Thursday, 17 November 2011
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
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 Here's what he had to say: "Dear fans and friends, sadly i have to inform you that i have withdrawn from the further tournament.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
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 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.