Djokovic downs Nishikori, into 8th Wimbledon SF

The Serbian beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 to reach his first semi-final at any of the four majors since the US Open in 2016.

The former world number one reached the last four of a grand slam for the first time since the 2016 US Open by battling his way past Kei Nishikori at the All England Club on Wednesday. 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.

However, should he make Sunday's final and win it, he probably won't care that he isn't exactly a fan favourite.

Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson came back from two sets down to edge past top seed and defending champion Roger Federer 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 and reach his first Wimbledon semi-final. "Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

This was only the third time in Federer's 20 years of contesting Grand Slam matches that he lost after taking the opening two sets; both of the other defeats came in 2011.

"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now", Djokovic said. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

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.

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

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

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.

Asked whether he was a "man on a mission" to get back to where he left off, the Serb could only agree: "Of course, that's why I'm here", he said.

"It felt like it was getting better and better as matches and time went on".

He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all.

But having got his foothold in the second set, Djokovic's nous and show-court experience shone through, making it 13 wins on the bounce for the Serb against Nishikori.

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

"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

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