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Novak Djokovic sails through to last eight of Wimbledon

Novak Djokovic sails through to last eight of Wimbledon

Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years.

"It feels nice to be back in the last four of a Grand Slam, I didn't experience that for a while". "I need to find that something".

But the Argentine broke back immediately with a volley and then saved another break point at 5-5 with an ace.

The No 2 seed had looked set for a comfortable afternoon when he won the first two sets, the second on a tie-break.

Djokovic, seeded 12th, was visibly disappointed at those missed opportunities, incurring a warning from umpire Ramos for throwing his racket, and Nishikori made him feel even worse when he broke to lead 3-1 after Djokovic put an attempted drop shot into the net. He celebrated as if the match was won, and went on to break Nishikori in the next.

"Being absent from the tour for six months but then coming back, going back for surgery again as the season started, was too much mentally to handle". Like Djokovic, Nishikori does things on his own terms - he walks between points, scuffing his feet, and on receiving balls ahead of serve, if the distribution was slightly off he would not take a step left nor right to collect it. "I knew how I threw the racquet", he said.

The Serbian, Djokovic, maintained the dominance he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve. 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. "It didn't harm the grass".

"I was really glad to play Queen's and to get five matches there".

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"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place".

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.

Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, saved a match point in the third set before recovering to beat the Swiss top seed 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One.

"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".

Eight times champion Roger Federer said it always hurts losing at Wimbledon as he faced the media after his quarter-final defeat by South African Kevin Anderson. "I just kept telling myself this will be my day".

Djokovic had looked in control after the first set on a sunny Centre Court but lost his cool and concentration in the second after a heated exchange with umpire Carlos Ramos. President Vucic meanwhile explained that "I backed Russian Federation as that is my right".

The 32-year-old Anderson will next face American John Isner, who overcame Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7 (5) 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-3 in the battle of two of the biggest servers in the men's draw.


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