Novak Took Monte Carlo From Nadal

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.

Davis Cup: Serbia Is In The Semifinals

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.

Novak Djokovic Reaches Semi-finals In Dubai

World No. 1 and three-time champion Novak Djokovic will play fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals on Friday.

Djokovic was in sensational form against seventh seed Andreas Seppi during the evening session, winning the first seven games in 28 minutes. Djokovic, who ran out a 6-0, 6-3 victor in 64 minutes, is now on a 16-match winning streak dating back to early November. It was also his 10th straight win over Seppi.

Djokovic is trying to win in Dubai for the fourth time in five years and has a 7-2 record against Del Potro, including their last three matches, but expects a tough test on Friday.

“Del Potro is a fantastic player,” said the Serb. “He’s very powerful and has a great serve. He likes this court, plays very aggressive, so I’ll have to be on top of my game” said Djokovic.

Novak: I Am Mentally Fresh

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will return to the ATP World Tour at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships this week. But the World No. 1 knows that he has his work cut out.

“It’s one of the toughest tournaments on the ATP World Tour, because of the fields over the past 10 years,” said Djokovic on Sunday. “It is very well known for top players coming here and playing their best. I won it three times in a row. I feel great here and have a lot of support from Serbians.”

Novak will need to play five matches in five days if he is to capture his fourth Dubai crown. He plays his friend Viktor Troicki in the first round on Tuesday.

“The fact that I haven’t played an official match since Davis Cup means that I am fresh mentally and ready for a strong week”, said Djokovic.

Djokovic Helping Children With Special Needs

Best tennis player in the world Novak Djokovic visited Elementary school for children with special needs “Anton Skala” in Belgrade and made a 5,5 million dinars donation, which will be used to renew the schoolyard.

Accompanied by his girlfriend Jelena and mother Dijana, Novak Djokovic used the opportunity to spend time with the kids who organized a special play in his honor.

“It is my pleasure as president of the foundation to be able to help out in realizing this project which was proclaimed by UNESCO back in 2009 as best of its kind in the world. I am glad that the kids will be able to play and develop in a new schoolyard, but also spend time there with their peers, being that there are many other schools in this neighborhood”, said Djokovic.

School principal Igor Raicevic thanked the world’s best tennis player and vividly described the significance of his visit.
“The donation you made can be measured, but the pleasure and significance of you playing with these children is not possible to measure and I thank you for that with all my heart”, said Raicevic.

Novak Chatting With Chinese Fans

In order to be closer to his Chinese fans, Novak Djokovic launched his Sina Weibo profile in January. After winning the Australian Open and leading Serbia into the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals, the world no.1 chatted with his Chinese fans through the most popular free instant messaging service in China – QQ.

Q: Have you ever thought about breaking Federer’s record of 17 Grand Slams?

Novak: I didn’t necessarily think about breaking his record, but I definitely thought of winning more GSs.

Q: Many fans were very interested in your final match which was against Murray, do you think the duel between you and Murray could replace the duel between Federer and Nadal?

Novak: Maybe, but it doesn’t have to replace it because Murray and me, we have quite different rivalry than Roger and Rafa. So our matches just add one more interesting rivalry on tour.

Q: You teach me a lot about tennis and life, and you’re like my role model. Can you tell me how do you handle difficulties and challenges in your life and career?

Novak: Thank you! That’s really inspiring to hear. Handling difficult situations is never easy, I always try to be positive and believe that I can overcome them. There is no recipe for it unfortunately.

Q: Nole, which GS is most important in your mind this year? AO, Wimbledon or Roland Garros?

Novak: This year it’s all about RG! But, I wouldn’t mind winning all 3 🙂

Q: How do you relax when you feel tired? How do you motivate yourself?

Novak: I relax with my girlfriend and friends. We walk in the nature, read books, cook. Being surrounded with people who love me is very important to me, they give me back the energy when I’m tired or down.

Q: Hi, Nole. May you win the championship in Melbourne. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Novak: Thank you! In 10 years? Hmm, I see myself as a father 🙂

Q: Did your design your shirt for games by yourself or just pick them from the Uniquo?

Novak: We do it together, they suggest me couple of options and then we talk about which one I like the most and they try to work around that. Uniqlo is doing amazing work so far! Do you like my game wear?

Q: Dear Nole! Can you swim? Which one is your style: breaststroke, front crawl, butterfly or backstroke?

Novak: Yeah, I can swim. I learned when I was little and can do all styles.

Serbian Tennis National Team Goes To Davis Cup Quarterfinals

Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki managed to win third, decisive point for Serbia’s Davis Cup team and led the country to quarterfinals after beating Begian duo Steve Darcis/Ruben Bemelmans with 6:4, 6:4, 5:7, 6:4.

Viktor Troicki won the first point for Serbia yesterday, managing to beat Goffin with 3:2 in sets after a marathon match. Novak Djokovic took the second point after easily beating Olivier Rochus.

Serbia’s opponent in the match for semifinals will be either USA or Brasil.

Novak Djokovic Prince Of Australia

Novak Djokovic has created history by winning his third straight Australian Open title, overpowering Andy Murray in a tense four-set final in Rod Laver Arena.

The world No 1 wore down Murray 6-7 (1-7) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 6-2 in a three-hour, 40-minute war of attrition to become the first man to complete an Australian Open hat-trick in the 45-year professional era.

The tight, back-and-forth match turned in the seventh game of the third set, when Djokovic earned the first break of the match. After closing out the third set, he broke again in the third game of the fourth set and cruised home from there.

“What a joy. It’s an incredible feeling to win this trophy again. This is definitely my favorite grand slam. I love this tournament. I love this court. I have to congratulate Andy and thank him. We have played so many great matches in the last two years. Bad luck for tonight but I wish you best of luck for the season.” Djokovic said.

The 25-year-old Serb joins Roger Federer and Andre Agassi — on hand to present the winner’s trophy — as the only men with four titles in the Open era. He has six major titles overall.

Only two other men in history – American Jack Crawford (1931-33) and Australian Roy Emerson (1963-67) have won three or more consecutive Australian championships.

Novak In Australian Open Finals

World number one Novak Djokovic is one step away from the historical success, third consecutive title at the Australian Open, after he beat David Ferrer in the semifinals.

Djokovic was simply on a different level to the Spaniard, reeling off a staggering 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 1hr 29min in front of a stunned Rod Laver Arena crowd.

Djokovic will now be considered the raging favorite to win his fourth Australian title in Sunday’s decider against either Roger Federer or Andy Murray, who play their semi-final on Friday.

“I played incredible tennis and I felt very comfortable and very confident from the start,” Djokovic said. “I wanted to be aggressive on the court but this is definitely one of the best performances I’ve ever had in my career.”

Novak will remain world number one in tennis after the Australian Open, regardless of the outcome in the finals.

Novak Djokovic Named Best Balkan Athlete

For the second time in a row, Novak Djokovic has been elected best sportsman in the Balkans. Olympic champion Milica Mandic is also among the top ten.

Djokovic was proclaimed best sportsman in the Balkans for the second year in a row in the traditional poll by the Bulgarian News Agency (BTA).

World number one Novak Djokovic won the title convincingly with 94 points, ahead of track and field athletes, Turkish Asli Cakir Alptekin (75) and Sandra Perkovic from Croatia (74).

Olympic champion in taekwondo Milica Mandic was another Serbian representative among the best ten athletes in the Balkans, with 38 points.

10 national news agencies from the region took part in the poll. Serbia was represented by the news agency Tanjug.