Novak Djokovic under fire for backing Croatia

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Djokovic, three times a champion at SW19, maintained the dominance he has shown throughout the tournament on his first serve.

From court scheduling to code violations, from poor chair calls to catcalls, Novak Djokovic would be entitled to feel forsaken by the Wimbledon Gods were it not for the fact that he will be contesting his first grand-slam semi-final in two years.

He will next face either two-time champion Rafael Nadal or fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

I would be happy to see them lifting the trophy.' In March, he had posted a photo with Croatian football stars Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, writing on Instagram: 'Happy to meet nice guys and great players from Croatian National team.' Vladimir Djukanovic, a member of President Aleksander Vucic's Serbian Progressive Party, through a video, said that only an idiot could support Croatia. "I've been building in the last couple of weeks and my level of tennis is going up", he said.

"I think it was great quality tennis and in the final set there were some awesome points", said Nadal who was a 7-5 6-7 4-6 6-4 6-4 victor.

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"Do you think I ruined the court?" he bellowed at Ramos. I didn't harm the grass.

"I think it's not fair, but it is the way it is in the midst of the emotions of a match".

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

He then failed to convert three crucial break opportunities on Djokovic's serve at 2-2 in the third set, giving away the game and then his next two serves to hand the Serb his second set.

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.

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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.

"Double standards, my friend", screamed the former world number one. I know how I threw the racket.

But the 12th seed was not to be denied as he raced into the last four, hitting an impressive 40 winners on the way.

However, he later handed Djokovic another break with a wide backhand, allowing Djokovic to serve out and take a comfortable first set.

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