Wimbledon is the only grand slam where Nishikori has yet to reach the quarterfinals. I always find it tough playing him. I showed in Paris and other matches that I don't really get exhausted in five-set matches.
Djokovic has only recently returned from injury and Nishikori understands his struggles.
"He's got weapons, a big serve and a big forehand", said Djokovic of the World No. 40.
"Maybe I don't have good results or good record with him, but I always enjoy playing him", the Japanese star added, who trails 2-13 against his Serbian counterpart.
Nishikori, runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open, won the Court Two match on the second match point in the following game when Gulbis, now limping badly, hit a return long.
"My elbow was bothering me". Everything kind of just went south.
Three-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic was given a much sterner test by home favourite Kyle Edmund, yet looked impressive as he came from behind to triumph 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4.
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But Djokovic snapped out of his torpor and took charge once he broke in a marathon seventh game of the second set. The Czech faces Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens, who stunned five-time Wimbledon victor Venus in the third round .
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They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England . The 2018 World Cup marks England's 15th time in the world's premier soccer tournament.
Gulbis, ranked 130 and who came through qualifying, had shocked fourth seeded German Alexander Zverev in the third round. That precipitated a lengthy absence from the tour and a worrying dip in form and confidence.
"I feel like the big challenge for me, obviously first of all after surgery was to really be able to be comfortable with the change of racquet, with different compensations that I've made in the motion of my serve", he said. Making her fourth appearance at Wimbledon, Ostapenko will look to improve on her run to the quarter-finals previous year.
"I'm happy to have gotten past that wall", said Nishikori. I was feeling physically really, really good.
Djokovic's run to the Queen's final on the eve of Wimbledon was his first appearance in a championship match since Eastbourne nearly 12 months earlier. "It wasn't working well for me first set", said Nishikori. Indian Wells, Miami, most of the clay-court season. "Most guys aren't getting a racket or putting balls back in off my serve most of the time".
"I was a top-three player for so many years in a row, it was quite a odd feeling for me not to be able to deliver my game that I know that I possess, that I know I've been delivering for so many years".
This is, after all, a 23-year-old who just last month was fined more than $15,000 for simulating a lewd act during a match.