"I have been building on my game and working on the level of tennis that I have been playing in the last few months".
The third set followed a similar pattern with both players juking with each other until Nishikori blinked first, squandering triple break point in the fifth game before surrendering the first break point he faced in the following game. "I'm enjoying my Wimbledon journey".
Anderson was the runner-up to Nadal at last year's U.S. Open, but he never made it beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon until this week.
Anderson, a 32-year-old South African who played college tennis at IL, served it out, ending things with a 128 miles per hour service victor before raising both arms.
"It's one of those average days you have to try to win the match, and I just couldn't get it done today. I don't think it's fair but it is what it is".
But the three-time champion here turned the tables on Nishikori, holding his serve and then breaking in the next game to start a run of four successive games which allowed him to take the third set 6-2.
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Khachanov's display was flashy but full of errors, and Djokovic was ruthless in punishing them, coming through 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a last-eight meeting with Kei Nishikori.
"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now", Djokovic said.
"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?" "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. "I knew how I threw the racquet", he said.
Djokovic secured that game with a forehand victor, then saved two game points on Nishikori's serve before converting his first match point with a forehand down the line.
But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015.
The fifth game of the third set was nearly a mirror of the third game of the second - which Nishikori had held despite three break points. Despite handing back an early break in the opening set, Djokovic broke again for 5-3 and then wrapped up the set.
Djokovic, seeded 12th, was visibly disappointed at those missed opportunities, incurring a warning from umpire Ramos for throwing his racket, and Nishikori made him feel even worse when he broke to lead 3-1 after Djokovic put an attempted drop shot into the net.