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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.

Novak Djokovic believes he is "pretty close" to regaining the level that saw him rule men's tennis after he booked a first Grand Slam semi-final appearance in nearly two years.

"I think it is a poor choice from him. I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey". "It's always big challenge", said Nishikori.

The Serb, ranked just outside the top-20, but seeded 12 here, has a 13-2 head-to-head record against Nishikori, he has also beaten the Japanese in their two meetings this year. It will be his first Grand Slam semi final after nearly two years. "I played very well in Queen's coming into Wimbledon". His troublesome elbow needed attention at the start of the third set, but even as Djokovic looked like he was on the verge he continued to push and prod him around the court. He made a couple of great shots but I managed to break and get back into the set.

Novak Djokovic returned to a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time since 2016 after recording a hard-fought win over Kei Nishikori at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Seeded 12, Wednesday will Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final. That precipitated a lengthy absence from the tour and a worrying dip in form and confidence.

However, the 31-year-old has looked back to something approaching his best at Wimbledon.

Djokovic's mood was not improved by Ramos choosing not to punish Nishikori for imitating his earlier offence of bashing a racquet into the ground. If there were obvious empty seats for the lunchtime encounter, with defending champion Roger Federer in action at the same time on Court One, the entertainment could not be faulted. "I feel physically, mentally ready, fit, positive".

Indignation that his aura of invincibility, so unmistakable when he won the French Open in 2016 to hold all the grand-slam events simultaneously and appeared to have a stranglehold on the men's game, has been shattered.

Djokovic spent a lot of time on the sidelines recovering from a awful elbow injury that had many fans worrying that he may never return to his scintillating best. "Indian Wells, Miami, most of the clay court season", added Djokovic.

"After surgery I didn't think it was going to take me so much time to really get on the desired level". "I was fortunate to have so much success on the Tour, it was a unusual feeling for me not to deliver my game that I know I possess, and I've been delivering for so many years". I was top 3 player for so many years in a row, it was quite a unusual feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game.