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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Final Interview

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Final Interview

Q. Talk us through that third set. Struggling with injury, then you went on to win 12 of the last 13 games.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. There were a lot of turning points in the match. As I think everybody predicted, it was going to be a big battle. Of course, Grand Slam finals for both of us, regardless of the record that I have here, and him playing also three times the final not winning a title, regardless of that, we both knew that, you know, we have equal chances to win it. Very similar match to the Australian Open final in 2013 when we played over two hours the first two sets. Tonight two and a half hours the first two sets. Very physical. Very exhausting. We both of course went through some tough moments physically. You could see that I had a crisis end of the second, beginning of the third. Just felt very exhausted and I needed some time to regroup and recharge and get back on track. That's what I've done. I started hitting ball and trying to be a little bit more aggressive coming to the net, shortening the points. I got a very important break of serve at 2-Love for him in the third that got me back in the match mentally, as well. It was a cat-and-mouse fight. It always is. We always try to outplay the opponents with the groundstrokes, with the long rallies, a lot of variety in the games: spin, flat, slice, dropshots. I think both went out with the full repertoire of the shots we have. I hope everybody that watched it enjoyed the finals. From my side it was definitely very exhausting. Just glad that I believed it all the way through. Saved some breakpoints at 3-All in the third set and managed to make that break and win the third. After that I felt huge relief. I felt I could swing through the ball. I felt the momentum was on my side and I wanted to use that. At this level very few points can turn things around on the court as we could see tonight.

Q. Even if you know him since you are both 11 years old, he said he was distracted by you limping or having a problem to the hand or foot. Should it happen between two people who know each other so well?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Semifinal Friday, 30 January, 2015

Q. Can you go through this match because there were a lot of ups and downs. You came through at the end, but it looked like a huge struggle for you.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, I did not play on the level that I intended before the match. There were parts of the match where I stepped in and played a game I needed to play, but parts of the match where I played too defensive and allowed him to dictate the play from the baseline. He has great depth in his shots. Once he has control of the rallies it's very difficult to play against him. So, yeah, it was very emotional, very tense, as it always is against a top player in semifinals of a Grand Slam. Of course, judging by the last two matches we played here in Australian Open last two years, we could expect something like that, five-setter. So the battle was great. It was no different this year from the previous two years in terms of, you know, fighting from both sides. The only difference was that the fifth set went completely my way. But, again, it was a tight first opening game of the fifth set where he had some breakpoint opportunities, missed an easy ball. Yeah, I mean, a couple points decide a winner in these particular matches when you're playing for Grand Slam final. I can say I'm glad, of course I'm happy and satisfied to go through. I'm proud of the fighting spirit that I had. But the level of performance was not where I wanted it to be.

Q. When Jim Courier spoke to you after the match he asked you if you had any physical issues, but then you sort of talked tactics.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Djokovic vs Wawrinka Australian Open Semifinal

Djokovic vs Wawrinka Australian Open Semifinal

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Novak Djokovic vs Stan Wawrinka is the second semifial at the 2015 Australian Open

Djokovic leads their Head2Head series 16-3, but wawrinka is the defending champion and will not be easy for the Serb.

Djokovic comes into this match having lost serve just once in the tournament and has faced just 11 break points in 15 sets played. Wawrinka has lost serve eight times and faced 24 break points.

Betting odds for both players:


Outstanding serving - held 73 of 74 service games - 69 per cent 1st serves in play - 84 per cent first serves won - 68 per cent second serves won - faced only 11 break points in 15 sets
Strong return of second serves - 57 per cent won - 19 breaks in 71 return games (27 per cent)
Forehand has been extremely solid - 72 forehand winners - only 41 forehand unforced errors

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Photo: Stefan cheering on daddy Nole

Photo: Stefan cheering on daddy Nole

Novak Djokovi'c baby boy, Stefan, is playing close attention to the world number 1 during the Australian Open.... Check it out...

After beating Raonic, Djokovic was shown the picture on the big screens and commented “See how he enjoys watching TV, he’s daddy’s boy definitely. I didn’t know that he was watching me this way but I felt his energy so that helped me tonight, definitely.”

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 10

Novak Djokovic Press Conference

Novak Djokovic reaches Australian Open semis after beating Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2... Check out some photos from his match....

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open QF Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

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Q. If he had won the first set it's a totally different match, right? Do you feel that pressure?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, of course, it was a close first set, but I thought I had more chances in the first set than him. Managed to stay tough in the right moments and win the crucial first set. Obviously winning it in a tiebreak and making the break of serve first game of the second set was definitely huge really for me. I could start swinging through a little bit more, be more aggressive into the court. You know, since that first game of the second set I played a great match.

Q. How much confidence do you take out of the last two matches that were very tricky and you didn't lose a set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I take a lot of confidence. I try to carry that in every next match, next challenge. Obviously I'm going to play Stan, who is the defending champion here. We played five-set matches in 2013 and '14 Australian Open. I'm going to be ready for a fight. But knowing that I have raised the level of performance tonight, and probably playing the best match of the tournament so far is affecting my confidence in a positive way. Hopefully I can carry that into next one.

Q. Any way you could be playing better?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I'm a self-critic. But, again, I got to try to take the positives out of every match. Tonight there was not much I could complain about. From the first game till the last I played the way I wanted. I created a lot of breakpoint opportunities. The key of tonight's match, one of the keys, was to get as many balls back in play, returns back in play. I thought from the back of the court I had more chance than him to win the points. I executed very, very well. It's easier said than done, but I feel very good about my game in this moment.

Q. Do you remember the first time you faced Stan here in 2005, qualification?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Playing Stan 2005 in qualifications here? Are you sure?

Q. And you won; you can check?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well done for that stat. I can't remember that match honestly. But it's great to see somebody I know for a long time -- I know Stan is two years older than me, but we did play some junior events together, Grand Slams. You know, to see him doing well, especially in the last two years... He loves this sport. He's out there working hard. All these years we all knew that he has great quality tennis game, but mentally he didn't believe enough that he can win Grand Slams. I think that changed in last two years. That's why his results are the way they are and he's a Grand Slam champion, Davis Cup champion. He's playing very confident. Yeah, so he's one of the guys to beat in this tournament, so I look forward to the challenge.

Q. You don't remember this match?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: First round maybe probably? I remember second and third round was Wesley Moodie. Thanks for reminding me. I'll mention it to Stan tomorrow when I see him.

Q. You've had a few easier wins over Stan away from the Grand Slams. Last three games you played in Grand Slams it was deep in the fifth set. What made those matches more intense? How do you prepare for the next one knowing how long the last three have been?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: As I mentioned before, I'm ready for the battle. When we played last three Grand Slam matches they were the finals stages of a Grand Slam, semifinals, quarterfinals. Grand Slams are the tournaments where you want to perform your best. I'm sure we both are very much aware of that fact, and it's why we get to play on a high level against each other and we push each other to the limit in a way. It's a very physical battle, as well. But I haven't had too many long matches during this tournament. I'm ready for it. I'm going to practice tomorrow, do a little preparation for that match, try to analyze his game and what I need to do in order to win.

Q. Stan played an unbelievable match against Kei today. Did you see any of it?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. He played a great match. Kei has been playing his best tennis in the last 12 months. To be able to win straight sets against him is pretty impressive. Being the defending champion, obviously he's got some of the pressure here. He is facing this kind of role for the first time in his life. He's been playing some great tennis under the circumstances. Got to give him credit for that. I like Stan; respect him a lot. But I'm sure once we're both on the court we both want to win.

Q. Did you watch the highlights from last year's match with Stan?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I haven't watched, but probably now is the time. I will not watch the last point of that match (smiling). Everything else is fine. Again, of course you need to do a video analysis. You need to get yourself in the right state of mind for the matches like this, because this is now semifinals of a Grand Slam and you're playing a top player. There is no going back now. It's the time to perform the best you can.

Q. Is it the Boris Becker effect we're seeing on your serve?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Definitely he's got his contribution there, no question about it. He has joined the team last year. It's been 12 months that we've been working together. He's working closely with Marian and the rest of the team members obviously in improving my game, getting it to the highest possible degree. Serve was one of the tasks, one of the things that we wanted to improve. I know I can't serve as fast as Milos, but I'm trying to use the angles, the accuracy, align myself to have some free points with that serve. That's what I used well during this 10 days now so far.

Q. You've been in a lot of semifinals in Grand Slams and you've won seven. Can you tell at this stage anything, that this one feels good or what's going to happen from now on?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Of course it feels good. It never gets old being in the last four of the Grand Slam. Sometimes, you know, obviously people around you think this is something that is normal from a top player, to reach that final stage. You're expected to perform well and reach semifinals of a Grand Slam. But I don't take anything for granted. I try to be aware that there are thousands of players around the world who are fighting equally as I am to be in this position. So that keeps me grounded, and I try to enjoy every moment and work hard for what I have.

Q. Having Boris in your camp, how much does that really benefit you from a mental side of things?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, that was the biggest contribution he could bring to me. Because he was the No. 1 player of the world, multiple Grand Slam winner, he understands exactly the kind of obstacles and challenges, mental challenges, I have to go through and I'm facing during the match. Especially in the later stages of tournament. That's where we talk a lot. It took us some time obviously from the beginning of the partnership to understand how we work, what's the daily routine, what's the mindset because we are different people, but we went through the same circumstances and situations in our careers. That's where he can help me the most.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 8

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 8

Novak Djokovic defeated Gilles Muller in 3 sets at the Australian Open to reach the quarterfinals.... Check out some pictures from his match...

Novak Djokovic Press Conference

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open Monday, 26 January, 2015

Q. Strange that you've never played him before, you've both been on the tour for years. Was it difficult for a little while to work him out?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was. I got the crucial three breaks at the important moments, especially in the second and third at 5-All, managed to play some good passing shots. I was trying just to make him play an extra shot. He takes away the time from the opponent. His serves and volleys, very difficult serve to read. Nice slice serve. I approximately knew what was expected of me. I tried to analyze his game. I did watch him many times. But it's different when you haven't played somebody on the court. On the court you actually get to feel what his rhythm is and style of play. So it took me some time. But, you know, overall was a good performance and I think I have to take the positives from tonight and definitely what stands out is the serve. I got a lot of aces, got a lot of free points there. That's something that obviously encourages me for the rest of the tournament.

Q. What is serve and volley's future in your opinion? Because he did it tonight successfully.


Q. Yes.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I go to the net to shake hands (smiling).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 6

Novak Djokovic Photos - Australian Open Day 6

Novak Djokovic made it past Fernando Verdasco 7-6(8) 6-3 6-4 to advance to the Australian Open 4th round... Enjoy some of his pics from the encounter....

Novak Djokovic press conference

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Australian Open Interview Saturday, 24 January, 2015

Q. How important was it to win that first set?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it was turning point probably winning the tiebreaker as close as it was. I thought I served very well, allowed myself to have a lot of free points in the first serve. What I could have done better I thought was just capitalizing on the opportunities, breakpoint opportunities, especially in the first set. But again, credit to him for playing well, serving very well, especially down the T. It's hard when somebody serves 215 down the T, on the line, you can't do much about it. I thought it was a good match. It was a big challenge for both of us. He was a former top-10 player. Somebody that loves playing on the big stage, a powerful game. I'm glad to go through in straight sets.

Q. He said he was particularly impressed with your serving, you were varying it a lot. Are you pleased with how you served?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I'm pleased. I didn't give him too many of the similar serves. I changed the pace, the angles. I tried to go for accuracy, vary with the serve, not give him rhythm. He had a couple of opportunities. I think the closest he was was Love-40 in the second set. And then couple of the last serve, my service games in the third set where he get 15-30, Love-30. But because I served well, I think that's what helped me to get out of the trouble in these big moments.

Q. What you said on court about playing some of your best tennis out on the stadium, does that ring true between the lines, that if you come on a certain court, have had success there in the past, you have more confidence just because of the place?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Photos: Novak Djokovic Australian Open Day 4

Photos: Novak Djokovic Australian Open Day 4

Novak Djokovic beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0 6-1 6-4 and reached the third round at the Australian Open... Enjoy his photos....

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Novak Djokovic Round 2 Press Conference

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open R2 Thursday, 22 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview Australian Open R2 Thursday, 22 January, 2015

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Q. A lot of top players seem to be suffering from heat, injuries. You seem very comfortable. What's the secret for you?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Practice (smiling).

Q. Can you practice?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I'm not only talking about practice on the tennis court, but practice the professionalism off the court. But injuries are part of the sport. That's something that sometimes happens even if you're trying to take care of every single aspect of your career and yourself, trying to have the discipline, holistic approach to everything. Professional tennis nowadays is very demanding in terms of commitment on and off the court. But, as I said, injuries happen. Especially for the tennis players, which are individual athletes, which have a lot of challenges they have to face for their bodies and their minds, traveling, changing time zones, surfaces, conditions of play. It takes a toll on your body, definitely.

Q. Were you surprised to see Rafa in such a physical state of distress last night?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Video: Nole Djokovic: Training Day - Australian Open 2015

Video: Nole Djokovic: Training Day - Australian Open 2015

Novak Djokovic is a man who knows a thing or two about putting in the hard training yards. We followed him as he practised ahead of his opening round match at Australian Open 2015.

Photos: Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2015 R1

Photos: Novak Djokovic Australian Open 2015 R1

Nole defeated Aljaz Bedene in his first encounter at the Australian Open.... Enjoy some pictures from his match...

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Novak Djokovic Interview - Australian Open R1 Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview - Australian Open R1 Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

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Q. After a slow start today, it went better? Was it only the first round or anything else?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: No, just glad to be back competing on the highest level in tennis. Australian Open has been very dear to me. My most successful Grand Slam. I've been playing some of my best tennis throughout career on these courts. Trying to soak up every joyful moment on the court. Obviously the start was a bit slower performance, weaker performance, from my side. He had a couple of breakpoints. The match could have gone a different way in the first set. Never played him. Watched him only once. He did surprise me. I had a difficult time to read his serve. The courts are playing a little bit faster than they were the last two years than they were in previous years. So if you have a big serve, know how to use it, it's a big advantage on these courts. He's a good player obviously. He qualified. Reached the finals in Chennai. Qualified again here. He felt confident. He had nothing to lose. On the other hand, I managed to stay tough, overcome some kind of challenges that I faced in the beginning of the match. I played much more comfortably in the rest of the match.

Q. How are you feeling? The effects of the virus, are they all gone?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes. I mean, they're fading away. It hasn't been an ideal couple of weeks in terms of health and preparation. But, you know, I fighted my way through. Now it's behind me. I'm only looking forward. I think I did well in terms of responding to the slow start today, feeling a little bit rusty on the court. So hopefully the next one will be even better.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview - Australian Open Sunday, 18 January, 2015

Novak Djokovic Interview - Australian Open Sunday, 18 January, 2015

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Q. Do you think you had a good off-season because you became a dad and played IPTL, busy schedule?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, it was a different off-season from the previous ones. Obviously I entered a new chapter in my life, becoming a father, forming my own family with my wife. Of course, it's something that happens for the first time in my life. Obviously brought a lot of joy to me and fulfillment in my life. The other hand, it was important for me to understand how I'm going to, you know, organize my life obviously. But I think my team made sure that I'm on my schedule, that I'm still staying disciplined and kind of committed to this sport. In terms of my approach to tennis, nothing has changed. I did have a good off-season, practiced pretty good. I followed the practice schedule that was determined by my team. After that I played one match in Abu Dhabi, a couple matches in Doha, which I thought were good enough for me to prepare myself well for Australian Open as the first Grand Slam.

Q. What happened yesterday with your practice and how are you feeling now?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I had tough couple days. But it's all behind me now. I'm ready for the Open.

Q. What are you suffering with? A cold?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, little bit with the flu and stomach. But I carried that already from the Middle East a little bit. But now it's good. It's passed.

Q. What do you think about the courts? Are they faster compared to last season?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I thought already last year that they were a bit faster from the previous years. That was my subjective feeling. Talked to some other players. They confirmed that feeling, as well, on the court. But the court is the same for everybody, so that's why we come here week before and we try to spend as much practice time on the court to get used to the conditions. The weather was actually very good. So far we didn't have any extreme heat days. Couple days also raining, which was also quite refreshing for Australian summer. Obviously Melbourne weather is very unpredictable. But I feel like if it stays this way, it's great for tennis.

Q. How do you feel your prospects are? Do you think you can win the tournament this year? You've obviously had great success. Who are the tournament favorites?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I don't think it's nice to talk about the title already now when the tournament hasn't started yet. There are so many players who are contenders to win the title. Considering the success that I had in my career in this tournament gives me enough reason and confidence to believe I can go far. But again, you know, I have to start the tournament well. It's the beginning of the season. We already have one of the four biggest tournaments in sport. 120 players want to prove that they deserve to be in this tournament, and they have, of course, huge motivation to win against the top players. It's something that is obviously keeping us all cautious, and we have to have a right and humble approach to the tournament. So I'll take it one match at a time.

Q. What do you know about your first-round opponent?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I don't know much. Honestly I know he's from Slovenia. I watched him play a little bit in Chennai, I think semifinals. I've seen he's a baseline player. Good, solid, two-handed backhand. Obviously he's going to be very motivated to perform well. If we get to play on center court, I'm sure it's going to be a unique experience for him. He's got nothing to lose. Referring to the previous question, lower-ranked players, younger players, have nothing to lose. That's what makes them really dangerous in the opening rounds. That's why I hope I can start with the right intensity, the way I was starting this tournament in previous years. If I do so, I have a good chance to win.

Q. It's quite ironic that 10 years ago the LTA made an offer to you and your family. He, Bedene, is trying to become a British player?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Really? I didn't know that. So how do you feel about that (smiling)?

Q. I don't think it's going to happen, but he's trying anyway.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Okay. I wish him all the best. If he thinks it's proper way for him to continue his tennis career, then I support him in this intention. Obviously at that stage of my life things weren't easy, obviously trying to find proper conditions and proper support for my career. So, yeah, at that time the country was going through a lot of troubles, Serbia, economical troubles. They had better things to do than support financially a 15-year-old tennis player. Tennis was not a big sport with a long tradition in our country. So I know how it feels, if he feels maybe something similar. But he's already an established professional player. I don't know what's the motive behind it. In my case, in the end, there was no doubt that I want to stay playing for my country because that was just a few years of struggle, but more or less I've had a clear vision of what I want to do, under which flag I want to play.

Q. Do you think players should be able to change their countries as they want?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It's a good question. I was thinking actually about it. Honestly, I think it's a bit too strict, the rule of playing only for one country. In some particular cases, like Bedene, whoever, who he wants to change for some personal reasons, private reasons, financial reasons, you know, many different reasons why you want to switch your nationality, I think the ITF, the ATP, all the governing bodies of tennis should allow these players and give them an opportunity to play for another country if that's the case. I think the previous rule was waiting five years if you get to play for one country, then you have to wait five years in order to play for another, and if you didn't you had to wait for three years. I haven't followed the rule change right now. But I think it should stay the same. I think players should be allowed to play for another country if they want.

Q. DelPo has withdrawn. How much does the game miss him?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It was very unfortunate. I was looking forward to see him. I haven't seen him here actually yet. Right now I don't think I'll see him. He's withdrawn from the tournament. It's definitely a big loss for the tournament, for tennis, not having him around. He's first of all a great guy, great person, great tennis player, very powerful, very attractive game for fans. He's a Grand Slam winner. He's somebody that has been at the top of the men's game for many years. Unfortunately he has missed now probably two of the crucial years during his active career because of the injuries. I just wish him all the best. I am very good friends with him, great relationship off the court. I'm sad to see this happen. The injuries are the greatest enemy of any professional athlete. As I understand, his wrist is something that bothers him, and you can't do much about it. I had a wrist injury this last season, 2014, a bit milder version, not to that extent of seriousness as his, but I know how tricky it is because you can't do much about it. It's either undergoing the surgery or waiting for it to heal. You can't do much stretching. You can do some physical therapies and so forth. The short-term solution is obviously cortisol or injections, which can only help if you are playing a match in a day or two. In the long-term, it cannot help. So I sincerely hope to see him very soon.

Q. He came back once. How hard is it a second time?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I've seen some of his matches in Sydney. He played well considering the circumstances he was in, the absence on the tour for basically the entire 2014. So I'm sure he's also glad that he at least played a tournament. I'm sure he's disappointed that he's not able to play in a Grand Slam because, you know, that's where he wants to perform his best. But I hope he can be positive about it and be persistent in the intention of coming back.

Q. Did you have a chance to talk to him here?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I haven't seen him at all, no, unfortunately.

Q. It's 10 years since you played your first Grand Slam match here against Safin. Can you compare the motivation you have coming back as a past champion?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it's quite different circumstances, 10 years ago and right now. I love this sport. Playing tennis gives me a great pleasure. So as long as it's like that, I have plenty of motivation to play it, and to play on the biggest stage. This is one of the biggest stages you can have in the sport. I remember back in 2005 I qualified for the first time in my career for the Grand Slam, playing Marat Safin that later on was a champion, was quite an experience. I didn't stay long on the court, but still I was enjoying it very much.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Djokovic cancels training session

Djokovic cancels training session

Novak Djokovic canceled a training session because of an undisclosed illness or injury on the eve of the Australian Open.

A spokesman for the International Tennis Federation said Sunday that Djokovic "was not well" on Saturday and that he canceled the practice session at Melbourne Park and a pre-event news conference.

The Serbian star scheduled another training session for Sunday afternoon.

Djokovic is not scheduled to play his first-round match until Tuesday against Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Nadal Bests Djokovic in Doha Doubles

Nadal Bests Djokovic in Doha Doubles

Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco beat Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic 7-6(3), 6-1 to reach the doubeles final at the Qatar Open in Doha.

Djokovic took the court soon after his marathon three-set singles loss to Ivo Karlovic.

Nadal and Monaco will be playing in their second final together where they will meet the new pairing of Julian Knowle and Philipp Oswald.

The Austrian duo beat Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6(4), 7-5 in the other semi-final.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nole upset by Karloic in Doha

Nole upset by Karloic in Doha

Ivo Karlovic upset Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in two hours and 16 minutes.

Karlovic fired 21 aces and 49 winners to advance to the Doha semi-finals.

"It was unbelievable," said Karlovic. "When I arrived here, I didn't expect that one. He wasn't able to show his full range because it was windy. I just focused on my game and in the end I was a little luckier."

Karlovic will next face David Ferrer, who beat Dustin Brown of Germany 6-2, 6-2, for a berth in the final.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Djokovic and Berdych advanced in Doha

Djokovic and Berdych advanced in Doha

Novak Djokovic beat Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-1 in his Qatar ExxonMobil Open debut.

Nole enjoys a current win streak that includes victories at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to cap off a stellar 2014.

The Serb put 72 percent of his first serve in play and was successful on five of six break point opportunities.

"I thought it was a very good performance under the circumstances that I was in for the last couple of days," Djokovic said. "I didn't know how I will feel."