Nishikori ready for war against Djokovic in Wimbledon quarter-final

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori in four sets to win the quarter final at court one on Wednesday. Nadal, who's won two of his 17 Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon, edged 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a wildly entertaining match that featured diving shots by both and lasted 4 hours, 48 minutes.

Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, saved a match point in the third set before recovering to beat the Swiss top seed 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One.

But that was as good as it got for the Japanese star, who was playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb. "Sometimes that's what you need to, I guess, be more alert on the court".

The 32-year-old Anderson struck 65 winners and grabbed a decisive break in the 23rd game of the fifth set to seal victory after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One. "It feels great to be in the last four", Djokovic said, via Wimbledon's Twitter account.

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Djokovic argued with the chair umpire as he was given warnings for racket abuse and delays between serves, but the Serbian explained his side of the argument in the aftermath of the four-set triumph. I am very grateful to play on the court I love and to be competing at a high level.

" I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning. I knew how I threw the racket", Djokovic later explained.

The Spaniard reached his 28th Grand Slam semi-final and his first at Wimbledon since 2011. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap. "It didn't harm the grass".

"I just had to go back to the basics and just try to get comfortable with my game and try to gain as much confidence as possible through match play".

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The pair traded breaks of serve in the opening set before Djokovic broke in the seventh game, carving out the opportunity to serve for the set. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned.

Djokovic, who beat the big-serving Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth-round late on Monday, also dwelt on the mental adjustment he has had to make in the last 24 months, when he has gone without a Grand Slam title.

As he soaked in the applause of the crowd, win secured, there was that old Djokovic again, lapping up the acclaim, turning his hands to the sky and then conducting the crowd in their ripples of cheering. Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won.

"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place".

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