Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic in first Grand Slam semifinal for two years

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

Djokovic, three times a champion at SW19, maintained the dominance he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve.

It will be Djokovic's first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2016 US Open as he continues his bid to return to the top of the game.

Rafael Nadal needed nearly five hours to beat Juan Martin del Potro and set up a Wimbledon semi-final with Novak Djokovic.

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 thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win.

"I didn't harm the grass, I know how I threw the racket".

"I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment". And I asked everybody behind me out loud, "What did you hear me say?'".

"Anything could have happened, so this is a big achievement for me to get to the semi-finals at Wimbledon".

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

Nishikori held a 10-minute game to start the second set and then saved three break points in his next service game as Djokovic looked to build on his advantage.

The Serbian was in fine form as he overcame a spirited Kei Nishikori on Center Court as his comeback from injury continues to go from strength to strength.

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.

Djokovic looked to be growing frustrated and was warned for throwing his racket into the ground.

"Double standards, my friend".

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.

But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015.

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