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Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission

Djokovic into Wimbledon semis like a man on a mission

Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, who'll go up against Kei Nishikori in the last eight on Wednesday, appreciated the near back-to back nature of the two summer Slams.

Even though Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still alive at this year's Wimbledon, Japan's Kei Nishikori is making sure he gets some attention. "Sometimes that's what you need to, I guess, be more alert on the court".

Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.

But having become the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995, Nishikori must now overturn a 13-2 career losing record against three-time champion Djokovic on Wednesday. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment". "In the same time, I'm trying to use the experience and memories that I had on being in final stages of Grand Slams, just take things very simple, day by day...not get ahead of myself too much".

Explaining the process which he underwent to get back closer to his best, 31-year-old Djokovic added: "I was putting a lot of hours on the practice courts and really being dedicated and motivated to get back on that level that I'm used to playing and have played over the years".

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has continued his resurgence in the men's game by reaching the semi-finals. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

'I didn't harm the grass.




Federer had a match point at 5-4 in the third set, but struck a backhand into the net before the eighth-seeded Anderson broke in the following game and held serve.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd. "I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals".

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.

Nishikori still would not fade and he forced Djokovic to go long for an early break in the fourth, but that advantage was swiftly canceled out following another fine rally.

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

For the only the second time at Wimbledon, Federer was beaten after holding a two-set lead, with his previous loss from that position coming against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 quarterfinals.