Australian Open: Djokovic delight at stroll to semi after Nishikori retires


Novak Djokovic reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open for a seventh time on Wednesday after eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired hurt when trailing 6-1 4-1 in their quarter-final.

Nishikori, on the other hand, has displayed brilliant spirit throughout the tournament.

Kei Nishikori departs Rod Laver Arena.

"I don't mind Novak getting in a little bit grump, I think it sharpens him up towards the end of the tournament". The 24-year-old French player is playing at the Australian Open tournaments since 2014, but he never managed to clear the first stage.

"Before the match, I was okay".

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And Cash reckons he has spotted a problem with the attitude of the 14-time Grand Slam victor.

Karolina Pliskova says her "mind was in the locker room" when she was down 5-1 in the third set of her Australian Open quarterfinal against 23-time major victor Serena Williams.

Djokovic's next challenge is Lucas Pouille, the 28th seed who will be appearing in his first major semi-final.

"I hope he can recover, I hope it's not something that is very serious. At a certain point, he gives in mentally", McEnroe said. "It was just too tough".

In the other semifinal, two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova will play Danielle Collins, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this tournament.

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Whole another stated that this has become a habit for Nishikori, saying "Oh quel surprise - Nishikori abandons a big match half way through!"

The Serb won past year in the quarter-final at Wimbledon 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 and the US Open semi-final 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on his way to lifting the titles.

Osaka beat Williams for the championship in NY last September in a match filled with all sorts of drama involving the American star and the chair umpire.

As a 14-time Grand Slam champion and six-time victor at Melbourne Park, Djokovic doesn't need any help when it comes to having success in Australia.

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The Frenchman stunned Milos Raonic, 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4, in his quarterfinal clash earlier in the afternoon and said of his rediscovered form: "When I made quarterfinal of Wimbledon then the US Open [in 2016], it came really fast, then the year after I didn't really win a lot of matches".