Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori to reach semis
Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori in four sets to win the quarter final at court one on Wednesday. It will be his first Grand Slam semi final after almost two years. He last featured in the semi final of 2016 US Open.
The Serbian won 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Centre Court to set up a meeting with either Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin Del Potro in the semi-finals on Friday.
Novak Djokovic triumphed in the first set and it seemed as an easy outing for the three time Wimbledon champion. But the Japanese showed great fight in the second set when he survived four break points and made it one set each for the quarter finalists.
A similar situation arose in fifth game of the third set but this time it was the Serbian who saved three break points before he let out a huge roar as the momentum was on his side.
Djokovic was frustrated at times during the match, receiving two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of “double standards”, but also showed plenty of signs that he is returning to somewhere near his best.
“It feels great to be in the last four of a Slam. I’ve been building in the past couple of weeks. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments. This is not the first time I have been in the semi-finals here but I will try to enjoy this victory. I am very grateful to play on the court I love and to be competing at a high level. I am trying to get in the best possible shape for the biggest possible events and it doesn’t come much bigger that Wimbledon.”, said Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic’s last run to the final four at Wimbledon ended with him winning the tournament and he then went on to lift the 2015 US Open and 2016 Australian and French Open titles, becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time.