Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts unnecessary warnings

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his quarter final match against Japan's Kei Nishikori.

He next faces two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in his first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2016 U.S. Open.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

When the Croatians faced off against hosts Russia in their quarter-final many Serbs who gathered to watch in cafes in central Belgrade were backing the Russians rather than their neighbours from the former Yugoslavia.

A tight third set turned in Djokovic's favor as Nishikori went wide and that was enough for the fired-up three-time champion to edge back in front as he served into a 2-1 lead.

The 31-year-old will play second-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the last four. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

"I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment", declared the 12th seeded Serb after joining Americans John McEnroe and Pete Sampras in fourth place on the list of most Wimbledon semi-final appearances in the Open Era.

After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set.


"Do you think or not?"

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act in the fourth set.

"Double standards, my friend".

However, the Japanese came through a tough start to hold early in the second, prompting a frustrated Djokovic to smash his racket against the ground before arguing with the chair umpire.

On Centre Court, it was first blood to Djokovic and it seemed that his opponent would be for the taking.

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