Novak Djokovic beats fading light and Karen Khachanov to reach Wimbledon quarters

Novak Djokovic speaks out on narrowly escaping Wimbledon scheduling nightmare

Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon on July 11.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some incredible points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

The Spaniard proved it with a daring chase-down attempt during his win over Juan Martin del Potro overnight, climbing into the stands after trying to reach a ball.

"So I think it's not fair but it is the way it is, in the mix of emotions and a tough match it happens".

Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.

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He also said that he would be flying to Russian Federation to watch the final, adding: "I'm just waiting on my visa". George Lee, 59, from Hull, also backed Southgate's young team to get to the final, predicting a 2-1 win.

He looks very fired-up, he looks very motivated so I think Novak has got a great shot as well.' Analyzing how elbow issues influenced Djokovic's mental status, Murray added: 'He's spoken about that, he said the mental side has been hard for him.

'I'm pleased I'll be staying there right now'.

"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.

Having reached the last four of 22 of the 24 majors between 2011 and 2016, Djokovic is now closing in on a first final appearance at a slam since losing to Stan Wawrinka at the US Open two years ago. The world number 40 was unable to mount a response this time and evidence fortune was in the Serbian's favour came on his second of two set points when a Khachanov slip enabled him to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

It didn't show in Djokovic's play, though, as he embarked upon another swing of four games in succession, holding Nishikori to three points in his next two service sets as he soared into a 4-1 lead.

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The imperious Nadal got the job done in straight sets once again, Vesely drilling a backhand just wide to bow out. The powerful Vesely broke for a 3-2 lead when a rare Nadal forehand error drew gasps of surprise from the crowd.

The semi-final will be the 32nd of Djokovic's Grand Slam career but he has had to fight to get there.

Del Potro said: 'I think I will be in good condition.

Djokovic missed the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury, but his run at Wimbledon is the latest indicator that the 12-time Grand Slam champion is nearing his best form.

The 12th game went to deuce eight times, with Simon saving four set points, as Del Potro failed to take his chances, the worst when he put an easy volley over the baseline with the court wide open. "So hopefully I can keep going".

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