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Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more

12 July 2018, 10:40 | Charlene Valdez

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov. Andrew Boyers Reuters

In the middle of a quarterfinal clash against Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori, Djokovic grew increasingly frustrated that the second set was not going his way.

A fuming Novak Djokovic accused the chair umpire of "double standards" before advancing to his first Wimbledon semi-final in three years with a four-set dispatch of Kei Nishikori.

Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final where he will face either world number one Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

I would be happy to see them lifting the trophy.' In March, he had posted a photo with Croatian football stars Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, writing on Instagram: 'Happy to meet nice guys and great players from Croatian National team.' Vladimir Djukanovic, a member of President Aleksander Vucic's Serbian Progressive Party, through a video, said that only an idiot could support Croatia.

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.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

After serving his way to a 2-1 lead in the third set, Djokovic ramped up his efforts and was met head-on with Nishikori's increase in tempo, but the No. 24 seed missed three break points at 2-2 and was soon trailing.

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


The Serb was handed a code violation warning for dropping his racket to the turf in the second set, which prompted a heated discussion with Ramos before Djokovic went on to lose the set.

'I didn't harm the grass.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos. "I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".

Nishikori, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held his own in the third set before running out of steam.

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. "I knew how I threw the racquet", he said.

He then let rip at Ramos for failing to sanction Nishikori for a similar act of frustration in the fourth set.

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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