Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic blasts 'unnecessary' warnings after QF victory over Nishikori

Jul 12, 2018, 09:21 IST | AFP

Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final. "It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam. I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up," he said

Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic blasts 'unnecessary' warnings after QF victory over Nishikori
Djokovic is ecstatic after his win over Japan's Kei Nishikori. Pics/AFP

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final yesterday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash. Djokovic, 31, will be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final on Friday. It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

The 12-time major winner prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards". "I think the first warning was unnecessary," said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court. "It didn't harm the grass. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. The umpire said he didn't see. I don't think it's fair but it is what it is."

Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori

Despite his anger, Djokovic still reeled off 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final. "It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam. I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up," he said. "I am peaking at the right moment." After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set.

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