Kei Nishikori bows out in four sets in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Doug Mendoza
July 14, 2018

Djokovic now awaits Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro and on Friday will contest his first All England Club semi-final since 2015.

The No 2 seed had looked set for a comfortable afternoon when he won the first two sets, the second on a tie-break.

Top seed Federer, who was aiming for a record-equalling ninth singles title, missed a match point in the third set.

Djokovic looked in impressive form, particularly as he closed out the final set.

Federer hadn't been broken until facing Anderson. But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced.

Nishikori capitalised on this lapse in concentration, putting together his finest game of the match to break and then consolidate.

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Three time victor Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time since the 2016 U.S. Open, beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2. His latest foray into the final four of Wimbledon is just another addition to his now 32 Grand Slam semifinal appearances, now second on the list behind Roger Federer.

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But the 31-year-old wasn't happy with Carlos Ramos, accusing the the Spanish official of "double standards" during an ongoing battle in the two-hour, 35-minute encounter. "You think I ruined the court by tossing the racket two metres behind the baseline?"

'I didn't harm the grass.

"(Nishikori) even threw the racquet in the fourth set. He [Ramos] said he didn't see it. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

A nagging elbow injury caused him to take an eight-month break from the sport prior to last year's US Open, and he also admitted to having to deal with personal issues.

Next up for the Spaniard is a blockbuster last four showdown with Serb Novak Djokovic. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

"I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".

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.

Scot Murray, 32 - who triumphed here previous year alongside Martina Hingis - and former singles world No.1 Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Johanna Larsson.

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