A Resurgent Novak Djovokic Reaches the Wimbledon Semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters

A FUMING Novak Djokovic accused the chair umpire of "double standards" before advancing to his first Wimbledon semi-final in three years with a four-set dispatch of Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic, victor of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori.

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

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. "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". "Be honest", Djokovic asked.

He then failed to convert three crucial break opportunities on Djokovic's serve at 2-2 in the third set, giving away the game and then his next two serves to hand the Serb his second set.

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.

However, he later handed Djokovic another break with a wide backhand, allowing Djokovic to serve out and take a comfortable first set.




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.

The No. 12 seed grew into the match and showed more shades of his old stamina that led him to Grand Slam triumphs, and he'll next face either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro, who meet later on Wednesday. I feel like I'm peaking at the right time. The umpire Carlos Ramos warned the Serb for racket abuse as Nishikori strolled away with the second set.

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

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket". "His consistency, the way he plays such great tennis week in and week out", said Anderson.

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015.

The Spaniard and Djokovic will be viewed as the two favourites to go all the way following reigning champion Roger Federer's shock exit to Kevin Anderson. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss. But hopefully I have two more matches to play".

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