Wimbledon: Novak Djokovic into first semi-final since 2015

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

"I think the first warning was unnecessary", said Djokovic, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court. "I nearly could have".

Ninth seed Isner made the semifinals of a major for the first time with a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4, 6-3 win over 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic. Isner hit 25 aces, saved the only break point he faced, and has won all 95 of his service games in the tournament.

When Anderson broke again in the fourth, Federer was suddenly on the ropes. He could have ended things right then and there.

After serving his way to a 2-1 lead in the third set, Djokovic ramped up his efforts and was met head-on with Nishikori's increase in tempo, but the No. 24 seed missed three break points at 2-2 and was soon trailing.

The comeback was just beginning.

This was only the third time in Federer's 20 years of contesting Grand Slam matches that he lost after taking the opening two sets; both of the other defeats came in 2011. "But it is the way it is in the midst of emotions and tough matches it happens".

How hard was it to see this coming?

Djokovic looked in impressive form, particularly as he closed out the final set. But there was more.

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015.

Djokovic is a three-time victor at Wimbledon, having won the title in 2011, 2014 and 2015. "I think that's not fair".

Nishikori promptly broke serve and then held to go 4-1 up before levelling the match at 1-1 but any sense of a fightback, and the possibility of a first Japanese man in the Wimbledon semi-finals since 1933, was short-lived.

Kevin Anderson did the unthinkable on Wednesday, rallying from two sets down against the always great Roger Federer in a grueling Wimbledon quarterfinal match to advance to his first semifinal. "You're never really safe".

Anderson, who is now 32, has stormed onto the scene in the past 10 months.

As Djokovic battled to find a way to victory, there then came a key moment. But Federer went toe to toe with his buoyant opponent in an epic fifth-set tussle until with the score 11-11 Anderson pounced. His troublesome elbow needed attention at the start of the third set, but even as Djokovic looked like he was on the verge he continued to push and prod him around the court.

His frustrations doubled up after Nishikori did the same in the fourth set but didn't pick a violation, much to the dismay of Djokovic.

Djukanovic, on holiday in Greece, posted a video to social media in which he indicated that "those who say "Nole" (Djokovic) has called for support for Croatia make me mad" and called the star an "idiot" for his stance.

Later, Ramos warned Djokovic for a time violation, but that didn't seem to faze the Serb.


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