Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Novak Djokovic sends Rafael Nadal warning ahead of Wimbledon semi-final clash

Novak Djokovic sends Rafael Nadal warning ahead of Wimbledon semi-final clash

It also helps that Roger Federer was knocked out by Kevin Anderson in five dramatic sets, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

He will next face either two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro. Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.

The 32-year-old became the first opponent to win a service game, and then a set, against Federer at this year's Championships. He broke to 30 and then served out for a dramatic victory.

Djokovic defeated 24 seed Kei Nishikori in four sets on Wednesday at Wimbledon, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, to advance.

However Djokovic seems to have rediscovered the old fire that powered him to 12 Grand Slam titles and responded well to being pulled back to level sets, tearing through the last two high-quality sets to take the match 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2. The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". "I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I threw".

'I didn't harm the grass.

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. (Ramos) said he didn't see it. "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals".

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Djokovic won a dozen major titles before a loss of form, and injury problems, affected his game following his first French Open triumph in 2016.

However, his fantastic run to the Wimbledon last four has gone a long way to quashing those fears and now he looks set to return to the top of the game.

"I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's".

"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. "I think that's not fair".

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star. You have got people in all different languages swearing constantly all the time.

Later in the match, Djokovic was clearly frustrated and complained of "double standards" when Nishikori was not punished for a racket throw.

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