Djokovic reaches his eighth Wimbledon semi-final

Djokovic reaches his eighth Wimbledon semi-final

Djokovic reaches his eighth Wimbledon semi-final

Three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic topped Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam event for the 10th time.

The three-time champion's emotions boiled over on several occasions in a spicy 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 quarter-final victory over Japan's former US Open finalist. It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam. Scot Murray, 32 - who triumphed here a year ago alongside Martina Hingis - and former singles world No.1 Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Johanna Larsson.

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. "The last couple of games I couldn't really see the ball very clearly, it was getting very dark.so I had to hang in there".

Asked if he is a genuine contender this year, Djokovic replied: "That's why I'm here".

The 24th-seeded Nishikori was able to attack Djokovic's second serve and had a chance to take the lead when he was 0-40 up at 2-2 in the third set. Frustrated, Djokovic threw his racket to the floor and received a warning from the umpire.

Djokovic now awaits Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro and on Friday will contest his first All England Club semi-final since 2015.

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Nishikori initially stayed with his opponent and hit back in another superb game - but a wild backhand late on handed Djokovic the first set. "I guess there are other factors that play in".

This time it was the Serb who saved three break points before he let out a huge roar when, with momentum on his side, he broke Nishikori in the next game.

Defending champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting a match point during a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 defeat to Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Wednesday.

"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today".

"I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".

Nishikori still would not fade and he forced Djokovic to go long for an early break in the fourth, but that advantage was swiftly cancelled out following another fine rally. I don't want to stop here. I think that these performances here at Wimbledon have been the best I've had in the last 12 months. "I mean, anybody who saw the match, I mean, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass", Djokovic said later.

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