Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Cumberbatch for a 'Seductive' New Jaguar Ad

Jaguar released their new ad for their cars yesterday, making good use of Benedict Cumberbatch as the voiceover. Where we were worried Jaguar might lose their British spark after being taken over by 'Tata', we're pleased to say that this is not the case, as the new ad demonstrates. The British actor, Cumberbatch, states "there is one machine that makes us greater. A machine so instinctive, so seductive, it's as alive as we are. It doesn't click, or buzz. It roars. Jaguar". The ad asks 'how alive are you' at the end, but we feel obliged to ask in exclamation the same of Jaguar, because they have never been more alive than they are today. Signs of great progress are being shown when car experts themselves are lauding the new found reliability within Jaguars. As quoted from Lyndon for the Telegraph, "despite press anxiety at the time [due to Tata acquiring Jaguar from Ford back in 2008], we seem to be enjoying the best Jaguars ever made".

Djokovic Down to Business in Dubai

Novak Djokovic made it through to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships yesterday, after defeating Stebe 6-4 6-2, accomplished in a mere 88 minutes. The defending champion said after the match "He [Stebe] definitely played well, I was impressed with his game, especially in the first set. It could have gone a different way really, because he was returning well. He went on the court wanting to win, and that's the right attitude, I think. I was really happy throughout the whole match the way I played. I really didn't have many downs in the game. He made me play it. He gave me good rhythm and went for his shots and made a lot of winners. Credit to him. I'm happy with the first match after four weeks definitely". After winning this tournament 3 times in the past, we have no doubt that he will be able to snag the title for the 4th time, despite notable players such as Roger Federer taking part.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Novak Djokovic Awarded Top State Honour

Our favourite tennis player, Novak Djokovic, gained prestigious recognition when awarded with Serbia's top state honour, the 'Order of the Karadjordje's Star of the 1st degree', in Serbia a few days ago. Additionally, he has been announced as the best ambassador for Serbia worldwide. These achievements prompted him to say "I may have dreamed of lifting the trophy at Wimbledon, but I could never have thought that my country would reward me with such great honour. I am indebted to my people, and I will do my best to continue representing our beautiful country in the best possible way". Also in recent news, the Serbian tennis star admitted that he's finding it difficult to keep his feet on the ground despite his fame and glory, but assured us that he's trying his level best, which is more than you can ask for. He will take part in the Dubai Tennis Championships very soon, where he is set to defend his title.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Djokovic Awarded Prestigious Laureus Award

Novak Djokovic came out on top last night when he was awarded the prestigious 'Laureus World Sportsman of 2011' award in London. His acceptance speech was gracious: "Thank you for this great award. I am beyond words to describe how I feel tonight. Just to be in the same room with the world’s greatest athletes, whom I will allow myself to call “LEGENDS of the sport“ is a great honour and privilege. Well, then, you can imagine how honored I feel right now to be entitled to hold this award, and to be called the World’s sportsman of the year. This award means a lot to me, my team, my family, and my fans around the world. I will use this opportunity to thank the Laureus Foundation for doing a great job around the world. Sport is indeed an inspiration and motivation to many of us, the language we all understand and love. I hope that my example can send a powerful message to all the kids around the world. I was also a kid who grew up in a poor country, torn apart with war, kid who dared to dream about becoming the world’s best athlete. And yet, I stand here in front of you tonight, with this special and dear award, and hope that each kid dares to dream, and choses this path that I chose. Sport is something that every society should nurture, and this is what Laureus stands for. I will make sure on my side that the message is conveyed and that sport stays as pure as it is today. Thank you for considering me for this award, and for honoring me to take it home with me tonight". He attended with his long-term girlfriend, Jelena Ristic and had his photo taken with the British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Djokovic Wins the Australian Open 2012, Pics

This news may be a few days old, but is as golden as it gets in tennis. Novak Djokovic won his fifth Grand Slam title and third Australian Open title on Sunday after a mentally exhausting 5 hour 53 minute match (the longest ever in AO history). The result was 5-7 6-4 6-2 6-7 7-5. The last, deciding set looked to be in favour for Rafael Nadal, when the score was almost 5-2 to him, but Nole broke back to level it out and serve on 4-3, where he gained the momentum he flashed at us in the second and third sets.
Novak Djokovic shakes hands behind the scenes with Rod Laver.
A brief hug between the two drained finalists, who needed chairs to sit on whilst waiting for the awards ceremony.
Nole in a stance we're being all too accustomed to, beside the 'Melbourne' logo, holding the grand slam trophy.
He points to the duration of the match, which made Australian Open history. The two men fought relentlessly throughout the match. "I think [it] comes out on the top because, just the fact, that we played almost six hours is incredible. I'm very proud just to be part of this history, part of the elite players that have won this tournament several times. I was very flattered to be playing in front of Rod Laver in front of the all time greats, and in front of 15,000 people that stayed until 1:30 a.m".
Nole tore his shirt off with his bare hands and went straight to his box, where some of the most important men to his game were hugging and crying!
Nole kisses the Australian Open trophy after having managed to defend his title over a tiring but exciting two weeks in Melbourne. Upon receiving the trophy, he commended Rafa and said, "Rafa, you're one of the best players ever, one of the most respected players on tour. We made history tonight; unfortunately there couldn't be two winners tonight. I wish you all the best for this season and I hope that we will have many more finals like this".
The Serb the day after, posing with his trophy.
Nole getting the security and fan attraction treatment.
A classic shot of Nole holding his trophy that is worthy of summarising his victory and efforts at the tournament this year. It can only be onwards and upwards from here!