Djokovic in Wimbledon semifinals

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

Nishikori put up an admirable fight but was not clinical enough to hold back Djokovic's tide-finally collapsing 6-2 with a third break of the set.

French Open champion Nadal battled past Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 7-5 6-7 (7) 4-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon last four for the first time since 2011.

The No 2 seed had looked set for a comfortable afternoon when he won the first two sets, the second on a tie-break. His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.

Djokovic looked in control in the first set.

That period saw an early Djokovic break immediately cancelled out before the Serbian struck again at 4-3, thanks in part to a stunning forehand on the run, and he served the first set out. He broke to 30 and then served out for a dramatic victory.

Three-time Wimbledon champion, Novak Djokovic advanced to the last four, defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 at the on Wednesday.

Jelena Djokovic is the 12-time Grand Slam champion's biggest fan and supporter.

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Isner's 41 attempts at reaching a first Grand Slam semi-final is the second-most in the Open era after fellow American Sam Querrey, who made the Wimbledon last four in 2017 on his 42nd try. The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". "I just had to go back to basics and hit as many balls as I can on the practice courts, just get that feel". I didn't harm the grass. "The umpire said he didn't see". I get the warning, he doesn't - it's not fair.

Nishikori promptly broke serve and then held to go 4-1 up before levelling the match at 1-1 but any sense of a fightback, and the possibility of a first Japanese man in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1933, was short-lived.

After coming through his test, Djokovic said: "If I have to compare the game that I've played, the level of tennis that I've had in those years and today, I think it's pretty close".

"I have been building on my game and working on the level of tennis that I have been playing in the last few months".

'I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment. Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

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

"I'm grateful but at the same time trying not to get ahead of myself too much". I don't know how you would break him and that's why it's exciting he is back in the mix. "Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one.

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