Wimbledon Novak Djokovic into semi-finals after accusing umpire 'double standards'

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

"I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

Friday's fixture will be Djokovic's first major semi-final since he finished runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Open, which also happens to be the last Grand Slam in which Nishikori made it past the last eight.

Meanwhile, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro met stubborn resistance from Frenchman Gilles Simon and had to settle for a suspension of their Wimbledon fourth round match as he led 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5), 5-7 after more than three hours on Court Two.

Djokovic, who defeated Nishikori in four sets to reach the semi-finals, added: 'It was the tournament's decision.

He said: 'I felt like in the last month and a half, the level of tennis has been very close to where I would like it to be, where I'm used to having it.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some fantastic points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

Maybe I don't have a good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him'. The powerful Argentinian has won five of his 15 matches against Nadal but lost to the world number one at two of the last three slams.

'I don't think it really mattered, to be honest. "I knew how I threw the racquet", he said. One it's an wonderful feat but also it must take an incredible amount out of you and winning that French Open for him must have been something he'd been trying to do for a very, very long time and he'd put so much effort in, lost some tough ones in the years gone by.

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. Not just an experience, but a challenge that I've set for myself.

"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.

Rafael Nadal has a bit of that on his side, with the world No.1 the sole player from the top seven in the men's rankings to reach the semi-finals. Serena Williams will face Julia Goerges while Angelique Kerber meets Jelena Ostapenko.

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