Nishikori predicts 'war' with Djokovic in quarters

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He may have earned his first Wimbledon semi-final spot in three years, but Novak Djokovic wasn't a happy camper during and following his quarter-final win over Kei Nishikori this morning.

'Obviously I have a great opportunity to play the sport I love and compete at this high level and I've worked very hard and very smart to get myself in the best possible shape for these events - it doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon so hopefully I can keep on going.

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. "Coming into Wimbledon I already felt more comfortable and didn't need time to settle in".

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

Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.

"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racquet that I throw". I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair. However, Djokovic was unable to maintain his level and it was Nishikori who broke for 3-1 and took the second set.

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Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final past year, 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. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment". "I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some awesome points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

Later in the match, Djokovic was clearly frustrated and complained of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw. "I think confidence is back for him".

Having reached the semis of 22 of the 24 majors between 2011 and 2016, Djokovic is now closing in on a first final appearance at a Slam since losing to Stan Wawrinka at the U.S. Open two years ago.

Nishikori is also on his way back up after injury, and the outcome could easily have been different had the Japanese won the game where he had Djokovic at 0-40 early in the third set. But then the Japanese player, world number four in March previous year, survived those four break points early in the second set to level. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

He came into the match having won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon, a run he stretched to 34 before faltering.

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

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