Wimbledon 2018: Indignant Novak Djokovic is joy to watch once more
- Author: Stacy Allen Jul 14, 2018,
Jul 14, 2018, 1:56
"I'm very pleased", Djokovic said after the victory. "But I'm still here, so". Early on he was bothered by the glare off the sun, adjusting his serve and then sporting a cap. He barely smiled; emotions were channeled through sporadic shouts of "C'mon!" and the odd fist pump in his box's direction at crucial points.
"I feel like I am peaking at the right moment". "Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos.
The pair traded breaks of serve in the opening set before Djokovic broke in the seventh game, carving out the opportunity to serve for the set.
Djokovic, three times a champion at SW19, maintained the dominance he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve. When Nishikori let his own racket fly in the fourth set, he wasn't chastised, which prompted Djokovic to yell "double standards" toward Ramos drawing boos from fans.
"I've worked very hard and very smart to get myself in the best possible shape for the biggest events and it doesn't get any bigger than Wimbledon".
A glimpse of the potential that has seen Khachanov's reputation grow came in the first game as a superb cross-court forehand helped him break.
Asked if he is a genuine contender this year, Djokovic replied: "That's why I'm here".
"Anybody who saw the match, saw that literally I kind of touched the grass".
Having already been critical of what he described as unfair treatment from the Wimbledon crowd during his clash with Kyle Edmund, Djokovic was less than impressed with the umpires decision.
Up next for Nadal, is long-time rival and former world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday.
He's been flashing some anger this fortnight and did so again in the second set, bouncing his racket off the turf after failing to capitalize on three break points at 1-all.
"I want to use today's result as a spring from which to aim for a final place". "I really do. I think with the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semifinals", said Djokovic, whose last major title came at the 2016 French Open.
Adding to Nishikori's problems is a worrying right arm injury which required extensive treatment and a medical time-out in his win over world 130 Gulbis, the man who had put out fourth seed Alezander Zverev in the third round. "The expectations he's had to deal with for over a decade, 15 years, I mean, at the top of the game, he's able to deal with it so well, which isn't easy".