Novak Djokovic sees off Kei Nishikori to reach Wimbledon semifinals

  • Novak Djokovic sees off Kei Nishikori to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Novak Djokovic sees off Kei Nishikori to reach Wimbledon semifinals

But now Djokovic is on his way, courtesy of a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final victory against Kei Nishikori who brought the very best from the 31-year-old.

" I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning".

The Spaniard proved it with a daring chase-down attempt during his win over Juan Martin del Potro overnight, climbing into the stands after trying to reach a ball.

Maybe last year he suffered from a slight dip in motivation, which I also think is completely normal because of what he'd achieved the previous year - winning all four Slams in a row.

This is a 32nd Grand Slam semi-final appearance for Djokovic, although there was some doubt he would reach that mark.

At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under vast pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game.

Djokovic had played just one of his first four matches on Centre but requested to be moved for his meeting with Japan's Nishikori.

"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. I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment".

Forced to fight back from 15-40 down, Djokovic saved a set point and showed a quick pair of hands to swap onto his forehand from left court and fire across Nishikori and into the last four of the competition.

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

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. Following the incident, Nishikor - the 24th seed who saved three break points to hold serve at 2-1 in the second set - promptly broke and then held to go 4-1 up.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd.

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.