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Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Djokovic into Wimbledon semi-final, blasts 'unnecessary' warnings

Djokovic cruised past Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 on Monday, marking the second straight major at which he has reached the quarter-finals.

Having saved Federer's only break point of a 90-minute fifth set at 3-4, Anderson took his first chance at 11-11 and then served out for victory.

Nishikori had to survive heavy attack on his serve early in the second as Djokovic smelled blood, saving four break points, which included a 0-40 game.

Djokovic, victor of three singles titles at the All England Club, will next meet Japan's 24th seed Kei Nishikori.

"I have worked very hard to try and get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest event and this is certainly one of the best".

Now ranked only 21st in the world, with his career stalling since his 12th Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open, last year's Wimbledon saw him retire in the quarter-finals with a season-ending elbow injury.

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The Argentine, who leads the stubborn baseliner 4-3 in previous encounters, levelled on his second break point and it went to 5-5, but Simon broke again to take the first set off Del Potro in the tournament so far. "I'm frustrated to lose today, but these two weeks have helped me going forward. I feel physically, mentally ready, fit, positive". But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015. "Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

Kevin Anderson, the big South African who winds down from tennis by reaching for his guitar, admits he needs to be right on key from the start of his Wimbledon quarter-final against eight-time champion Roger Federer.

When Nishikori then bounced his own racket against the court in the fourth set without being given a warning, Djokovic yelled out "double standards" toward the umpire's chair - drawing boos from the Centre Court crowd. I don't want to stop here. "I didn't harm the grass", he said.

Djokovic is through to his eighth Wimbledon semi-final, an achievement bettered by only three players in the Open Era. "I knew how I threw the racket", Djokovic later explained. "He's one of the best players on the tour".

Djokovic was seen engaged in a heated discussion with the umpire in the aftermath of the warning and it is fair to say some of his comments and complaints have left a sour taste in the mouth of some Wimbledon punters over the course of the championships.