Novak Djokovic cemented his place at the top of men’s tennis by outlasting Rafael Nadal in a two-set finals at ATP tournament in Monte Carlo.
The world number one beat Spaniard with the score 6:2, 7:6 (6:1)
“I cannot ask for a better start to my clay season. I did not know if I was going to be a part of the tournament this year. I made a decision to play, right now, it’s the best decision of my life,” said Djokovic.
Eight-times champion Rafael Nadal had to admit that Djokovic is world number one with a reason.
“Congratulations Novak, what you’re doing is just amazing. Congratulations to you for winning my favourite tournament,” Nadal said at the presentation ceremony. “Thank you very much all my team for supporting me, the last year was especially hard for me so without them and without the support of all of you – all the messages I received during that time – was very positive energy for me” Nadal said.
In the semifinals Nadal was given a fight by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the Spaniard won 6-3 7-6 but Djokovic was dominant in a 6-2 6-1 thrashing of Italian showman Fabio Fognini.
Football player of Italian Sampdoria Nenad Krsticic said that he cannot forgive the city rival Genoa’s player Matuzalem for causing ligament damage to his left ankle on Sunday at the two clubs’ match. Due to injury, Serbian player will probably have to undergo surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.
“I will not forgive Matuzalem for that tackle. Such tackles are made to hurt a player, just as Matuzalem already did before. I’ll wait for him next year, if he’s still in Serie A”, said bitter Krsticic to Italian media.
“After that match he came into the locker room to ask how I was but that was it. He didn’t even apologize. He even smiled. After the match I got a lot of messages of support, but non from Genoa”, added Krsticic.
Earlier this season, Matuzalem seriously injured Cristian Brocchi of Lazio, also refusing to apologize later.
Dozens of people have run yesterday in Belgrade to express solidary with the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Milan Miletic, one of the organizers, says “there should be no violence in sports because it should unite people and overcome borders.”
The race — dubbed “Boston We Are With You” — was organized Tuesday through social networking sites.
The participants ran past the ruins of government buildings destroyed during the NATO air war that forced Serbia to relinquish control of its former province of Kosovo. The runners paused by the American embassy, where they left a message of support.
US Ambassador in Serbia Michael D. Kirby expressed appreciation for this gesture.
“This is very kind of you, if we remember all that has happened in Serbia. And people are still thinking of us, which is very, very nice,” says Kirby.
Novak Djokovic who survived a scary ankle twist during the first set led Serbia to the Davis Cup semi finals with a four sets win over Sam Querrey. World No.1 beat Querrey 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-0 in 2:35h, and that was his second point of the weekend for Serbia. In the first match he defeated John Isner.
Serbian team entered the final day with a 2-1 lead after Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac outlasted the No. 1 ranked team of Bob and Mike Bryan yesterday 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13.
“I am happy I managed to play the whole match,” Djokovic said. “I played really well in the third and fourth set. I am sorry for team USA but it was a thrilling weekend for all of us,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic said he probably wouldn’t have finished the match if it wasn’t a Davis Cup competition.
“I hope I didn’t make it worse,” he said. “If I wasn’t playing for Serbia and didn’t have my team watching me I don’t know if I would have continued.”
It is the second win for Serbia in four years over the 32-time titlist USA. In their only other previous Davis Cup encounter Serbia defeated the Americans in Belgrade in 2010.
Serbia will play against Canada in September’s semifinals.
Best tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic said in Boise in Idaho that none of his individual successes cannot be compared to playing for Serbia and victories he won for the national team.
“Winning Wimbledon or becoming No. 1 in the world is great, but winning the Davis Cup for your country is not comparable to anything else in your career,” Djokovic said. “Rankings really don’t matter in Davis Cup. This is very unique.”
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will once again lead Serbia into battle having been nominated to play in the World Group quarterfinal against USA on 5-7 April.
The Serbian was the first name on captain Bogdan Obradovic’s list and he will be backed up by Viktor Troicki in singles, who is likely to team up with Nenad Zimonjic in doubles. The fourth member of the Serbian side is No. 338 Ilija Bozoljac.
According to the analysis of the respectable sports website givemefootball.com, the captain of the 19-times English champion Nemanja Vidic is among the best 11 players of Manchester United coached by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Beside him, the ideal team includes the goalkeeper – Peter Schmeichel, right back – Gary Neville, left back – Dennis Irwin, centre back – Rio Ferdinand, right midfield – Cristiano Ronaldo, left midfield – Ryan Giggs, centre midfield – Paul Scholes, other centre midfield – Eric Cantona, strikers Wayne Rooney and Ruud Van Nistelrooy.
31-year-old Nemanja Vidic has played 260 games in his six years in Man United, scoring 19 goals.
Day after Serbia’s victory over Scotland in qualifications for World cup in Brazil 2014, there has been more talk about the Scottish fans than the home team’s victory.
“Lesson to Serbian fans”, “Scots with a big heart”, are only some of the headlines in Serbian press and internet news sites.
Cheerful group of several hundred Scots, popular soldiers of “The Tartan Army” has been greeted and sent off with an applause at the stadium in Novi Sad, town in the north of Serbia where the game was played yesterday. Their gestures such as helping to clean the snow from the football pitch and money donation to children without parents caused numerous positive comments on the social networks as well.
Everyone agrees: Serbian fans should copy the Scots’ behavior!
The general impression is that Serbian fans are hoping Serbia is going to be in the group with Scotland in the next qualifications as well. Their happy and honest fan spirit will always be welcome in Serbia.
The World Series of Poker (WSOP), one of the most coveted international tournaments in poker, will again commence on 29 May all the way to 15 July 2013. The prestigious poker championship will convene over at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The 2013 WSOP will be conducting “62 events offering players around the world a chance to become an instant icon of the game,” as reported by Andrew Feldman of ESPN.com.
Serbia may get to be represented for this year’s tournament who’s WSOP Main Event is highly considered as the World Championship of Poker. Serbians have a high chance of seeing professional players like Ognjen Sekularac, Perica Bukara, Djorde Jovanovic, and Vladimir Bozinovic, all of whom are part of the top 10 highest earning players of the country. In fact Vladimir Bozinovic has recently risen in ranks, thanks to his surprising yet proud win over at the World Poker Tour Baden last 24 February 2013 in Casino Baden, Vienna.
“During the WPT Baden final table build up, the poker world was getting excited over the possibility of a WPT Triple Crown for Marvin Rettenmaier. All the talk was of the mercurial German. But Day Four saw the emergence of a new star. A Serbian superstar. For large periods of Day Four Vladimir Bozinovic tore the field apart. So he would have been grateful that Rettenmaier was carrying all of the pressure into the final table,” according to WorldPokerTour.com’s Live Tournament Updates. Online gaming leader partypoker is in partnership with both the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. The gaming website provides for qualifier rounds for its online members, the winner of which gets an expense paid trip to any WPT event that will be taking place, or in this case, a slot at the WSOP events.
Given that recent proud achievement for the Balkan nations, it will be likely that players like Bozinovic, will try their hand at the poker world’s highest honour, and that is grabbing a WSOP event bracelet. As reported by Feldman “The WSOP main event will take place from July 6 until July 15 when the final table of nine will be reached. Similar to 2012, there will be three starting days and three Day 2s before the field comes together on July 11 for Day 3. The November Nine format will return once again in 2013 with the final table scheduled for Nov. 4-5. The final table will be broadcast on ESPN.”
The World Series of Poker is a run of poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas, USA. Since 2005, the prestigious affair has been sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. It features 62 events with most major poker variants represented. Competitors vie for a multi-million dollar cash prize and one of the 62 main event bracelets, considered nowadays as the most in demand award a poker player can win. The declared victor of the WSOP Main Event is considered to be the World Champion of Poker.
Scottish fans who came to Serbia to watch the football match between Serbia and their country truly astonished their Serbian hosts.
Known for avoiding incidents and fair support, these fantastic fans have gone the extra mile in Serbia.
First, they helped clean snow that fell this morning, covering the stadium where the game will be played tonight, and then the group of them, members of the humanitarian organization “Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal” presented a children’s home with a donation.
Scottish fans were proclaimed for best fans of the 1992 European championship, as well as 1998 World championship. They received the recognition from the Belgian Olympic committee after qualifications for 2002 World championship, as well as many other awards, and they are known for their humanitarian work, and promoting fair-play.
National football team of Serbia is playing a qualifier game for 2014 Brazil world championship tonight against the national team of Scotland in Novi Sad, town in the north of Serbia at 20.30.
This is Serbia’s last chance of remaining in line for the ticket to Brazil, because only victories until the end of qualifications give Serbia chance to qualify. Serbia also needs for Belgium and Croatia to lose in all their remaining games.
Serbian coach Sinisa Mihajlovic believes in his young team.
“I expect that we will play well against Scotland, and when we play the way we can, then we can beat any rival”, said Mihajlovic.