Djokovic advances to Wimbledon quarterfinals

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From court scheduling to code violations, from poor chair calls to catcalls, Novak Djokovic would be entitled to feel forsaken by the Wimbledon Gods were it not for the fact that he will be contesting his first grand-slam semi-final in two years. Federer broke Anderson's serve three times, but never did so after the second set.

"You think I ruined the court for just throwing my racket (down)?"

Anger and cutting a disconsolate figure has been a running theme for Djokovic at Wimbledon this year.

Kei Nishikori bowed out of Wimbledon on Wednesday after losing to Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

The Serb only got his chance to play on Center Court after complaining about how much time Roger Federer was getting to spend in the famous arena. "Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

The Japanese player has already lost twice to the former world number one this year - on clay in Madrid and Rome.

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Djokovic faces Rafael Nadal in his semi-final on Saturday morning NZT.

Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

Djokovic rallied to hold and only lost two more games from that point onward as he advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open.

However Djokovic seems to have rediscovered the old fire that powered him to 12 Grand Slam titles and responded well to being pulled back to level sets, tearing through the last two high-quality sets to take the match 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

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.

But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone. Djokovic last appeared in the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2015, when he won.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act of frustration in the fourth set. I like the level of tennis that I'm playing right now, I really do'.

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