Novak Djokovic into Australian Open semi-finals after Kei Nishikori retires

By Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport at Melbourne Park

Nishikori has retired from 21 matches in his legitimate occupation, including from five matches at Colossal Slams
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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic reached the Australian Delivery semi-finals after Japan’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori retired injured in their quarter-closing.

Serbia’s Djokovic, 31, used to be main 6-1 4-1 when Nishikori stop with a thigh scenario.

Every time Djokovic has reached the final four in Melbourne he has gone on to have interaction the event.

The high seed will face Lucas Pouille in Friday’s semi-closing, after the Frenchman defeated Milos Raonic.

Spanish 2nd seed Rafael Nadal and Greece’s talented 20-three hundred and sixty five days-outmoded Stefanos Tsitsipas will contest the replacement semi-closing on Thursday.

Djokovic has no longer lost to Nishikori in their previous 15 conferences, stretching attend to the Japanese’s victory in their 2014 US Delivery semi-closing.

“I admire to fight especially against Kei, now we dangle conducted so many matches in our careers,” Djokovic stated.

“I am hoping he can enhance and it’s miles no longer something very serious that will employ too lengthy.

“I’m sorry for everyone no longer having a stout match tonight but thank you for exhibiting up.”

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Right here’s what the physician ordered – Djokovic

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After beating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in a gruelling final-16 match on Monday, Djokovic stated he had a attend damage which he “hoped” to retain an eye fixed on before going thru Nishikori.

Any fears the 14-time Colossal Slam champion can be hampered were fleet allayed.

Once he broke in the 2nd game for a 2-0 lead, plus again in a sixth game where Nishikori coughed up two double faults for 5-1, it never regarded like he would lose on Rod Laver Arena.

Nishikori had spent nearly 14 hours on court docket in his four matches as much as the quarters, over four hours bigger than the Serb.

And it confirmed as the Japanese player’s hopes were ruined by damage.

He known as a medical time-out on the waste of a first remark which he lost in 31 minutes, requiring treatment from a physio on his appropriate quad before returning to the court docket with heavy strapping.

The gentle world number four lasted one other five video games – losing wait on in two – but used to be clearly struggling and determined he would possibly presumably presumably also no longer put on with much less than an hour on the clock.

“Right here’s what the physician ordered for after two nights ago, to no longer utter too considerable time on the court docket,” Djokovic joked.’

‘I couldn’t beat any individual with one leg’

Kei Nishikori spoke to the press after his withdrawal

Nishikori, 29, had spent nearly 14 hours on court docket in his four matches on route to the quarters – over four hours bigger than Djokovic.

The four-time Australian Delivery quarter-finalist wanted bigger than five hours to beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in their final-16 match on Monday.

“Before the match I was OK, I wasn’t current but belief I was going to be OK,” Nishikori stated.

“After the third or fourth game I was serving, I felt heavy in my appropriate leg and couldn’t bend my knees or leap up.

“So I sure to halt. I couldn’t beat any individual with lawful one leg.

“I’m sure it comes from my previous matches, especially the final match. I was transferring quite a bit and wasting vitality.”

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