Novak Djokovic breaks Kei Nishikori's resistance to reach Wimbledon semis

Del Potro fell 4-1 behind in the third set after Simon broke in the third game.

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. The 20-time Grand Slam victor lost the set 6-4 as Anderson's relentless, powerful serve sent the match into a fifth and deciding set. Federer had 33, 14 of which came in the fifth set, while Anderson finished with 31.

As Djokovic battled to find a way to victory, there then came a key moment.

Novak Djokovic beats Karen Khachanov 6-4 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, where he will face Kei Nishikori.

Having become the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1995, Nishikori must now overturn a 13-2 career losing record against three-time champion Djokovic.

Seeded 12, Wednesday will Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.

"I tried my best to keep fighting and was able to scrape through the third and fourth set. I didn't see it coming", said Federer.

"I thought it was unnecessary to get the warning", he told the BBC after the 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2 win. Nishikori, 28, overcame an arm injury to reach his first All England Club quarter-final with a 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 win over Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

Djukanovic, on holiday in Greece, posted a video to social media in which he indicated that "those who say "Nole" (Djokovic) has called for support for Croatia make me mad" and called the star an "idiot" for his stance. "I've been building the last couple of weeks on the level of tennis that I've played the last couple of month, the last couple of clay-court tournaments and Queen's". "We were even until the third set when I managed to step up a gear and end up this match really well".

The 2011, 2014 and 2015 champion was clearly unsettled by the dispute, quickly surrendering the set.

Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final past year, saved a match point in the third set before recovering to beat the Swiss top seed 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 after four hours and 14 minutes on Court One. I know how I threw the racket. "Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one. Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set. But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

Vanessa Coleman

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