Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings
Jul 14 2018
Many Serbians of Krajina (a region in Croatia where Serbs were once the majority) supported his message, backing the country that made them leave.' Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, the three-time former champion reached the quarter-finals where he was to play Kei Nishikori.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC reached his first grand-slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open and then warned he is close to the form which led to successive titles in 2014 and 2015.
The loss marks the end of world No. 28 Nishikori's most successful ever Wimbledon appearance, having reached the final eight for the first time in his career.
Scot Murray, 32 - who triumphed here past 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.
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.
"To be honest, I thought it was unnecessary to get a warning". Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final.
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 feel like I'm peaking at the right time. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.
Djukanovic, on holiday in Greece, posted a video to social media in which he indicated that "those who say "Nole" (Djokovic) has called for support for Croatia make me mad" and called the star an "idiot" for his stance.
He came into the match having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, a run he stretched to 34 before faltering.
The 20-time Grand Slam victor lost the set 6-4 as Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sent the match into a fifth and deciding set.
The South African saved three break points before taking the set 7-5. "The last couple of games I couldn't really see the ball very clearly, it was getting very dark.so I had to hang in there". I think that's not fair.
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.
Asked if he had expected to be switched to Centre, where matches can go on till 11pm under floodlights, the three-times Wimbledon champion said: "Of course, it's always an option".
"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place".