Kei Nishikori bows out in four sets in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Lynette Rowe
July 14, 2018

Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 after recording a hard-fought win over Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon on Wednesday. With Djokovic leading a 15-love game in the first set of their quarterfinal match on Wednesday, Nishikori pulled off what may be the shot of the tournament on a high lob from Djokovic that looked like it was going out.

With his 24th seeded opponent saving three break points to hold serve at 2-1, Djokovic bounced his racket off the baseline in frustration and then seethed after he was given a code of conduct warning.

But Anderson, playing in his first Wimbledon quarter-final, finally made the 20-time Grand Slam champion look human. When Nishikori let his own racket fly in the fourth set, he wasn't chastised, which prompted Djokovic to yell "double standards" toward Ramos - drawing boos from fans.

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

He added: "I played very well in Queen's (where he finished runner-up) coming into Wimbledon".

Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle that ended in a 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 victory for the South African.

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Scheduled last on No. 1 Court, Djokovic and Khachanov did not get underway until after 19:00 local time at the All England Club on Monday.

"I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to". "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later.

Djokovic spent a lot of time on the sidelines recovering from a terrible elbow injury that had many fans worrying that he may never return to his scintillating best.

"It took me two or three months and that was frustrating that I wasn't able to perform the game that I was used to and the level of tennis I wanted to play".

"He claims that he didn't see what Nishikori has done, but apparently he always sees what I do", Djokovic said afterward, "something that I don't think is fair".

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. If there were obvious empty seats for the lunchtime encounter, with defending champion Roger Federer in action at the same time on Court One, the entertainment could not be faulted. "Luckily for me it didn't happen", Djokovic said after he romped to a 6-4 6-2 6-2 win to reach the last eight for a 10th time.

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