Crazed Djokovic unleashes on umpire in bizarre on-court war

14 July, 2018, 08:49 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Novak Djokovic equals Jimmy Connors and Andy Murray by reaching Wimbledon quarter-finals

However, Nishikori was prevented from launching a comeback as Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion, regained his composure and managed to grind out wins in the third set (6-2) and in the fourth set (6-2) to set up a semifinal match against Juan Martín del Potro or Rafa Nadal.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion then raised his level in the fourth set and finished with a victor into the corner to book his place in Friday's semi-finals where he was joined by a familiar foe as Nadal won through late in the day.

The Japanese player has already lost twice to the former world number one this year - on clay in Madrid and Rome. "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy", he said.

"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?"

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 last beat him at the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2014, where he reached the final in his best ever performance at a Grand Slam. The 20-time Grand Slam victor lost the set 6-4 as Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sent the match into a fifth and deciding set.

"It gives me confidence that I was able to play good tennis on grass", Nishikori said. "I had to go back to basics and hit as many balls as I could on the practice courts, get that feel again". Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

"I am trying to get in the best possible shape for the biggest possible events and it doesn't come much bigger that Wimbledon.", said Novak Djokovic.

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Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer. It was the first time he played a fourth set at Wimbledon since 2016 against Milos Raonic.

'I didn't harm the grass. "In the midst of emotions in a tough match, it happens".

"I just asked the chair umpire, 'How did I deserve that warning?'", Djokovic said.

Anderson held for 5-all, broke to 6-5 with a violent return victor off a 97 miles per hour second serve, then staved off three break points and closed the set with a 133 miles per hour ace.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

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.

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