Friday, 30 December 2011

Djokovic Downs Federer in Dubai

Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the Mubadala Tennis Championships 6-2 6-1 in an amazing 44 minutes and is set to face Ferrer, who defeated Rafael Nadal earlier today. Ecstatic with his victory, the Serb said "that was definitely an incredible performance... I will get a lot of confidence if I continue playing like that". Nole also gave his fans confidence that he is raring to get off to a great start in the coming year. David Ferrer was also pleased with his own performance, but has some reservations for his showdown against Novak, and suitably so: "I played very consistent and was happy with my match... It will be very difficult against Novak because he is No. 1 in the world. But I will do my best to make it a good match against him".

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Novak Djokovic is GQs Man of the Year... Ace!

Isn't it a pleasure to see your favourite gentlemen's quarterly honour your favourite sportsman with a prestigious award? GQ magazine have awarded seventeen people with awards for being 'Men of the Year 2011' under their own separate categories, such as 'Show Men' or 'Knock Out', Djokovic's own category being dubbed appropriately as 'Ace', and also being only one of two sports categories featured. Our humble Novak Djokovic. To quote, Tom Scocca has branded the Serbian tennis player as 'suddenly... the most powerful force in tennis'. As a shock to many people, most of which who aren't in the know of the sport, Djokovic has overwhelmed Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as favourites to win the category. Upon being asked 'what has changed, Mr Djokovic?', he responded "I've matured as a player... I've matured as a person. I know what to do. I know how to handle my life, my career... I just wasn't consistent enough, and I just wasn't actually believing enough that I could get it together and start winning more major events and be No. 1... The squirrel was one of my close friends in London. Unfortunately, I didn't see her after I won the title, because I wanted to celebrate it with her". [Regarding his comic on-court impressions] as a kid I was creative and I was dreaming of having one stroke out of each player who was on top of the tennis at that time, you know. Let's say Agassi's return, Sampras' serve and attitude on the court, and, I don't know, Rafter's or Edberg's volleys and forehand, and these are the strokes that I kind of imagined to have, and I impersonated those players, and that's how it started. I always try to have something that keeps my mind relaxed, keeps my mind a little bit off tennis".Can we also applaud GQ for their latest cover that features a ragged Daniel Craig? Looks extremely promising and a must-read for Bond fans. 

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Djokovic & Monfils for Mubadala, Dubai

Following on from the success last year at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, Novak Djokovic is set to make his first appearance at the event in Abu Dhabi, Dubai. The event will take place at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex, at Zayed Sports City, scheduled for late December this year. It doesn't seem to be a well known tournament, and understandably so, as it isn't offically part of the ATP tour, and beholds a unique knock-out system. Nole is set to compete against Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils for the title, and whilst Roger Federer has been on top form for quite a few months, it will take some effort for Nole to cinch the win. The finale will take place on New Years Eve, where Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal seem closer to than the other contestants, having been granted a bye each. So far, Mubadala has seen Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal win, in the years 2009 and 2010 respectively, and it will interesting to see if either of the two can do it again. Although we hope that this is not the case, and that Novak Djokovic can grab the title with open hands!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Nole Withdraws from Paris Masters

It is with regret that is tinged with relief that we learn of Novak Djokovic's withdrawal from the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, which he won in 2009. Apparently it was his shoulder that forced him out of the competition, after having to seek treatment out on court. Here's what he had to say: "Dear fans and friends, sadly i have to inform you that i have withdrawn from the further tournament. I have pushed myself to the limit by playing, and after the match yesterday my shoulder got worse. For this reason, I have to put my health first and withdraw even though my urges as a professional player are making me want to play until the last drop of energy. I am very sorry for all of you who bought tickets and wanted to come and watch me play. My season has been long and tiring, I played all of my matches at my highest level, and now my body is aching for recovery. Hoping for your understanding and support. Love, Nole". His words make it obvious how exhausted he really is at the near end of an amazing, but 'long and tiring' year for him. All he needs to do now is recuperate and focus on getting better, for his sake, and all of ours.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Djokovic Defeats Dodig in Paris

Novak Djokovic only needed an outstandingly short time of 91 minutes to defeat fellow ATP player Dodig, and seal a win in Paris is straight sets 6-4 6-3. The Serb holds his place in the final sixteen of the BNP Paribas 1000 Masters event in Paris that he won before in 2009. It's a tournament that holds great memories of Novak, in dull-black and bright yellow Adidas, sealing a Masters victory and starting to become a recognised player. After the match, Nole said that he "I wasn't really confident I would compete here [in Paris]... I wasn't able to be at my best but the pain was okay and I will be able to compete". After suffering his fourth loss of the year only last week due to tiredness as well as injury, it's a long shot to say that Djokovic has a chance of winning the title this year, especially as Roger Federer seems to be on a high, after comfortably winning the Basel title last week. Next, Nole is set to face fellow Serbian player Viktor Troicki, whom we expect he will defeat, but we're not sure how easily he'll be able to do it.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Novak Djokovic- Back in Basel

Novak Djokovic made a comeback on the night of Halloween in (scary) style, as he returned to Basel for another year to hit out Xavier Malisse 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. His mask was nothing short of frightening, but by now we're pretty used to seeing the (d)joker come out in costume. He said after the match: "I hoped that we would not get to the tie-break. It’s really unpredictable in the third set tie-break who’s going to win. He made a couple of mistakes. I made some returns in. Overall, it wasn’t a great match for me. I played many, many better matches this year than this one, but under the circumstances, for me the most important thing now is that I feel good on the court physically". He now holds an amazing 65-3 win-loss record for this year alone and is set to face Kubot in the next round.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Novak Severely Injured, Cries upon Retirement

It was nothing short of worrying when Novak Djokovic was forced to retire to Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, after falling and twisting his ankle. He let out a scream of pain and had to let his Serbian teammates help him back to the back. He was losing to Delpo 6-7 0-3, before retiring. Delpo was very understanding and hugged Nole, also crying, albeit out of happiness, as Argentina had officially made the showdown against Spain. Argentina have booked their place with a 4-1 victory over last year's champions, Serbia. Novak said afterwards: "I feel very disappointed to end the tie in this way, I tried although I was only 60 per cent fit and I went into the match knowing there was a risk of aggravating the injury which I first felt at the US Open...""...We knew my condition was not good but we believed that even so I would have a better chance against del Potro than my team mate Viktor Troicki would, at the end of the day it was my decision and it backfired". The image above shows Viktor Troicki holding a devastated Nole who was overwhelmed by tears."I am not saying I would have won if I had been 100 per cent fit because del Potro played at a very high level today and never in my professional career did I struggle with my return of serve as I did today. The important thing now is to determine the extent of my injury and how long it will take me to recover, I was able to battle through the pain in the US Open final but not today". Del Potro gained the hearts of many Nole fans after saying, "I feel sorry for Djokovic because he has had an incredible season and I hope he recovers quickly...""...He must have felt a little tired after returning from New York, he made a very good challenge today but I was very confident with my serve and forehand and delighted that we have gone into the final. It was a great match to play in front of his crowd who were really fantastic, I really enjoyed playing here and we are going to Spain knowing that they are the favourites but hopeful that we can win finally the Davis Cup". It really is essential that Nole takes some time out to let his body recover, and is also essential that he acknowledges the fact that his body and health is more important than a match win for Serbia.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Djokovic Bows out of Davis Cup

A few hours ago, the news emerged that Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Davis Cup with “lower back and rib pain”, and was replaced by Serbian teammate Viktor Troicki. He will play in the semifinals against Argentina. We hope that Novak will take some very well earned rest and will enjoy what he's achieved in the past week, and remember that it was him who led Serbia to win their first Davis Cup title in Belgrade last December, and also led the team to celebrate their win in a truly unusual and memorable fashion.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Djokovic Does it Again at the US Open!

In a truly magnificent and unexpected style, Novak Djokovic managed to defeat defending champion Rafael Nadal in order to win his fourth Grand Slam title of his career, his first US Open title, and an amazing 1,600 ATP ranking points that set him high above many. The score (6-2 6-4 6-7 6-1) does little in justifying how the events unfolded during the epic finale yesterday. Rafa cruised his way (albeit aggressively) into the first set, which secured him an early break against Nole. Nole found himself relentlessly trying to get back on serve, and succeeded after a particularly lengthy deuce. The second set almost mirrored the first. The third, however, showed Rafa adopting his usual fighting spirit, which made the match worthy of a Grand Slam finale. We're glad it wasn't a simple straight set win for Nole. Rafa's momentum was to be put out quickly, however, as Nole came out all guns blazing in the first set (rather like Rafa in the first) and saw him complete the set 6-1.Novak said in the awards ceremony: "It really sounds unreal; it's an incredible feeling. I had an amazing year and it keeps going. Every time I play Rafa it's a big challenge. I want to congratulate him on a great tournament again. I wish that we will have many more tough matches in the upcoming years. It's an absolute pleasure to be a part of the very few players that have won this trophy throughout history".It's understandable that Rafa could not help but sound dejected as he said "Obviously I'm disappointed. This guy is doing unbelievable things, so I just want to congratulate Novak. What he did this year is probably impossible to repeat. I tried my best in every moment. These kind of matches are very difficult, they bring your body to the limit. I think I tried to play aggressive, but he always made a fantastic comeback. I'm happy about what I did. I ran to every ball. I fought until the last ball. This year I've lost a lot of finals against him. I have to accept I won a lot in the past and the only thing I can do is to try my best every day to keep improving".It is a pleasure to hear those words from Rafa, congratulating his friend and also rival, whom many (including us) have been speculating about their friendship being no more. When you compare how Nole and Rafa embraced after Rafa won the US Open last year to when tables were turned and Nole won it yesterday, you can see a real difference in their body language towards each other.Nole later continued, saying “This is you can say my year, or the year where I performed my best tennis at major events. It's something that makes me incredibly happy. It's definitely going to take a lot of effort to try to repeat even half of what I have done this year for next year. I guess it takes some time to realise the success that I had this year, especially now winning another major. I'm all over positive emotions. It's really hard to find the words that can describe the feeling that I had and that I have still".“There are still a lot of things to prove to myself and to the tennis world. I still want to win many more major events. It's just that love for the sport that keeps me going. And winning on the court, that feeling, as long as it stays with me, I will keep fighting for more trophies. It would be unbelievable to be able to complete the Grand Slam, to win the French Open. It's something that is definitely an ambition, but it's going to take time".“I have just a different approach to the semi-finals and finals of major events, especially when I'm playing two great champions, Rafa and Roger. In the past couple of years that wasn't the case. I was always kind of trying to wait for their mistakes or being out there and playing my best tennis but not really having the positive attitude and kind of believing that I can win. So this has changed, I guess, and the US Open 2010 was one of the turning points in my career, definitely".“It is on one side an incredible feeling if you win against them; on the other side, it's very disappointing if you lose because they're your greatest rivals... The way I look at it, it takes a lot of mental energy and physical energy to win against these guys, especially Rafa. He never gives up. You could see that today. Two sets and a break down and serving for the match and he's coming back. That's why he's a great champion. So when I lost this third set it wasn't fun, definitely. I knew that I am not physically there. I'm not as fit as I was in the start of the match, so I needed to do take chances, and I did. It was an incredible set for me".Rafa also later continued, saying “I go back home knowing that I am on the way,” Nadal said in his post-match press conference. “I like to fight; I want to enjoy this battle against him. Six straight losses, for sure that's painful. But I'm going to work every day until that changes… [Djokovic’s] season is probably impossible to repeat… His level for sure is fantastic. He's doing very well mentally everything. So just accept that. Accept the challenge and work".“I am not one that feels that the [US Open] final is a bad result. I don't consider myself that good. Final is fantastic result. This year I won another [Grand Slam], Roland Garros. I lost six finals, but I was there. So it's smart to accept the loses with the same calm as the victories, and keep working without thinking on the past". Maybe here Rafa is being too harsh on himself? Rafa has commentated on how he only sees challenges now, rather than problems. Of course, Nole isn't a problem, but rather a challenge, as he is around 4,000 ATP ranking points ahead of Rafa. However, next year, Nole will have to do a pretty good job at defending all those titles he cinched this year. Hopefully, he'll be able to.The pair will have little time to reflect as they both take part in the Davis Cup (commencing on the 16th of this month). It's the Davis Cup last December that began Djokovic's long run that ran all the way into mid 2011, so he'll be looking not to disappoint.To sum up, well done to Novak Djokovic, who thoroughly deserved his win yesterday after an amazing performance.

Monday, 12 September 2011

A Quick Guide to Online Betting on Tennis

Millions of tennis fans around the world are huge Djokovic, Federer, or Nadal fans but very few of them realize that they can not only root on their favorite players but also place a bet on them at online sportsbetting sites. Online sportsbetting has grown into a multi-billion dollar year industry, with many of the top sportsbooks now also offering casino games such as slots and blackjack as well as poker games, bingo, and other gambling games.

Many tennis fans are intimidated by the process and scared of depositing money with an online gambling site, but both those fears are easily overcome. Creating an online account with a site is very simple and just takes a few minutes to complete, and your money is just as safe at one of the major online sportsbooks as it is in a bank. Many of the top sites are regulated and publicly-traded companies that have a long history of running brick-and-mortar betting shops around the world, so it’s far from a shady fly-by-night operation that you’re trusting with your money.

Finding a good site that has plenty of available tennis wager is easy, as it’s simple to find casino reviews online from other customers to find a site that’s a good fit for you. You’ll be able to bet on individual tennis matches as well as picking who you think the overall winner will be before the tournament begins. All major Grand Slam events are available to bet on, as well as many of the smaller tournaments from around the world.

Many sites also offer new players exclusive cash bonuses as a way to encourage them to sign up, often doubling or even tripling the amount you initially deposit. There are a few strings attached as you’ll often need to wager a certain amount before you can withdraw the bonus money but new player bonuses are a great way to start out with online betting at tennis, as it gives you a bit of a cushion to learn the ropes while playing with the house’s money, which is always a good thing!


Sunday, 11 September 2011

Djokovic Survives Death, sets up Rafole Final

Novak Djokovic came back from the dead yesterday as he saved two match points versus Roger Federer in the US Open semi finals. In a truly magnificent fashion, Nole was able to break Roger to bring the set on serve, where he broke Federer to serve for the match. The end result (6-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 7-5 to Nole) clearly shows a turning point in the game, where the Serb made an almost too late comeback. He consolidated an early break in the third set and from there upped his performance by many levels. The final set was tough to watch and, according to Federer, Novak 'got lucky' with some shots. P Diddy was present in Nole's box with his daughter, and superstar Justin Timberlake was also present (although it was apparent that he was not sat in any of the player's boxes, most say that he went to support Djokovic). Upon victory, Nole danced for the crowd, albeit only after requesting for some music! The crowd loved him then, which is ironic, after throughout the entire match they seemed to be cheering madly for the Suisse. Nole will face Rafael Nadal for the 2nd consecutive time in the US Open final, after the Spaniard finished Murray off in four sets. Hopefully, the narrow escape vs Federer will cause Nole to up his game dramatically for the final and come out all guns blazing; it's the only way I see him defeating the no-nonsense, defending champion Rafa.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Novak Djokovic Retires but Looks Perky

For the first time in what must be a long time, Novak Djokovic retired from a match after looking truly exhausted and unfit to play, due to a shoulder injury. When he retired he was losing a set and half against Andy Murray in the finals of the Western and Southern Open (Cincinnati, USA), so many seized the opportunity to say that that was the reason he retired from the match. From the very beginning however, Nole looked exactly how he used to look mid-2010 in his 'bad' days, where his skills had slipped (thanks, Todd Martin). Heavy rainfall appeared when Nole retired and the stands emptied pretty quickly after Nole and long-term friend Andy shared a moment of understanding at the net. The Serb looked slightly perkier during the trophy ceremony. Probably someone consoled and reminded him that only two losses in a year is a brill achievement. Andy said later: "It was really a good week after I struggled last week. I didn't drop a set and beat some very good players from pretty much the first round onwards. Against Nalbandian who I started off against it was tough, and then Mardy was playing really good tennis going into the semis... I would have obviously liked to have won by finishing the match. But it happens sometimes. I have to look at the week as a whole. It's been a very good week. Coming in here I had played badly in Montréal, so I needed to have a good week. Regardless of the match today, I was happy with the way that it had gone. Glad I managed to win today, but unfortunate the way it happened". It's nice that he didn't get angry at Nole and sympathised with his situation. Nole said: "I just could not serve. I served an average 90 miles per hour the first serve, and I could not play forehands. I could have maybe played another couple of games, but what for? I cannot beat a player like Murray today with one stroke. There is no good loss, that's for sure. But the good thing is that there is a week, eight days [before] the start of the US Open. So I think that's enough time for me to get ready". Let's hope so.

Monday, 15 August 2011

New Win, New Record for Nole

It's just another day at the office when Novak Djokovic bags himself a 1000 Masters tournament win and a new record. The Serb and current world no1 became the first player to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in the same season, after proving victorious against Mardy Fish (6-2, 3-6, 6-4). It's hard to not sympathise with Fish, who said: "I felt like I had an opportunity today, I really did... I had a lot of chances in that first set, ended up losing 6-2 early. If you try to forget who you’re playing against, you’re just playing another player, maybe you can figure out a way to get a break or two there. I had a lot of shots early in that first set on my racquet that I’d like to have back. It’s really hard to get to these spots in the first place, and I've lost four of them all in three sets. It’s really hard to take. I mean, just so much energy mentally and physically goes into going that far. I’ve never won one. I want it so badly. It hurts". The American, who is currently ranked at 8, played well and at some points seemed like the stronger player of the two, and the proof is in him being able to snag a set from Djokovic. But for now, Novak Djokovic can enjoy his first tournament win since Wimbledon a few months ago.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Novak Set for Roger(s) Finale

Novak Djokovic has booked himself a place in the Rogers Cup final tomorrow in Montreal, after defeating Tsonga 6-4 3-0(ret.). The Serb is 'one win away from becoming the first player to win five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns in the same season', and he'll be looking forward to adding that on his list of records. He will face American Mardy Fish, who said in anticipation of tomorrow: "It's a dream come true. I desperately wanted to go into the US Open in the Top 10. I'm not sure where this puts me now or if it moves me at all. At least it gives me a little cushion against some of the guys that are coming up". We expect Nole to win tomorrow in straight sets, but who knows? Maybe Fish will surprise us.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Last Maestro in Montreal is not Suisse

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray have all tripped out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, to leave world no1 Novak Djokovic as the remaining player of the top four seeds left in this Masters tournament. Nole saw off Davydenko and Cilic in straight sets but initially struggled in the first part of his game with the Russian. Nole found it relatively easier to play Marin Cilic and said after the match: "It wasn't really a beautiful match to play and to watch," confessed Djokovic. "But I guess in the right moments I was trying to keep the ball in court, make my opponent make an unforced error. I was just more patient and played well. So that's the positive". The Serbian Maestro (saying that will cause a stir, I'm sure) will face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the next round of the Rogers Cup. Here's to him winning the whole tournament, and a sweet 1000 ATP Ranking points.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Serena to Play in US Open

Following a year dominated by injury problems and an emotional campaign at Wimbledon, Serena Williams has gained entry to the US Open and begins her preparations right away. The younger Williams sister has hardly played in the last 12 months due to various injuries, but she has activated an injury-protected ranking so that she can take part in the action at Flushing Meadows next month. This gives Serena the chance to prove her critics wrong. She has been written off by some sports betting pundits who believe she cannot recover her best form. Certainly not in time for the US Open this year.However, she is bound to be in a better state of mind than she was for Wimbledon and her sheer determination makes her a contender. Even after a horrific year without any tennis, she showed signs of her dominance at SW19 and it was perhaps her fragile emotional state that meant progressing to the latter stages would have been too much too soon. Things are different at the US Open though. She is playing the Rogers Cup in the build-up and has had more time to get over her injury problems. Speaking about her preparations, she said: “It was really awful to miss the Open last year. My goal is to make sure I'm really fit. It's the longest I've ever taken off from tennis, so it's a challenge. I have nothing to lose. I think that's when people are the most dangerous". Serena is right when she indicates that the pressure is off. So many times before she would have gone into the US Open as one of the favourites. Not this time. She is not expected to challenge and this gives her a freedom to play her own game. Basically, you should write Serena Williams off at her peril. There is no way she takes playing tennis for granted and every tournament she competes in is obtaining 100% of her focus. Even after injury problems, a fit, focused and determined Serena Williams should be a recipe for success and the top players in the world would like to avoid her in the early rounds at the US Open, with good reason. The US Open takes place from August 29 to September 11 in New York.
Written by Thomas Rooney for Tattered Tourniquet.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

What's Next for Nole Now?

After the full-on celebration in Serbia once their hero Novak Djokovic landed there after his Wimbledon win, it looks like we can expect more to come. Nole is to take part in the Davis Cup on Sunday, representing Serbia. With his amazing form, his country can only anticipate a win. After that, it seems like Nole will have an off-season until he takes part in the Rogers Cup on the 8th August. We hope Nole comes back fighting for the cup in Toronto to dethrone Andy Murray, who won in the final last year 7-5 7-5.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Nole, No1 and New Wimbledon Champ

The way Nole clutches the trophy like it's his first born only tells us about 10% of how happy he must be feeling. Since 2002, it's only been the hailed greats of tennis (Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) who have won Wimbledon. Nine years later, we have a new champion. Novak Djokovic defeated defending champion Rafa in four sets- 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3- and played a terrific, aggressive game that brought Rafa down. Rafa was graceful in losing.Nole said: "I can't find words to describe the feeling that I have right now. I managed to achieve a lifetime goal and I managed to make my dream come true, all in three days' time. It's just an incredible feeling that I'm never going to forget. This is the best day of my tennis career"."Any athlete in the world dreams of being No. 1 of the world. So finally when you really do it and when you know that you're the best, it's just an amazing achievement. This success kind of makes you rewind [to] the old days. [It] makes you come back to your childhood and remember what you've been through to get to this stage".On Roger and Rafa winning Wimbledon for so long, he said: "They have been the two most dominant players in the world the last five years... They have won most of the majors we are playing. So sometimes it did feel a little bit frustrating when you kind of get to the latter stages of a Grand Slam. They always come up with their best tennis when it matters the most"."But it's a process of learning, a process of developing and improving as a tennis player, as a person, and just finding the way to mentally overcome those pressures and expectations and issues that you have. I always believed that I had [the] quality to beat those two guys. I always believed I had [the] quality to win majors"."After the Davis Cup win [in December versus France] I was full of life, full of energy, eager to come back to the tennis court, eager to play some more, win some other tournaments. In a sentence, I lost my fear. I believed in my abilities more than ever. Australia was one of the best tournaments I played in my life"."Obviously [today], it was the best tennis match on grass courts that I've played ever," said Djokovic. "It came [at] the right moment. I think most of the tennis players rate this Grand Slam as the most important tournament in our sport"."This is what I'm born for. I want to win more Grand Slams. I will definitely not stop here". The crowd were definitely on Rafa's side throughout the match and were ecstatic when Rafa won one set to breadstick Nole 1-6.