Crazed Djokovic unleashes on umpire in bizarre on-court war

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

With Kevin Anderson taking nearly three and a half 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. "I need to find that something". I haven't spent too much time on the court.

Djokovic created a first break point with an astonishing rally that concluded with a forehand down the line and a fist pump, before capitalizing brilliantly at the second attempt. Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.

Novak Djokovic felt he was a different player to the Wimbledon victor of old but comparisons were inevitable on Wednesday as the Serb rolled into the semi-finals for the first time since 2015.

The pair traded breaks of serve in the opening set before Djokovic broke in the seventh game, carving out the opportunity to serve for the set. "Nishikori did the same in the fourth set and he didn't get a warning". He celebrated as if the match was won, and went on to break Nishikori in the next. "I guess there are other factors that play in". "It's always big challenge", said Nishikori. "I was fortunate to have so much success on the Tour, it was a odd feeling for me not to deliver my game that I know I possess, and I've been delivering for so many years". I think that's not fair.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during the fourth round match against Russia's Karen Khachanov.

"Obviously it's different coming into semi-finals this year, taking in consideration 15 months behind, what everything that has happened, my results that were not up to the standard that I was doing before, that I was expected to play on", he said. "I feel like I'm peaking at the right time". "I'm frustrated to lose today, but these two weeks have helped me going forward".

"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss".

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The Serbian has rediscovered his mojo at SW19 and has looked more alike the former world No 1 who once held all four Grand Slam titles at one time in 2016.

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

It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015. I am just excited to be in the semis.

In a nail-biting 4-hour and 13-minute classic, it was 36-year-old Federer's earliest exit at the All England Club since his shock second round defeat against Sergiy Stakhovsky in 2013.

"Only in the second part of the clay-court season that arrived and continued to give [me] good tennis [performances]". I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.

Eighth seed Anderson will play American ninth seed John Isner on Friday for a place in Sunday's final. It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

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