Djokovic into Wimbledon semis

But now Djokovic is on his way, courtesy of a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 quarter-final victory against Kei Nishikori who brought the very best from the 31-year-old.

Isner's 41 attempts at reaching a first Grand Slam semi-final is the second-most in the Open era after fellow American Sam Querrey, who made the Wimbledon last four in 2017 on his 42nd try.

The former world number one has struggled for both form and fitness during the past two seasons, with an elbow injury hindering the Serbian, while he was stunned by Marco Cecchinato at the French Open this year.

The issues began in the third set when Djokovic was handed a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct for bouncing his racket into the grass behind the baseline on tennis's most famous centre court. "Maybe things changed if I got the game".

Elsewhere in the men's bracket, Novak Djokovic has had a lot of ups and downs over the past few years, but he's back in the semifinal of a Grand Slam.

The 24th-seeded Nishikori was able to attack Djokovic's second serve and had a chance to take the lead when he was 0-40 up at 2-2 in the third set.

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly 3-1/2 hours to tame French showman Gael Monfils in the previous match, Djokovic knew he had about two hours of daylight left if he wanted to avoid coming back on Tuesday's rest day to finish off the contest.

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At the start of the second, Djokovic was putting Nishikori under huge pressure again, but the Japanese held firm on serve in a 10-minute game.

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

There, he will face world No 1 Rafael Nadal after he overcame an exhaustive five-set clash with Juan Martin del Potro to reach his first Wimbledon semi in seven years. I didn't harm the grass. "I guess there are other factors that play in". "It's always big challenge", said Nishikori. "I feel physically, mentally ready, fit, positive".

Defending champion Roger Federer's hopes of a ninth Wimbledon title are over after he let slip a two-set lead as he lost to No 8 seed Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth set.

'I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning, ' he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win. I think that these performances here at Wimbledon have been the best I've had in the last 12 months.

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