Wimbledon 2018: ‘Different’ Novak Djokovic books his place in the final four

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori in four sets to win the quarter final at court one on Wednesday.

The three-time champion made minor errors in the first set but managed to convert three break points on his way to a comfortable victory.

"Now is the moment to enjoy but start to recover, it was a tough physical battle", Nadal said.

With South African Kevin Anderson taking nearly 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in a four-set thriller in the previous match, Djokovic was left with about two hours of daylight to complete his match against Karen Khachanov if wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday again. But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced. "I think the fact that you have Wimbledon around the corner (after the French Open) helps because you don't have time really to feel sorry about yourself".

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

"(Nishikori) even threw the racquet in the fourth set.

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

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now". I haven't spent too much time on the court.

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"It feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said on the BBC.

It is Djokovic's first appearance in the semi-finals at the All England Club since 2015 - when he last won the title - and he revealed his motivation is fully back as he chases Grand Slam title No. 13.

Nishikori, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held his own in the third set before running out of steam.

As he soaked in the applause of the crowd, win secured, there was that old Djokovic again, lapping up the acclaim, turning his hands to the sky and then conducting the crowd in their ripples of cheering.

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

Djokovic's mood was not improved by Ramos choosing not to punish Nishikori for imitating his earlier offence of bashing a racquet into the ground.

The Argentine, who leads the stubborn baseliner 4-3 in previous encounters, levelled on his second break point and it went to 5-5, but Simon broke again to take the first set off Del Potro in the tournament so far. The two began dating long before Djokovic became a household name, and got married in Montenegro in 2014 right after he won Wimbledon.

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