Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic unhappy despite reaching semis

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Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

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.

The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points.

The three-time champion's emotions boiled over on several occasions in a spicy 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 quarter-final victory over Japan's former US Open finalist.

"I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win. His last semifinal appearance at a Grand Slam was at the US Open in 2016, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka. Indignation that his desire to close on the grand-slam total of Rafael Nadal and, who knows, even Roger Federer, has been put on hold for so long. "I'm frustrated to lose today, but these two weeks have helped me going forward". President Vucic meanwhile explained that "I backed Russian Federation as that is my right".

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Nishikori promptly broke serve and then held to go 4-1 up before levelling the match at 1-1 but any sense of a fightback, and the possibility of a first Japanese man in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1933, was short-lived. I think his confidence is back, ' he said.

Novak Djokovic felt he was a different player to the Wimbledon victor of old but comparisons were inevitable on Wednesday as the Serb rolled into the semi-finals for the first time since 2015. Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set.

Defending champion Federer lost a Court One thriller, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 as 32-year-old Anderson became the first South African in the Wimbledon semifinals since Kevin Curren in 1983. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later.

"That was I think the biggest chance I had".

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.

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"Come on, you are joking" was his riposte to umpire Carlos Ramos.

"Sometimes you don't feel good, and you try your best".

"I just asked the chair umpire, 'How did I deserve that warning?'", Djokovic said.

Djokovic is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final, an achievement bettered by only three players in the Open Era.

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