Kerber ahead in 2nd set; Ostapenko leads 1-0

Djokovic won the last of his Wimbledon titles in 2015

"I don't care who I am playing against".

Djokovic, a three-time victor of Wimbledon, has played just one of his four matches on Centre this year but will return to the main court on Wednesday when he faces Kei Nishikori. "To be here. To be in the semifinals".

"I always say I plan on it. But when it actually happens, it still is, like, Wow, this is really happening". "For whatever reason, I was so calm", Williams said of her emotions as she battled back against Giorgi. I don't feel I have to win this; I don't feel I have to lose this. I just tried to fight for every point. And I feel like I'm back.

Williams was seeded 25th by the All England Club, a nod to all of her past success at the grass-court major, including titles the last two times she entered it, in 2015 and 2016.

Having shaken off the rust following her lengthy lay-off after the complications with Olympia's birth, Serena is on the verge of a 10th Wimbledon final appearance and 30th in all four Grand Slams.

That is going to change now.

Del Potro completed an epic 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) win over Frenchman Gilles Simon after fading light interrupted their last-16 clash on Monday night with the fifth seed up two sets to one.

Williams never was anxious about losing.

When Williams was asked her expectations after winning her first match at Wimbledon in two years, she said, "Not only do I expect to win, I expect to win emphatically". "I'm a perfectionist, I always find something", the 36-year-old said when asked about her near-flawless display.

Williams had just one break point opportunity in the second set, but that was all that she needed.

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A second break allowed her to serve for the win at 5-1 and she had a match point, only for Ostapenko to find her range and stay alive. She took the first set off Serena, 6-3. The Italian took the first set six games to three.

"It was just the way I felt".

Two-time grand slam victor Angelique Kerber faces 2017 French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko in the other semifinal after the pair downed Daria Kasatkina 6-3 7-5 and Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-4, respectively.

Still, Kerber had some trouble closing things out.

Rodina, who upset 10th-seeded Madison Keys in the previous round, broke back for 3-2 in the second set but was broken to love straight away. She repeatedly went for winners on her service returns, a strategy that helped her break Cibulkova five times.

Kerber was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016, when she surged to No. 1 in the world rankings after winning the Australian Open and US Open.

Ostapenko, 21, had admitted she cracked under the strain of defending the French Open title when she lost in the first round last month. She was in the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time.

The tall Czech answered an early break with one of her own but 20th seed Bertens secured a second break with a superb touch volley to move 5-3 ahead and then held easily. That came to an end fairly quickly as Kerber remained solid amid an onslaught of winners and unforced errors in the first set from the more aggressive Ostapenko.

With the Wimbledon lawns baked and playing more bouncy than usual after a long spell of hot weather in London, it could be the 29-year-old's best chance to stop Nadal's impressive run. "These are the matches I was working for since I was a kid".

The absence of the top 10 seeds leaves the tournament open, but for some that is no surprise.

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