Novak Djokovic Beats Kei Nishikori To Enter Eighth Wimbledon Semi-Final

Milos Raonic

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic is the first man through to the Wimbledon semifinals after seeing off Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time).

"I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", Djokovic said as he came off court.

The 31-year-old will play either second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.

"So I think it's not fair but it is the way it is, in the mix of emotions and a tough match it happens".

But Djokovic appears to be building towards somewhere near his best again and, while made to work hard by Nishikori, he was good value for a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 triumph.

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He said: 'I felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it.

"I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment", declared the 12th seeded Serb after joining Americans John McEnroe and Pete Sampras in fourth place on the list of most Wimbledon semi-final appearances in the Open Era.

It was performance of resilience and resolve from the former number one, reminiscent of the player who held all four Grand Slam titles two years ago.

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.

"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?" The world number 40 was unable to mount a response this time and evidence fortune was in the Serbian's favour came on his second of two set points when a Khachanov slip enabled him to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

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Japan´s Kei Nishikori returns against Serbia´s Novak Djokovic during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Djokovic hasn't made a Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 US Open (when he lost in the finals).

Djokovic's mood was not improved by Ramos choosing not to punish Nishikori for imitating his earlier offence of bashing a racquet into the ground.

Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

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