Sunday, 30 January 2011

Djokovic vs Murray, Finale Pics

Here are the photos from the finale of the Australian Open 2011, Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray 6-4 6-2 6-3. Nole hoists the trophy above his head.Not quite the hug Nole gave Rafa after their US Open 2010 finale match.Chemistry between Nole and his team. His dad is the one in black.Nole looks content.Side view of the same shot.He did this scream after breaking Murray in the third set 3-1.Nole celebrates in the locker rooms with his team.Novak in the following press conference looking as happy as ever.The ballkids scrambled around Nole as fast as his serves.Nole can be the first man to enjoy a full-sized replica of the trophy.Bird's eye view of Nole with his trophy.He holds up his Youtek Speed racquet in triumph. He stood with his thumb up for the cameras.A final picture of Novak cradling his second grand slam trophy.

Serbian Champ of Aussie Open

Novak Djokovic won the Australian Open 2011 for his second time in four years today against Andy Murray in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. Djokovic accepted his trophy, and said "...Davis Cup title and another Grand Slam title. I'm living the dream of a tennis player, definitely. I have been more focused and dedicated to the sport than I have ever been before. To be able to win in straight sets against a player like Andy Murray in the finals of Grand Slam, it makes my success even bigger. This was a great match. From the start to the last point, I did what I intended of doing tactically, what I talked with my coach, what I prepared for. It's the best way that I could ask for to start a season. Both of those guys [Federer and Murray] play their best tennis on the hard courts, as well as I do. But to be able to win against those players in straight sets is incredible. During this tournament I was feeling great on the court, the Davis Cup win may have a big role in my great performance here in this tournament. After we won Davis Cup title I was feeling great on the court, just eager to compete".Murray commented on the match too, saying "It's better than it was last year. It was obviously tough, disappointing. I thought Novak played unbelievably well. It's tough, but got to deal with it. Anyone who played in three finals would have loved to have won one. But I haven't. I just need to keep working hard and try and do it". Sure one day he might win a grand slam, but he hasn't won one yet. We are quite appalled at how the headlines are focusing on Murray's loss rather than Djokovic's grand slam victory. Upon winning, Nole took off his shirt, trainers, soles from trainers, armbands and threw them into the audience.Most woke up at 8.30am to watch the match intently. It wasn't hard to notice that Murray's games kept going to deuce and that they lasted forever. Novak's game was clean and aggressive. In the second set he had the chance to take it 6-0, before giving the game to Murray. We doubt it'll be soon before Murray is able to win a grand slam match with Novak Djokovic aiming for the standards of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Next, Novak will compete in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, Holland. He has until 7th Feb to prepare for that, which shouldn't be too hard for him to try and win after his second grand slam.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Djokovic To Win The Aussie Open!

After an amazing straight set win (7-6, 7-5, 6-4) against Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic has booked his place in the Australian Open 2011 final, of which he's no stranger to after winning it in 2008 against Tsonga. Novak's comments on the match were: “Overall, it was a great performance. I'm very happy with the way I played. I knew that I had to use my chances. I stayed very calm and focused after losing my serve at 4-3 [in the third set] and managed to re-break and then serve it out really well. It's a great and encouraging fact that I can rely on my serve in the important moments; that gives you a little bit of the relief and advantage... To be able to have [the Davis Cup] in the back of your mind is a big advantage coming into the season,” added Djokovic. “I had that motivation and confidence from the big success that we had and playing really well. So I just continued on. I knew that these two weeks are the most important. This is where I want to play my best tennis and I was setting up my form exactly for this tournament. Paid off”. Novak's defeat over Roger Federer and Nadal's injury costing him means that this final will be the first since the same time in 2008 that a grand slam does not feature Rafa or Roger. Despite this, Roger remains positive and had some great things to say about the Serb: “I thought he played a great match. I didn't think I played bad myself, so it was a match played at a very high intensity for a long period of time. Clearly it's disappointing to lose, but what to do if he plays well on the big points, and potentially maybe I didn't. It was a tough match. I think he managed the conditions well. He deserved to win at the end. I can move on from this with a good mindset, to be honest. That's what's important right now, that I don't feel like I have physical issues or I'm not playing the right way and whatever. So I'm really positive what's ahead of me”. Novak will play either Andy Murray or Ferrer.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Aussie Open Quarter-Finals

It's almost shocking for Fernando Verdasco to have been defeated by Tomas Berdych in straight sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open. Both are top ten players so we expected some competitive tennis during their match rather than a one-sided match. As expected, what with his top form and everything, Novak Djokovic defeated Nicolas Almagro in straights and has booked his place in the quarters against Berdych. We are slightly worried about Djokovic now because Berdych is capable of some really high-quality tennis- in Wimbledon 2010 Berdych showed no mercy to the Serb and knocked him out of the tournament. The second of the four quarter-final matches will be an all Suisse showdown, with Stanislas Wawrinka facing world no. 2 Roger Federer. We all expect Roger to win that one, but if Wawrinka is able to cause one upset by defeating Andy Roddick in straights, then he's capable of another. Tomorrow we'll see Nadal vs Cilic, Raonic vs Ferrer, Soderling vs Dolgopolov and Melzer vs Murray. If things go as expected, from there will be Nadal vs Ferrer and Soderling vs Murray quarter-final matches.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Novak Makes A Straight Start

In the early hours of today Novak Djokovic hit the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne almost simultaneously as when a black 2010 Aston Martin DB9 purred past us on the motorway. It is quite difficult to choose which of the two excited us more. The Serb won in straight sets against Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-3 6-1 and said “definitely I'm satisfied with the performance today. Just happy with the way I played overall. I was building up on the confidence that I had in the past couple weeks of 2010, [when I] played really well, even in London, then the Davis Cup final was just remarkable. Right here I took the ball early from the start, wanted to be aggressive, give him no choice to come back to the match. Definitely this performance gives me more confidence and gives me enough reason to think that I can beat anyone”. That's how a winner of a grand slam talks, right? We have high expectations from Novak after his performance in the Davis Cup not long ago. He should aim to try and win the Australian Open this year to have the title for his second time. Also, world no.6 Tomas Berdych defeated Marco Crugnola 6-4 6-0 6-2 today. Roger Federer saw off Lacko in straights (6-1 6-1 6-3) and Andy Roddick pulled a victory against Hajek with his score of 6-1 6-2 6-2. Tomorrow Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling will play their first matches of the tournament too.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Prepped for Australian Open

The Australian Open starts tomorrow. Looking at the draw (click to enlarge) we think there's a place reserved in the final for Rafael Nadal. He looked fit and healthy in the 'Rally For Relief' exhibition. On the other half of the draw we think it's going to be a decider between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, both of which play tomorrow. Other big names coming out on the court tomorrow are Andy Roddick, Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. It's great that Venus is taking part because it wasn't long ago we thought that the Australian Open would be a no show for her and her sister Serena.We'd love Novak Djokovic to win. Is that another new Sergio Tacchini shirt he's wearing? Novak in his specs signing photographs. Novak and Rafa together on the Australian Open courts.

Round Up of Rally For Relief

The 'Rally For Relief' charity exhibition match raised $1.5 million for the victims of the Queensland flooding in Australia. The tennis players were divided into two teams. The Green Team featured Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka, Vera Zvonareva, Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters. Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic, Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer and Sam Stosur made up the Gold Team. Later fans were treated to a mixed doubles match Nadal/Clijsters vs Federer/Stosur. Roddick took to twitter to comment on the match and said “had a great time at rallyforrelief today... an honor to be a part of such spirit and sentiment”. Murray followed suit and tweeted “rally for relief was great fun, really pleased to have been a part of it”.Novak Djokovic was the main man of the event.This shot shows Hewitt, Wozniacki and Henin looking on at Djokovic adjusting the strings on his Head racquet.Novak shares a hug with Andy Murray. It was nice to know Murray would be taking part in the exhibition. Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic seem inseparable these days.Novak poses to make a shot. Novak detoxes with some water. We love his new Sergio Tacchini red shirt but miss the old charismatic falcon winged shirts.Seems like photography is yet another talent that the Serb has!Novak invades the photographers box to try his hand at shooting photos.Novak and Lleyton.