President Vucic meanwhile explained that "I backed Russian Federation as that is my right".

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But Zlatko Dalić's side fought back through Ivan Perisic , before Mario Mandzukic netted the victor in extra-time. Midfielder Perisic was outstanding in the second half and caused England no end of problems.

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.

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set.

"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?"

However, the Japanese came through a tough start to hold early in the second, prompting a frustrated Djokovic to smash his racket against the ground before arguing with the chair umpire.

Having already been critical of what he described as unfair treatment from the Wimbledon crowd during his clash with Kyle Edmund, Djokovic was less than impressed with the umpires decision.

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