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A few hours ago, the news emerged that Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Davis Cup with “lower back and rib pain”, and was replaced by Serbian teammate Viktor Troicki.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.