Novak Djokovic, who reached the semi-final of the Wimbledon, picked up two code violations warnings during the course of the match and accused the umpire of having double standards. He stated that he was feeling good to be in the top four of a slam and insisted that he was peaking at the right time.
Three-time champion Novak Djokovic reached his eighth Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori in a stormy Centre Court clash. Djokovic would be playing in his 32nd Slam semi-final where he would face Rafael Nadal for a place in the final.
It would be Djokovic's first semi-final at a major since the 2016 French Open when he completed the career Grand Slam. The 12-time major winner prevailed despite picking up two code violations and accusing umpire Carlos Ramos of ‘double standards’.
"I think the first warning was unnecessary," said Djokovic as quoted by TOI, who was sanctioned in the second set for spearing his racquet into the court. "It didn't harm the grass. Kei did the same in the fourth set but wasn't warned. The umpire said he didn't see. I don't think it's fair but it is what it is."
Despite his anger, Djokovic still grabbed 10 of the last 12 games of the quarter-final.
"It feels great to be back in the last four of a Slam. I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up," he said. "I am
After racing through the first set, Djokovic was handed his first code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after bouncing his racquet into the grass in frustration at squandering three break points in the third game of the second set.
"Do you think I ruined the court?" he shouted at Ramos.
"Double standards, my friend," screamed the former world number one.
Ramos then hit Djokovic with a time violation warning for taking too long to serve in the seventh game of the fourth 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. 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.