"I'm grateful but at the same time trying not to get ahead of myself too much".
Defending champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting a match point during a 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11 defeat to Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Wednesday.
"I just asked him whether he thought honestly that I damaged the court with the racket that I throw". "I nearly could have".
Novak Djokovic is being fuelled by indignation.
In his first Wimbledon semifinal, Anderson will face 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic or ninth-seeded John Isner.
A year after his 2017 fourth round match was postponed by 24 hours into what is a designated "rest day" for the men, he narrowly avoided suffering the same fate again. He could have ended things right then and there.
Nishikori is also on his way back up after injury, and the outcome could easily have been different had the Japanese won the game where he had Djokovic at 0-40 early in the third set.
"That was I think the biggest chance I had".
Seeded 12, Wednesday will Djokovic's 41st appearance in a Grand Slam quarter-final.
'But it is the way it is in the midst of emotions and tough matches it happens'.
How hard was it to see this coming?
Yet Djokovic appeared to have more control over the ball than his opponent, and when the set was tied at 3-3, he found another gear. But there was more.
Anderson added that Federer, who won his first Wimbledon title in 2003, is the flawless role model for the sport - and for those players in the chasing pack. I think his confidence is back, ' he said.
This is his best run at Wimbledon since that 2015 success as he lost in the third round in 2016, and then retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Tomas Berdych 12 months ago.
Del Potro saved two break points in the sixth game, a deft chip from the baseline that dipped over the net followed by a forehand victor, before taking the opening set in a 7-1 tiebreak. "It's always big challenge", said Nishikori.
Anderson, who is now 32, has stormed onto the scene in the past 10 months. Djokovic broke Nishikori's serve seven times, and finished with six aces. During Wimbledon, speaking of the big event that is taking place in Russian Federation, in which his country, Serbia, failed to go beyond the group stages, Djokovic said: 'I support Croatia.
This time it was the Serb who saved three break points before he let out a huge roar when, with momentum on his side, he broke Nishikori in the next game.
Having broken Nishikori early in the first set, 21st-ranked Djokovic went on to surrender his subsequent serve with a double fault at break point, and Nishikori served to draw even at 3-3. Frustrated, Djokovic threw his racket to the floor and received a warning from the umpire. But this seems like someone rebooted: a new Djokovic who clearly cares little about outside perspective and is playing on his own terms.
Soon enough, Djokovic was on his way to the semifinals, where he will meet Nadal. I like the level of tennis that I'm playing right now, I really do'.
"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth". I don't want to stop here. "From the second, it got better and I just tried to stay calm and fight every game".
He'll have to get past Nadal first.