"I know how I threw the racket, but [Nishikori] threw a racket in the fourth set and the umpire said he didn't see it".
"He started off with a break".
"Post-match I heard that the organisers were planning to cancel my match if Monfils and Anderson went to a fifth". Nishikori, who had won only two matches in 15 meetings with the 12-time major victor, broke for 1-0 in the fourth but was broken straight back. Find us on Facebook too!
But the second seed stayed alive by taking the fourth set before the gripping drama continued in an electrifying deciding set in which both players were left diving after volleys and slipping over as they chased after blinding winners.
But the 12-times major victor regained his cool sufficiently enough to safely take his place in the semi-finals for the first time since snaring his third title at The All England Club in 2015. "He's one of the best players on the tour".
Novak Djokovic believes he is peaking at the right time as he looks to return to past glories by challenging for the title at Wimbledon.
Roger Federer was knocked out of Wimbledon by Kevin Anderson after a thrilling five-set battle that ended in a 2-6 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 victory for the South African.
Addressing the issue in the post-match press conference, the 12-time Grand Slam champion said: "To be honest, I thought it was unnecessary to get a warning".
"After surgery I didn't think it was going to take me so much time to really get on the desired level".
"It motivates me to do extremely well here because I don't want to sit here and explain my loss". His record of 34 straight Wimbledon wins when up 2-0 was snapped in the third set, and Federer fell shortly after.
Nishikori, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held his own in the third set before running out of steam. I'm sure he's in good shape again.
"You're saying in the point if I toss my racket like this I'm ruining the court?"
"It feels great to be in the last four".
"I like the level of tennis that I'm playing on right now".