Thursday, 23 December 2010

Roger & Rafa Unite For Charity

The last two days have proved to be beneficial for the children of Madrid and people of Africa, as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal came together for two exhibition matches, each held in both their countries, to raise money for charity. Both won a match apiece.The first match was held on the 21st of this month, which Roger won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. He said: “This is a special match for me, which I’ll remember forever, not just only for a long, long time... I thought obviously of doing a match like this for a long time, but I felt comfortable doing it this year and Rafa was so supportive and coming over and helping… I’ll look back on this with very fond memories forever and that I was able to pull off this event here in Switzerland for the first time so nicely and with such hype, it was just amazing.” The match raised $2.6 million for Africa.The day after, the pair flew to Spain, where Rafa won 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1. Both were escorted onto the pitch by children, and later the Spainard commented: “To me, today is a very special day... I am lucky enough to be able to do what I love to do, which is to play tennis, but at the same time, through my Foundation, I get the opportunity to help hundreds of kids who are not as lucky.” It's nice to see the two friends unite for a good cause.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Federer Escorts Nadal in Mercedes SLS

Yesterday Roger Federer picked Rafael Nadal from an airport in Zurich, for their upcoming match later that day, for the 'Match for Africa' charity exhibition. The picture below shows them both getting into a Mercedes SLS, looking slick as they do so. The match wasn't very entertaining, and as it was a charity match, many fans expected fun and jokes on court. Federer defeated Nadal 4-6 6-3 6-3, raising money for a good cause. We prefered the Hit for Haiti exhibition match which took place around the Australian Open 2010.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Nole Awarded 'Best Promotor of Serbia'

Yesterday, Novak Djokovic won the award for 'Best Promotor of Serbia' for the second consecutive time at the 'Best of Serbia' awards ceremony. The ceremony has taken place annually for the last seven years. Heartfelt congratulations to him on winning the award... despite not residing in Serbia anymore (Monte Carlo IS hard to resist), his heart clearly still lies there.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Novak's 2011 Schedule. You Prepared?

Novak Djokovic's schedule for the first five months of 2011 has been released today. It looks pretty promising and full on. He'll start with the Hopman Cup (1-8 January) where Ana Ivanovic and himself will represent their home country, Serbia (2 January) vs Kazakhstan. We're excited to see them two back in action, and even more so excited about the upcoming Grand Slam, the Australian Open, which Novak won in 2008. Hopefully he'll go far this time too. Here's the part of the yearly schedule which has been released: 01.01. Perth, Australia (Exhibition tournament)- 17.01. Melbourne, Australia (Grand Slam)- 07.02. Rotterdam, Netherlands (ATP 500)- 21.02. Dubai, UAE (ATP 500)- 04.03. Belgrade, Serbia (Davis Cup)- 07.03. Indian Wells, USA (ATP 1000)- 21.03. Miami, USA (ATP 1000)
11.04. Monte Carlo, Monaco (ATP 1000)- 25.04. Belgrade, Serbia (ATP 250)- 02.05. Madrid, Spain (ATP 1000)- 09.05. Rome, Italy (ATP 1000)- 23.05. Paris, France (Grand Slam). Novak didn't win a lot of titles this year... perhaps he'll thrill us with some more wins this year.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Sweet Success brings Serbia Second

After Serbia's win and triumph in the Davis Cup, it's a pleasure to say that Serbia are now ranked second in the rankings (23134 points), not far behind Spain's top spot with 29528 points. We should thank Viktor Troicki's winning performance for that, but mainly Novak Djokovic's consistently agressive style of victory-inducing play. Nole also gained points on his personal ranking, but is yet to overcome Federer's rank of 2.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Rafa Reigns, Roger Ready: Mubadala

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship will bring united six of the world's most esteemed players to entertain tennis fans and bring out some quality tennis. Competing for sheer pride and $250,000 is reigning champion Rafael Nadal, world number 2's Roger Federer, and Berdych, Tsonga, Soderling and Baghdatis. Naturally, Rafa and Roger have been given a bye on Thursday and will start their matches this Friday. Rafa and Roger will be busy focusing on the imminent Australian Open grand slam, and may not perform to the best of their abilities though. On the other hand, Soderling is a high threat as he was runner-up last year and will be seeking the top spot this year. Tsonga's fitness to play is questionnable, having had to sit out of the Davis Cup last week because of injuries. Best of luck Rafa and Roger.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Shaved Serbian Tennis Stars

We don't understand why the Serbian team chose to shave their heads as a celebratory act. Many fans have shared their happiness, but miss the hair.Janko kept his beard it seems- they didn't promise to shave everything.A member of the Serbian team looks to mount the happy Novak.Novak looks really in the mood to celebrate and was seen jumping and screaming throughout the awards ceremony.Nole and the Serbian captain share an impassioned embrace. Well done Novak Djokovic and the rest of the team!

Serbia are the World Champions

Both Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki secured the win of the Davis Cup 2010 today after breathtaking wins over the French. This is the first time Serbia have won the prestigious world event, which took place in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.The Serbian team (Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic) had their heads shaved as promised... Upon his victory, Viktor burst into tears. He's not a top player (ranked around 30), so this was a big day for his personal career as well as for his country.Marat Safin also made an appearance today at the finals, causing a bit of a stir. But it was Djokovic's day. Congratulations.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Novak Pleases Homecrowd

Novak Djokovic managed to secure a win against France after defeating Gilles Simon in straight sets yesterday. The Davis Cup final was held in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, so most of the crowd was on Novak's side. His win put Serbia in an equal position to France, and the scores stand 1-1. Janko Tipsarevic lost in straight sets to Frenchman Gaels Monfils which caused a bit of an upset. Novak cut his hair a bit and we were less than impressed because we prefer the fluffy hair, and a tiny bit of us wants Serbia to lose the Davis Cup; if Serbia win then Novak has promised to shave his hair off...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Djokovic Pumped for Davis Cup Final

The Davis Cup final between Serbia and France will take place 3rd- 5th December. The top player of the four matches taking place between the two countries will be Serbian Novak Djokovic. In his interview which took place a week ago, he said that if he was to win it would be 'the biggest achievement of my personal career' and the Davis Cup is the 'biggest occasion of our [SRB team] lives'. It clearly means a lot to Novak, and we think that he was a little distracted in the ATP Finals by this upcoming final. The finals will be taking place in Belgrade, and Novak commented saying 'it's probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to have it [the match] at home... the help of the crowd will be very much necessary'. Tsonga will not be playing for France, and without his help, we believe Serbia will have an easy win. The official team nominations for Serbia are: Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic. They'll each face one each from French players: Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement. Llodra is a bit of a dark horse and we hope he doesn't face Djokovic. On Day 1 (3rd December) play starts at 1pm (GMT)- Day 2 (4th Dec) at 2pm and Day 3 (5th Dec) at 12pm.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Rafa, Roger, Nole Art Pays Big

A few weeks ago, when the top eight ATP players qualified for the World Tour Finals, they were requested to take part in the 'Art of Tennis'. This sounds cultivated. In actual fact, all they had to do wall hit paint-coated tennis balls at a template of themselves. This was for a good cause though, charity, and people paid huge amounts for the paintings. Andy Roddick's painting was sold at $33,100, Rafael Nadal's at $26,500, Novak Djokovic's at a close $22,103, Murray's at $7,301, Soderling's at $5,100, Ferrer's at $3,350, and Berdych's at $3,001. The painting that was expected to raise the most money was that from Roger Federer, which sold for $27,300. Novak Djokovic said, whilst doing the painting: 'I've been trying to express myself with paintings for many years... no-one's ever taken me seriously'.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Federer Wins Fifth ATP Final Title

Dubbed as the 'Greatest tennis player Of All Time' for a reason, Roger Federer won the ATP World Tour Finals season finale for his fifth time (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and now 2010). He defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1 in a truly remarkable manner and was broken only once. On the road to the title, Federer defeated; Ferrer 6-1 6-4; Murray 6-4 6-2; Soderling 7-6(5) 6-3; Djokovic 6-1 6-4; finally Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1. We have to say Rafa did well to obtain a set against one who had previously lost none in the tournament. Roger's new, red shirt with the petite RF logo on the sleeves stood out and coordinated with the numerous fans dressed in the colours of Switzerland. The 1500 points will be added to his rank points from tomorrow. Well done Roger!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Eye-eye, Captain Djokovic

Novak Djokovic made an unforgettable entrance to the court of ATP World Tour Finals tonight at 8pm when he was to face Andy Roddick. The eye patch was a (d)joke referring to his contact lense problem two nights ago when he lost to Nadal. It made Andy Roddick's entrance a little bland. Novak won in a true champion fashion of straight sets, 6-2 6-3, and signed the camera with a duck. When interviewed before leaving the court, he was told he 'looks like Johnny Depp', and rather modestly, Novak laughed 'maybe but ten times uglier!', which unsettled the crowds. Good luck facing Roger Federer tomorrow, Djokovic.

ATP World Tour Finals better in 2009?

Yes. The line up of the qualified players was much stronger than the line up of 2010. With players such as David Ferrer who lost every set played in the ATP World Tour Finals, the quality of tennis has not yet reached expectations.Above: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all smiles for the cameras (London 2009). Below: the same (London 2010).Andy Murray faces Rafael Nadal in the semi finals tomorrow. Nadal won his group (B) and Murray came 2nd to Roger Federer in group A. Roger Federer will face either Roddick or Novak Djokovic, depending on who wins the match out of the two. We hope Novak can have his contacts sorted, and demolish Roddick, to secure his place in the semis.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

ATP Semis Qualifying Scenarios

It's very difficult to get your head around the standings of Round Robin. It's easier to focus on a single player rather than a few. Our focus is on Novak Djokovic, of Group A. The following scenarios of Friday 26th November will mean he wins the group and qualifies for a place in the semi- finals; Berdych defeats Nadal in 2 sets and Djokovic defeats Roddick in 2 sets = Djokovic Wins Group. Berdych defeats Nadal in 3 sets and Djokovic defeats Roddick in 2 sets = Djokovic Wins Group. If Roddick defeats either Djokovic or Berdych in the foreseeable matches, then it is without a doubt that Rafael Nadal has won the group and secured his place in the semi finals.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

No Rafole Until Counselling

Rafael Nadal vs Novak Djokovic. We all knew Rafa would win, and indeed right now he's serving for the match 7-5 •5-2. The first half was full of drama. Novak's contact lense got dry and he sat out for a bit before running off court to his changing rooms to rectify the matter. Then his eye was causing problems from there. He lost the first set and from there, no way back. Novak apologised to Rafa, who later shouted at the ATP staff for allowing Nole so much time to fiddle with his eye. But as an aside to Rafa, Andy Roddick and others have been unhappy with his late exits from his changing room. Either way, the Rafole business was good while it lasted and we don't want the relationship to be over.

Rafa & Roger Receive Top Awards

The 2010 ATP World Tour Awards was an event to be remembered. Rafael Nadal won the 'Sportsmanship Award' and the 'ATP World Tour No. 1' award, after an amazing year for the Spaniard including 3 grand slam wins. The world no.1 said "It is a big satisfaction to receive the Sportsmanship Award, voted for by my fellow players; it’s very important for me... It’s an honour for me to receive the year-end No. 1 trophy. It’s been a fantastic season for me, the best of my career". We're sure that Roger Federer was a bit upset, understandably, having his 6-year streak of the No.1 award come to an end. No doubt Rafa's awards will inspire him to go for the ATP World Tour Finals title. Roger Federer won the 'Fans Favourite' award after leading the votes with an impressive 47%, and said “I would like to thank my fans for voting me once again. The fans inspire me to play this wonderful game". This is the eighth time the Swiss Maestro has won this award, proving that he's still got it. He was followed by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the poll. We're extremely happy for Roger to have won what is one of the most coveted awards in the game of tennis, and expect Novak Djokovic and his pal Nadal will win it in the years to come.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Djokovic is Diego Maradona's Dashing Muse

Novak Djokovic avenged his Wimbledon 2010 semi-final exit to Tomas Berdych, with a 6-3 6-3 win against the Czech, in his first match of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals today at 2pm. Novak and Roger Federer are the only two in the line up to have won the title before. Novak said "I couldn't ask for a better start of the tournament... I was trying to focus on my game and do the things that I planned to do tactically with my coach. You have to be really on the top of the game in order to win, because these players who are taking part in this tournament are the best players in the world". Novak could possibly win the title again.Not many of us knew that football legend Diego Maradona was a fan of tennis. Even fewer of us were acknowledged with the fact that he's a huge fan of Novak Djokovic and after the match, he went to celebrate with Novak off-court. It was certainly hard to tell who was the most honoured- Maradona was hugging Novak, before posing for the cameras with the Serb- Novak was talking animatedly and excitedly. Novak said about Maradona: “He's actually doing coaching; you didn't know that, for me (smiling)? We're working on some specifics, like how to play with hands, high balls (laughter).. We spoke in Italian, which made some exercise for me. He has played so many years in Italy, so he speaks very well. I still have to work on my Spanish. Tomorrow we spoke about eventually him coming to practice and playing a little bit of tennis and football”.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Novak Dazzles New Sergio Tacchini Shirt

We have found a new image of Novak Djokovic in some of the clothes from the upcoming Sergio Tacchini collection. Nole is wearing a green and white t-shirt with a short-sleeved jumper on top, both of which have the logo on. Sergio Tacchini are currently updating their site to something bigger and better, and we can't help but think it's Nole who's lead them in this positive direction. Register at the site now for a promotional code and free shipping. To view the history of Novak for Sergio Tacchini, click here.

Prime Minister Gets Cosy With Tennis Stars

Yesterday, the top 8 ranked tennis players (as order shown- Ferrer, Soderling, Federer, Murray, Berdych, Roddick, Novak Djokovic and Nadal) met the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, at a private reception at number 10 Downing Street. Collectively, they all looked smart in their shiny suits and polished shoes.The players looked very much in place amidst the cultivated decor and elaborate finishings. Murray seems very happy to be stood beside Cameron. Their ties even matched (either Murray wanted to be coordinated with the ribbon on the ATP World Tour Finals trophy... or he voted for the Conservatives in the recent election).Cameron was quoted to have said: "It's fantastic that the ATP World Tour Finals tournament is back in London for the second year running. It's great for London and great for the country. I am 100% behind Britain hosting high profile sporting events such as this". On Andy Murray (who seems to be his favourite), he said "I hope that seeing the world's top players compete right on our doorstep, including Britain's very own Andy Murray, will inspire our next generation of sporting heroes". Murray, who is Britain's number one, said: "It’s the second time I’ve been here. It was nice. He [David Cameron] likes tennis, which we knew beforehand. We spoke about tennis and some of the past players. It was good fun, I really enjoyed it".Presumably Roger Federer was among those they talked about, who looked very smart in his grey tie and impressive posture, pictured talking to the American number 1, Andy Roddick, who narrowly qualified for this upcoming tournament.Rafa looks particularly happy in stood in front of 10 Downing St. Perhaps he should apply to be the next PM; he's conquered tennis, and most probably the tournament next week.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Aston Races Into the Lead

Aston Martin are pulling out all the stops this fall. In their new magazine, they start it with something we don't think we've ever seen before: a proper Aston Martin ad campaign. This is executed neatly with a Cygnet on the left, and a DB9 on the right, in the heart of a very fashionable street. If you click on the image you'll be able to see the 'Dior' poster hanging taut in one of the dated windows. To further illustrate how fashionable Aston Martin is, they've included an elegant Ralph Lauren ad.The most impressive feature of the entire magazine was the article on the Rapide. The images reminded me of those used to promote the DBS a few years ago, with the car in question strolling onto grey scenes suavely. The French title translated to English is 'My God, what a beauty'. Perfect. View the entire Aston Martin magazine of autumn 2010 if you want to be familiar with the latest from Aston.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sergio Tacchini is Complete.

In the latter-day society, the sad fact of the matter is that Sergio Tacchini is not as well known as Nike and Adidas, for instance. Hence, the release of their perfume 'Precious Pink' in September 2009 was not as well acclaimed as it deserved to have been. The perfume is said to be aimed at 'dynamic and elegant women with good taste, who chooses sensual, natural, classic and elegant aromas'. This concept is successfully captured in the impressive ad campaign. The woman's longline Sergio Tacchini tee is classic, and elegant too. We are not keen on the name 'Precious Pink' as it's too girly, but the 'pink' is supposed to suggest the extent of femininity of its scent. The bottle has clearly tried to look trendy though, with the aid of the Sergio Tacchini logo and diamante neck, however the diamante/silver neck is distasteful. The ad campaign was photographed in Monte Carlo bay, not far from where the tennis Monte Carlo Masters 1000 is situated (note the coastline... and the little Nadal and Verdasco).What adds to the appeal of the location for 'Precious Pink' is that Novak Djokovic resides in Monte Carlo, and is quite possibly the best ambassador Sergio Tacchini could ever wish for. Sergio's perfume is one that tributes tennis for being a sport of elegance and fabulous players.