Wimbledon 2018: Novak Djokovic beats darkness and Karen Khachanov to reach quarterfinals

Tyler Owen
July 14, 2018

Earlier, the tall Serbian beat Nishikori 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in four sets to make it to the semi-finals. The level of tennis has been going up in the past couple of months and tournaments. His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.

Novak Djokovic discusses what it means to return to the Wimbledon semifinals and the cause of his frustrations with the chair umpire in the second set.

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.

"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court. He made a couple of great shots but I managed to break and get back into the set. Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap.

Those fears dimmed when Nishikori broke Nole in the opening game of the fourth set, but again the balance tipped in the Serb's direction when he broke back in the follower.

Scot Murray, 32 - who triumphed here a year ago alongside Martina Hingis - and former singles world No.1 Azarenka moved into the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 win over Matwe Middelkoop and Johanna Larsson.

But, Anderson, the 2017 US Open runner-up, rallied and fought back to level things before prevailing in a marathon final set to triumph 2-6, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 13-11.

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"It gives me confidence that I was able to play good tennis on grass", Nishikori said.

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

It will be Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final and he will start favourite against Nishikori who will be in his first last-eight at the All England Club.

As he soaked in the applause of the crowd, win secured, there was that old Djokovic again, lapping up the acclaim, turning his hands to the sky and then conducting the crowd in their ripples of cheering.

"It's feels great to be in the last four of a slam", Djokovic said. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces.

He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star. "The big challenge for me after surgery was to be comfortable with the change of racquet, and the different compensations that I made in the motion of my serve", said the Serb, who asked for some modifications to be made to his Head Graphene Touch. I don't want to stop here.

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