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Monday, July 1, 2019

Djokovic off to winning start with Ivanisevic at his side

Djokovic off to winning start with Ivanisevic at his side
Djokovic off to winning start with Ivanisevic at his side

Novak Djokovic got his campaign for a fifth Wimbledon title off to a winning start on Monday with newly-hired coaching team recruit, and 2001 winner, Goran Ivanisevic helping steer the ship.

Djokovic defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

But he had to recover from early breaks in both of the first two sets against a player who beat him at Indian Wells this year, as well as a nasty fall on the Centre Court grass.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Djokovic prepares for Wimbledon with seven-hour meeting

Djokovic prepares for Wimbledon with seven-hour meeting
Djokovic prepares for Wimbledon with seven-hour meeting

Novak Djokovic warmed up for the defence of his Wimbledon title not on the practice courts, but locked away for seven hours in a stuffy meeting room discussing the politics of tennis.

As well as being the world number one and the holder of 15 Grand Slam titles, the 32-year-old is president of the ATP Player Council.

It's a powerful representative body which also occasionally pits player against player.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Djokovic rolls in France

Djokovic rolls in France
Djokovic rolls in France

Novak Djokovic needed only 95 minutes to beat unseeded Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in a rather uneventful match.

But in an on-court interview afterward, the 32-year-old Serbian revealed that his 4-year-old son Stefan watched him play in person for the first time.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Djokovic powers past Hurkacz

Djokovic powers past Hurkacz
Djokovic powers past Hurkacz

Novak Djokovic might be out of pocket after trashing the floor of a Roland Garros gym but there was little else troubling the Serb after he opened his French Open bid on Monday by dismantling Poland's Hubert Hurkacz.

The 32-year-old, bidding for a second Roland Garros title and to become the first man in the professional era to hold all four Grand Slam titles on two separate occasions, mixed power and precision in equal measure to win 6-4 6-2 6-2.

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal, the man most likely to block Djokovic's path to a second "Nole Slam", had earlier launched his bid for a 12th title on the Parisian clay in sublime style.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Djokovic facing tricky Roland Garros opener

Djokovic facing tricky Roland Garros opener
Djokovic facing tricky Roland Garros opener

Novak Djokovic begins his bid for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title on Monday against Hubert Hurkacz at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) v Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

Nole can become only the second man in history to hold all four Grand Slams simultaneously twice if he triumphs in Paris.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Nadal vs Djokovic in Rome final

Nadal vs Djokovic in Rome final
Nadal vs Djokovic in Rome final

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won Saturday to advance to the final at the Italian Open, which will be their 54th career meeting.

Djokovic had a challenge in his semifinal match before defeating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-3 to reach his ninth final in Rome.

"He came out with the right game plan," Djokovic said of Schwartzman. "He was hitting the ball clean. He was hitting it fast. He was mixing up the pace. He was drop-shotting really well. It was really hard to read the play."

After the win in the second-set tiebreaker, Schwartzman gained confidence but couldn't take the momentum into the third set.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Djokovic vs Del Potro in Rome quarter-final

Djokovic vs Del Potro in Rome quarter-final
Djokovic vs Del Potro in Rome quarter-final

Novak Djokovic booked his ticket to the quarter-finals of the Italian Open with a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Serbian world number one won his third round match 6-3, 6-0 after earlier easing past Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-3.

"I like the fact that I didn't play yesterday because I felt like I needed an extra maybe day of rest and recovery a little bit," said the Serb. "So it was perfect."

Monday, May 13, 2019

Djokovic wins Madrid Masters

Djokovic wins Madrid Masters
Djokovic wins Madrid Masters

Novak Djokovic said his impressive burst of form which won him a third Madrid Open title and 33rd Masters could prove decisive in his assault on the French Open.

The world number one joined Rafael Nadal on top of the all-time Masters list when he swept to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final in the Spanish capital.

"At this very important time for me in the season, the win gives me a lot of confidence prior to Rome and, of course, Roland Garros where I definitely want to play my best," said the 15-time major winner.

Djokovic dominated a clearly exhausted Tsitsipas less than 24 hours after the 20-year-old Greek had stunned five-time champion Nadal in a semi-final which ended around midnight on Saturday.

Djokovic and Nadal will now attempt to claim a 34th Masters title in Rome this week in a key indicator ahead of Roland Garros which gets under way on May 26.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Tsitsipas vs Djokovic in Madrid final

Tsitsipas vs Djokovic in Madrid final
Tsitsipas vs Djokovic in Madrid final

Stefanos Tsitsipas notched a big upset of second-seeded Rafael Nadal on clay Saturday to reach the championship match of the Mutua Madrid Open.

The rising Greek star's 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Nadal was his 10th career win against a Top 10 player.

Tsitsipas, who had five aces, will face top-seeded Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final. Djokovic recorded a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) over fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem in the other semifinal.

Djokovic will be looking for his third title in Madrid. He defeated Nadal in 2011 and Andy Murray in 2016.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Cilic withdraws, Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals

Cilic withdraws, Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals
Cilic withdraws, Djokovic reaches Madrid Open semifinals

Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Friday after Marin Cilic withdrew because of food poisoning.

Cilic said he had a terrible night and would not be able to play in the quarterfinal match against the top-ranked Djokovic at the Magic Box.

Cilic had three-set wins in his first three matches in Madrid. He saved four match points in the opener against Martin Klizan, then beat Jan-Lennard Struff and Laslo Djere.

Djokovic was coming off comfortable two-set victories in his first two matches. He will next face either Roger Federer or Dominic Thiem.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Djokovic reaches Madrid Open quarterfinals

Djokovic reaches Madrid Open quarterfinals
Djokovic reaches Madrid Open quarterfinals

Novak Djokovic eased into the Madrid Open quarterfinals by beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 7-6 (2) on Thursday.

Djokovic dominated the first set and won the final four points of the tiebreaker in the Magic Box.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Video: Djokovic & Thiem Practise in Madrid

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Video: Djokovic & Thiem Practise in Madrid

Watch World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and recent Barcelona champion Dominic Thiem practise together before the 2019 Mutua Madrid Open.




Photo Credit: Mutua Madrid Open.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Medvedev vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo semis

Medvedev stuns Djokovic to reach Monte Carlo semis
Medvedev vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo semis

Daniil Medvedev delivered the biggest win of his career on Friday when he dispatched top-seeded Novak Djokovic to advance to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

The 10th-seeded Medvedev broke the Serbian's serve five times during the stunning 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory in two hours, 20 minutes on the clay of Court Rainier III. It marked the first time the Russian has defeated a World No. 1 player.

"It's definitely the best match of my career. Not in terms of level of tennis, but definitely by the result," Medvedev said after the match. "(Reaching my) first Masters 1000 semifinal, beating No. 1 for the first time in my life. Just amazing."

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo

Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo
Djokovic beats Kohlschreiber in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

Djokovic saved 12 of 16 break points to win the clay-court match in two hours, 36 minutes.

The Serb, who received a first round bye, clinched the first set with penetrating groundstrokes from the baseline but struggled with his serve in the second and serving at 2-3 down was forced to save two break points.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open

Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open
Djokovic upset in 4th round at Miami Open

Roberto Bautista Agut upset Novak Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-3 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open as the Spaniard claimed his second win over the Serb this year.

Djokovic blasted the 22nd seed off the court in the opening set but Bautista Agut grew more aggressive in the second, stepping in to take his second serves early and baiting his opponent into extended rallies.

The tide turned in Bautista Agut's favor in the third when, after both players exchanged service breaks, an uncharacteristically sloppy Djokovic sent a backhand wide to fall behind 4-2.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Djokovic beats Delbonis in Miami

Djokovic beats Delbonis in Miami
Djokovic beats Delbonis in Miami

Novak Djokovic staved off a spirited challenge from Federico Delbonis for a 7-5 4-6 6-1 win in the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday.

Like Roger Federer the previous day, top seed Djokovic found it tough going against an unseeded opponent before prevailing in two hours in the Florida twilight.

Eighty-third ranked Delbonis, a left-hander with perhaps the highest ball toss in the game, took advantage of some Djokovic errors in the second set.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Djokovic ready to play tennis not politics at Miami Open

Djokovic ready to play tennis not politics at Miami Open
Djokovic ready to play tennis not politics at Miami Open

Novak Djokovic dismissed any suggestion of friction with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal as tennis politics spilled over to the Miami Open.

Tension between the three biggest names in men's tennis appeared on the rise after Djokovic, president of the ATP Player Council, rebuffed a request by Federer to meet during the BNP Paribas in Indian Wells earlier this month to discuss the future of ATP chairman Chris Kermode.

Despite a tenure which brought record prize money and growth, Kermode was ousted as ATP chief when players' representatives on the ATP Board failed to endorse an extension of the Englishman's contract.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells

Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells
Djokovic stunned by Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells

Philipp Kohlschreiber upset Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The German punched the air in celebration after a video review confirmed that his forehand winner caught the line on match point to seal the upset victory in Indian Wells.

Nole looked out-of-sorts throughout the 98-minute contest. He committed 27 unforced errors, converted just one of his five break point opportunities and destroyed his racket at one point when frustration boiled over on a sunny day in the Southern California desert.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title
Djokovic claims record seventh Australian title

Novak Djokovic claimed a record seventh Australian Open crown after beating Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 6-3.

Moving past Pete Sampras into outright third on the all-time list of Grand Slam winners, Djokovic will head to Roland Garros looking for a second "Nole Slam", having already swept all four majors in 2015-16.

Only Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17 outstrip Djokovic's tally of Grand Slam trophies, but on the strength of the champion's virtuoso performance at Rod Laver Arena, they will be looking nervously over their shoulders.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next
Djokovic into Australian Open final, faces Rafa next

Novak Djokovic was about as perfect as can be in his semifinal at Rod Laver Arena. Didn't miss much. Almost couldn't, really.

It was a performance so flawless, so fantastic, that it was easy to feel as if only one man on the planet might have a chance of preventing Djokovic from claiming a record seventh Australian Open title: Rafael Nadal. As it happens, that is who he'll face in Sunday's final.

Djokovic never relented, not for a moment, while making an unheard-of total of five unforced errors against an overmatched Lucas Pouille en route to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 semifinal victory that lasted less than 1 1/2 hours.

"I guess you're driven by some force that takes over you, and you feel divine. You feel like in a different dimension," Djokovic said. "It's quite an awesome feeling that we all try to reach and stay in. Probably the biggest challenge, I think, is how to repeat that, how to stay there for as long as you possibly can."