Kei Nishikori predicts 'war' with Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon quarters

Jul 11, 2018, 10:52 IST | AFP

Nishikori, 28, overcame an arm injury to reach his first All England Club quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis

Kei Nishikori predicts 'war' with Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon quarters
Novak Djokovic practices in London yesterday. Pic/AFP

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 23 years to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals on Monday and then predicted a "war" with Novak Djokovic to get to the last four.

Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori

Nishikori, 28, overcame an arm injury to reach his first All England Club quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Nishikori must now overturn a 13-2 career losing record against three-time champion Djokovic today. "He's always like a big war for me. I always enjoy playing against him. It's always big challenge," said Nishikori.

The Japanese player has already lost twice to the former World No. 1 this year. Djokovic, meanwhile, reached the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

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