Novak Djokovic sees off Kei Nishikori to reach Wimbledon semifinals

Djokovic beats darkness to reach quarter-finals

Three times Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic was a man on a mission after the former world number one beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals for the eighth time.

'I'm grateful, as I said, that it was on Centre Court.

Djokovic had to overcome a series of rows with Carlos Ramos to book a 52nd on-court date on Friday with world No.1 Rafael Nadal. 'Against Anderson he has won all four matches and never dropped a set, so I expect him to comfortably get through.

Djokovic had four break points in the first two service games alone and suffered a Wimbledon meltdown as he bounced his racket off the ground, argued with the umpire, and then went on to lose the second set.

At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under huge pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game.

Serbia´s Novak Djokovic serves to Japan´s Kei Nishikori during their men´s singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

Yet the 22-year-old, playing in the last 16 for the second successive grand slam, saw his hopes severely hindered by mistakes and a sliced forehand wide gave Djokovic a pair of break points - only one of which he needed. "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".

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"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?"

The three-time Wimbledon champion was broken in the opening game of the fourth set, but won the next four games and broke again to clinch victory.

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set. Following the incident, Nishikor - the 24th seed who saved three break points to hold serve at 2-1 in the second set - promptly broke and then held to go 4-1 up.

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.

The Serb has looked in impressive form over the last week and was too strong for Nishikori, who was competing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club.

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