Novak Djokovic sends Rafael Nadal warning ahead of Wimbledon semi-final clash

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

A FUMING Novak Djokovic accused the chair umpire of "double standards" before advancing to his first Wimbledon semi-final in three years with a four-set dispatch of Kei Nishikori.

He then failed to convert three crucial break opportunities on Djokovic's serve at 2-2 in the third set, giving away the game and then his next two serves to hand the Serb his second set.

"After surgery I didn't think it was going to take me so much time to really get on the desired level". It will be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam.

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.

"I had moments where I was great, I felt like I was reading his serve, other moments where I don't know where the hell I was moving to". It's not the first time I've been in semi-finals, I've been here before but I'll try to enjoy this victory'.

"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth".

Nishikori, playing in his first quarter-final at the All England Club, was bidding to become the first Japanese man to make the Wimbledon semi-finals in 85 years. It was a step up in momentum that Nishikori momentarily halted with a break at the start of the fourth, but Djokovic then returned the favour and closed out the match.

Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments
And it stands in stark contrast to how the president has talked about America's allies during his ongoing worldwide trip. Trump begrudgingly signed the bipartisan bill and claimed multiple aspects of the legislation violated the Constitution.

Difficult day for prime minister but not a disaster
A blimp depicting Trump as a baby is flying outside parliament, and dozens of other demonstrations are planned across the UK. As he said in his interview with The Sun she "is a very good person" and he 'never said anything bad about her.'.

Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena
Republicans have said they disagree with that conclusion, which will likely be a significant focus of Thursday's public hearing. Following that report and the firing of Comey by Trump, the Department of Justice Inspector General launched an investigation.

And he did not disappoint with a battling performance reminiscent of days gone by, even if he did fall out with umpire Carlos Ramos.

But having got his foothold in the second set, Djokovic's nous and show-court experience shone through, making it 13 wins on the bounce for the Serb against Nishikori.

"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place". "I hope I can get a chance to fight for a trophy", he said.

But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.

"It gives me confidence that I was able to play good tennis on grass", Nishikori said.

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.

But Djokovic appears to be building towards somewhere near his best again and, while made to work hard by Nishikori, he was good value for a 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 triumph.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber reaches second final in three years
Jul 14, 2018 - 02:31
After the match, Serena revealed she was confident of overturning the deficit. "I still have a long way to go to be where I was". Ostapenko, 21, was certainly in step on Court One as she blasted a stunning 32 winners.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un
Jul 14, 2018 - 02:08
President Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12. During an official visit to Britain, Trump posted images of the Korean-language letter from Kim and its English translation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump sends political shockwave through United Kingdom with interview on Brexit, protests
Jul 14, 2018 - 02:00
The balloon won't be allowed to fly this high over the city - but it will be large.The a 20-foot-tall angry "Trump Baby" blimp. Any time the queen was on television, my mother wanted to watch it, " said Trump.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Embattled FBI Agent Peter Strzok Defiantly Defends Himself at Heated House Hearing
Jul 14, 2018 - 01:46
Russia, China and the big European powers say they still back the 2015 multinational nuclear deal with Iran, despite U.S. Republicans, on the other hand, peppered Strzok with questions and expressed outrage that's been building for months.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Man charged with hate crime over Puerto Rican shirt incident
Jul 13, 2018 - 05:35
Irizarry filmed the video about a month ago, but it has gained recent traction and since been watched more than a million times. President Woodrow Wilson in 1917 signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting USA citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top This Is Apparently How Selena Gomez Really Feels About Justin Bieber's Engagement
Jul 13, 2018 - 05:27
However, when news of Justin's engagement broke over the weekend, Selena spent her time enjoying at a yacht with close friends. Bieber's parents appeared to congratulate their son on social media on Sunday. "No words could ever express my gratitude".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Sussex schooolboy suffers World Cup semi-final heartbreak
Jul 13, 2018 - 05:18
The game turned in overtime on two plays - one on which a defender was alert, the other on which a defender was caught napping. Rio Ferdinand posted a heartfelt video telling the team: "You have united the country and go home as heroes".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top We left everything out there, says England manager Southgate
Jul 13, 2018 - 04:35
England had got off to a flying start when Trippier curled a superb free kick into the top corner in the opening minutes. It's a young team, the majority of the players will play in the next World Cup with more experience at club level.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oddsmakers believe Raptors are favorites to land Kawhi Leonard
Jul 13, 2018 - 04:31
The Lakers don't seem willing to trade Brandon Ingram, and the Celtics reportedly don't want to trade any of their budding stars. Boston and Philadelphia are the favorites to make the Finals, though adding Leonard could make the Raptors more competitive.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Even at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, President Trump presses trade complaints about Europe
Jul 13, 2018 - 04:24
Ahead of the meeting, European Council President Donald Tusk took Trump to task for "criticising Europe nearly daily". NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the leaders had agreed "that we need to deliver on our commitments".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Unai Emery Reveals Whether He Will Ask Advice From Arsene Wenger
Jul 13, 2018 - 03:52
But, Emery insisted his squad needs to be bursting at the seams with players willing to step up. He added: 'I want a team with confidence, personality, and intensity. "Today, we are okay".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The week Brexit got real: Britain turns pragmatic READ MORE
Jul 13, 2018 - 03:10
But Parliament would oversee the UK's trade policy and have the ability to "choose" to diverge from the European Union rules. An EU source said: "We will look at these things constructively, and in a way that is helpful to the prime minister".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple updates MacBook Pro with faster performance and new features for pros
Jul 13, 2018 - 02:51
That's right, Apple just pulled the plug on the 2015 MacBook Pro , which happened to be my favorite system in Apple's lineup. The processor upgrades are not that expensive as the upgrade to the 4TB SSD which will cost you an additional $3,200.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Fans thank England for 'making nation dream'
Jul 13, 2018 - 02:41
F1 driver Hamilton wrote on Twitter that the team had done England proud, showing "real grit and determination". The governing body did not provide further details.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Pakistan PM sentenced on charges relating to United Kingdom property
Jul 13, 2018 - 02:32
He will depart for Lahore from London on July 12, 2018 by Flight number EY18 (Heathrow Airport London) and will go to ABU DHABI. The NAB has already declared that Mr Sharif and Maryam will be arrested upon their arrival at any airport of the country.