Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more

by Steven Clarke July 14, 2018, 1:55
Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more

"I need to find that something". "The expectations he's had to deal with for over a decade, 15 years, I mean, at the top of the game, he's able to deal with it so well, which isn't easy".

Having broken Nishikori early in the first set, 21st-ranked Djokovic went on to surrender his subsequent serve with a double fault at break point, and Nishikori served to draw even at 3-3. Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.

After the match, Djokovic admitted his frustration at Ramos's decision, while pointing out that Nishikori did exactly the same thing in the fourth set.

The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points. "I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey".

This time it was the Serb who saved three break points before he let out a huge roar when, with momentum on his side, he broke Nishikori in the next game. "I knew how I threw the racket", Djokovic later explained. I get the warning, he doesn't, so it's not fair.

Djokovic is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final, an achievement bettered by only three players in the Open Era. "I'm frustrated to lose today, but these two weeks have helped me going forward". I don't want to stop here.

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.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting". Beating Roger Federer at Wimbledon is one I will remember. I am just excited to be in the semis.

"And then he has gone up and told the referee that I said "F*****g stupid".

In a nail-biting 4-hour and 13-minute classic, it was 36-year-old Federer's earliest exit at the All England Club since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

"I've worked very hard and very smart to get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest events and it doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon".

But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion appeared to be moving toward his fifth successive Wimbledon semifinal after taking the opening two sets. The Swiss previously won 34 straight sets between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.

The Serb only got his chance to play on Center Court after complaining about how much time Roger Federer was getting to spend in the famous arena.

The 32-year-old Anderson will next face American John Isner, who overcame Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7 (5) 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-3 in the battle of two of the biggest servers in the men's draw.


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