"I need to recover to give my best".
"I just had to go back to the basics and just try to get comfortable with my game and try to gain as much confidence as possible through match play". Federer then equalled his own record of 34 consecutive sets won at Wimbledon as he went 2-0 up by holding his nerve in a high quality tie-break.
After breaking Djokovic's first serve to get off to a promising start in the fourth set, Nishikori was immediately relinquished of his lead as Djokovic broke back once and then again. "I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey". "But he played a great three points", said Nishikori. "I don't like that", he said.
He added: 'With the performances I've had, I deserve to be in the semi-finals.
The match saw a lot of swings in momentum, but it was Djokovic winning 10 of the last 12 games to seal the victory.
The Spaniard reached his 28th Grand Slam semi-final and his first at Wimbledon since 2011.
"I feel like I am peaking at the right moment".
"I was really glad to play Queen's and to get five matches there". I don't want to stop here.
Eight-time champion Roger Federer was sensationally knocked out by South African giant Kevin Anderson while Rafael Nadal edged Juan Martin del Potro in a Centre Court epic and will meet Djokovic in the semifinals.
Anderson, who reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, 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.
"Down two sets to love I tried my best to keep fighting".
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"I kept telling myself to keep believing".
"And then he has gone up and told the referee that I said "F*****g stupid".
It took four hours and 13 minutes, but it did indeed become Anderson's day.
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. Today was one of those days.
Djokovic was seen engaged in a heated discussion with the umpire in the aftermath of the warning and it is fair to say some of his comments and complaints have left a sour taste in the mouth of some Wimbledon punters over the course of the championships. I know, as everything in life, we are evolving.
It was here in 2016 that Djokovic's world came tumbling down in a shock third-round defeat to Sam Querrey.
He has also lost all four meetings against the 20-time major victor, failing to win a set off the great Swiss star.
It will be Djokovic's first semifinal Wimbledon appearance since 2015. The Swiss previously won 34 straight sets between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.
But, playing on Court One for the first time in three years, Federer was unusually error-prone.
The 32-year-old Anderson will next face American John Isner, who overcame Canada's Milos Raonic 6-7 (5) 7-6 (7) 6-4 6-3 in the battle of two of the biggest servers in the men's draw.