Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Novak Djokovic explains Wimbledon umpire argument: ‘It’s not fair!’

Novak Djokovic explains Wimbledon umpire argument: ‘It’s not fair!’

Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 3-6 6-2 6-2.

'It feels great to be in the last four of a slam - I've been buiding on the last couple of weeks and the level of tennis I've played in the last couple of months, last couple of tournaments of the clay-court tournaments and Queen's, it kind of felt like it was getting better and better.

"To be honest, I thought it was unnecessary to get a warning".

"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".

'I feel like I'm peaking at the right moment.

Djokovic wrested back the momentum for good after coming from 0-40 down at 2-2 in the third set to hold serve, and then breaking his Japanese opponent in the next game.

The 12-time major victor prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of "double standards".

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Djokovic will either face Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro on Friday for a place in Sunday's final. "He even threw the racket in the fourth set and the umpire said he didn't see him so I get the warning, he doesn't", added the Serb.

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

Nishikori, the 24th seed who saved three break points to hold serve at 2-1 in the second set, promptly broke and then held to go 4-1 up.

Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back.

The former world number one has struggled for both form and fitness during the past two seasons, with an elbow injury hindering the Serbian, while he was stunned by Marco Cecchinato at the French Open this year.

After the match, Djokovic admitted his frustration at Ramos's decision, while pointing out that Nishikori did exactly the same thing in the fourth set.

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.

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