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Djokovic Ousted By Federer In Monte Carlo

Roger Federer beat an injured Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 to set up an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final with Stanislas Wawrinka after the Australian Open champion ousted David Ferrer 6-1 7-6 (3) on Saturday. Holder Djokovic resisted for one set before pain in his right wrist was just too much to bear for the second-seeded Serb who bowed out on the first match point after one hour 14 minutes.

Novak Djokovic Injury: Updates on Tennis Star's Wrist and Return

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is a threat to win each and every time he steps on the court, but the spectacular Serb will be out of action for the foreseeable future. According to The Associated Press , he intends to rest a troublesome wrist injury. "I cannot play tennis for some time. How long, I don't know," Djokovic said. The ailment has seemingly been pestering Djoker for quite a while ...

Tennis-Djokovic out for "some time" with wrist injury

Novak Djokovic said on Saturday he would not be able to play tennis "for some time" after being hampered by a wrist injury at the Monte Carlo Masters. The Serbian second seed was knocked out 7-5 6-2 by former world number one Roger Federer in the semi-finals, being clearly bothered by his sore right wrist -- a problem he has been suffering from for 10 days. "The good thing is I don't need to ...

Novak Djokovic faces spell out with wrist injury

Six-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic faces an anxious wait to see how long his right-wrist injury will keep him away from tennis. Djokovic lost his Monte Carlo Masters title on Saturday after being beaten by Roger Federer in the semifinal, where the Serb played with heavy strapping on his right wrist and was unable to serve or return to his usual level. It's really not in my hands anymore ...

Roger Federer knocks out defending champ Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo

Roger Federer ousted defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 to advance to his first final at the Monte Carlo Masters since 2008. Federer, who took a last-minute wildcard into the first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the season, took control of the match late in the first set after saving two set points at 5-6.

Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer, Monte-Carlo Masters 2014: Where to Watch Live and Preview

Defending champion Novak Djokovic takes on World No 4 Roger Federer in the semi-final of the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters at the Court Central in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France, on Saturday. Djokovic dropped his first set in the Monte-Carlo Masters this year against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his quarterfinal clash on Friday. Meanwhile, Federer too lost his first set of the tournament and was nearly ...

Novak Djokovic vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez: Score, Recap from Monte-Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic continued his title defense at the 2014 Monte-Carlo Masters on Friday, surviving an early scare to eliminate Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and advance to the semifinals.  Nole’s dominance over his Spanish opponent wasn’t quite apparent at the start in this quarterfinal battle, as he struggled to keep the ball in play and committed a number of errors. However ...

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My book "Serve to Win" is getting a lot of attention worldwide and I'm hearing a...

My book "Serve to Win" is getting a lot of attention worldwide and I'm hearing a lot of positive feedback. Did you have a chance to read it? I would love to hear what you think!

Moja knjiga "Serviraj za pobedu" dobija jako dobre kritike sirom sveta i vec je prevedena na mnoge jezike, i to me cini jako srecnim. Da li ste i vi imali priliku da je procitate?

Posted on 6 April 2014

My team at Novak Djokovic Foundation made this video to spread the important mes...

My team at Novak Djokovic Foundation made this video to spread the important message about sport on this day. We invite you to join us, play sports, promote fair play and healthy lifestyle! Share this video and help us reach many people world wide! http://goo.gl/Kh7ty9

Pomozite nam da dopremo do sto vise ljudi i pozovemo ih da se bave sportom! Sport za razvoj i mir, fer plej i zdravlje! Podelite sa sto vise ljudi ovaj video! Hvala vam :)


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Posted on 6 April 2014

Today is the International day of sport for peace and development. Viktor and I...

Today is the International day of sport for peace and development. Viktor and I raise white shirts as white flag on tennis court as a symbol of peace. Sport brings us joy, passion, health and love! Hope many of you will celebrate this wonderful day.

Danas je internacionalni dan sporta za mir i razvoj. Viktor i ja smo podigli bele majice na treningu kao bele zastave koje simbolizuju mir. Sport nam donosi puno radosti, ushicenja, zdravlja i ljubavi. Zelim vam da svi lepo provedete ovaj dan - u miru, zdravlju i sreci. Cc Novak Djokovic Foundation

Posted on 6 April 2014

Posted on 31 March 2014

This little girl's name is Carla Sofia and she is a true HERO. She has Spina Bif...

This little girl's name is Carla Sofia and she is a true HERO. She has Spina Bifida, but that doesn't stop her from playing tennis and from being my fan :) today we played tennis together! Every day we learn and experience something new. Today she confirmed to me something i always repeat to myself in tough moments- Never give up!

Ova devojcica se zove Sofija i za mene, ona je pravi heroj. Iako je paralizovana od struka na dole i koristi samo jednu ruku, zbog teske bolesti Spina Bifida, to je nije sprecilo da zaigra tenis i bude moj fan :) danas smo se druzili na terenu i igrali tenis zajedno :) svakog dana ucimo i sticemo nova iskustva. Danas mi je Sofija potrvrdila svojim primerom nesto sto uvek sebi ponavljam kad je tesko - nikada se ne predajte!

Posted on 23 March 2014

After winning the IW trophy i went with my team to San Francisco to visit Google...

After winning the IW trophy i went with my team to San Francisco to visit Google campus. I wish i had more time to spend there because the place is huge and incredible. Nevertheless, i had a lot of fun and enjoyed every moment! Highlight of the visit: playing tennis with Google Glass.
And now is Miami time :)
PS. Thanks for your support!!!!

Posle pobede u IW sam otisao sa timom u San Francisko da posetimo Google kampus. Nismo imali bas puno vremena za razgledanje ali sam uzivao u svakom trenutku i svim inovacijama. Najvise su mi se svidele Google naocare, pa sam probao i da igram tenis sa njima :)
A sada je vreme za Majami! Hvala na podrsci!!!

Posted on 20 March 2014

Posted on 18 March 2014

So, as you can see…there are a lot of things happening on and off the court for...

So, as you can see…there are a lot of things happening on and off the court for us players. I gotta go now! And my ladies, I wish you a very happy Women's day!

I kao sto ste mogli da primetite, dosta se toga desava van terena za nas igrace. Ali sad moram da idem nazad na posao! Moje dame, zelim vam divan dan zena!

Posted on 8 March 2014

There is always a lot of joking when shooting a commercial for HEAD Tennis :) th...

There is always a lot of joking when shooting a commercial for HEAD Tennis :) they always come up with some fantastic ideas and bring entertainment to tennis. You remember my previous commercials? With Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova, on the wings of a plane...? did you like them? Stay tuned to see what we have next :)

Head uvek ima brdo sjajnih ideja za reklame... I uvek se dosta zabavim na snimanju a i rezultat vrednog rada je zabavan i za vas, nadam se :) Secate se svih onih smesnih reklama sa Andijem, Marijom, na krilima aviona...? E pa cekajte da vidite sta vam sad spremamo :)

Posted on 8 March 2014

I always try to contribute to the charitable causes and help raise awareness and...

I always try to contribute to the charitable causes and help raise awareness and funds for the ones in need. For many years I support Desert Smash and this year Kevin Spacey, Will Ferrell and Rebel Wilson along with my fellow tennis players Stan, Ana, Bob and Mike and others joined to help,too :) We all enjoyed and gave our best to entertain the crowd :)

Uvek se trudim da pomognem humanitarnim organizacijama da podignemo svest o problemu i prikupimo neophodan novac kako bi se taj problem resio. Ove godine sam ponovo podrzao Desert Smash egzibiciju u Indian Wells-u i imao sam sjajno drustvo i svi smo se super zabavili :)

Posted on 8 March 2014

My first stop after Dubai was NY. There I visited Colombia Law School and shared...

My first stop after Dubai was NY. There I visited Colombia Law School and shared some of my life experience with students. It was a very unique experience and I hope to come back again! It was really good to see my friend Mario Ancic too, in totally different outfit and surrounding :) #CLS

Moja prva stanica posle Dubaija je bio NY. Svratio sam do Columbia Law School i podelio svoje zivotno iskustvo sa studentima koji su bili sjajni. Bilo je to vrlo posebno iskustvo za mene i voleo bih da se ponovo vratim tamo. I naravno, bilo mi je veliko zadovoljstvo da vidim ponovo svog prijatelja Maria Ancica, ovog puta u drugacijoj opremi :)

Posted on 8 March 2014

I've been fairly busy this week. Sorry for not being so active here… I've been w...

I've been fairly busy this week. Sorry for not being so active here… I've been working on court really hard and in between practices i had a lot of commitments with sponsors and I was also doing some charity work - so i didn't have time to update you. Before I head to another practice, I will upload couple of photo albums for you to see my adventures :)

Nisam vam puno pisao ove nedelje jer sam imao dosta, dosta obaveza izmedju treninga. Malo humanitarnih aktivnosti, malo sponzorskih obaveza, malo medijskih obaveza..sve se to nakupi i na kraju sam odlucio da je najbolje da postavim par foto albuma sa slikama koje su obelezile ovu nedelju. Pa odoh na trening ponovo :)

Posted on 8 March 2014

Posted on 26 February 2014

Boris, Marko, Charlie and I went to the Inflight Dubai centre after practice as...

Boris, Marko, Charlie and I went to the Inflight Dubai centre after practice as part of the ATP activity :) I don't know if I would ever find time for something like this if it wasn't for ATP World Tour to organise it :) it was so much fun!!! Like jumping from the plane! Great experience! Thanks ATP and Inflight Dubai. Also, big thank you to HH Shiekh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, for welcoming me to his private wind tunnel :)

Jedna od mojih obaveznih aktivnosti u sklopu promocije turnira u Dubaiju je bila poseta Inflight Dubai centru. Otisao sam sa bratom, Borisom i Carlijem posle treninga i super smo se proveli. Da mi ovo nije bila obeveza, ne znam kada bih nasao vremena za ovakvu nesvakidasnju aktivnost ali sam srecan sto smo otisli :) Kazu da je ovako nesto najslicnije skakanju iz aviona.Novo lepo iskustvo :) Posto je ovo privatni centar u vlasnistvu seika Dubaija, i njemu veliko hvala na gostoprimstvu :)

Posted on 22 February 2014

Hello my friends! On my way to Dubai I stopped by Geneva to visit my cousins and...

Hello my friends! On my way to Dubai I stopped by Geneva to visit my cousins and friends. Here we are at the beautiful stadium of FC Servette. My childhood friend Neven Markovic (on my right side) is playing for them and tomorrow at 19:45 I'll come to watch their game. So happy for my friend! He cheered for me many times, and now i get to see him play live and not on live stream, aaaand you know how much i love football :)

Na putu za Dubai sam svratio na kratko do Zeneve da posetim tetku i mog najboljeg druga Nevena. Ovde smo na stadionu FK Servette koji je prelep i moze da primi oko 30000 ljudi. Neven igra za njih i sutra cu ici da gledam njihovu utakmicu oko 7:45pm. Bas sam ponosan na mog druga i jedva cekam da navijam za njega uzivo kao sto je on mnogo puta do sada za mene :)

Posted on 16 February 2014

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Match Thread: Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic (Mens Final, BNP Paribas Open 2014)

BNP Paribas Open 2014 - Final

(7) Roger Federer vs (2) Novak Djokovic


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Federer Djokovic
Head-to-head 17-15 15-17
  • Highlights of their previous meeting in Dubai this year

  • Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer go head-to-head for the 33rd time in the final of the 39th edition of the BNP Paribas Open.

  • Federer, who at 32 is trying to become the oldest ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titlist since Andre Agassi (34) in Cincinnati in 2004.

  • Federer is bidding for an unprecedented fifth title at Indian Wells. The Swiss leads the way in the desert with a tournament-high four titles to his name (2012, ‘06, ‘05, ‘04).

  • Djokovic is seeking a third BNP Paribas Open crown (2008, ‘11).

  • Djokovic will remain at No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings no matter today’s result. Federer, on the other hand, will rise from No. 8 to No. 5 and to No. 4 if he wins the title. The last time Federer ranked in the top 4 was on June 24, 2013 when he came into Wimbledon at No. 3.

  • This will be the 33rd meeting between Federer and Djokovic, which will tie for sixth in the list of ‘Most Open Era Match-Ups’. The pair has met 32 times in total (17-15 Federer) - 25 times on hard courts (Federer 13-12); six times on clay (Tied 3-3); and once on grass (1-0 Federer).


All times listed are GMT, unless otherwise stated

9:11PM: Federer to serve.

  • FIRST SET

9:14PM : Federer hits a nice backhand and follows up with some crisp forehands to get to game point. Novak fires a service return winner to get to 40-30, but Federer manages to hold. 1-0*.

9:17PM : BREAK! A ball lands nicely on Novak's baseline, followed by a wayward forehand by Novak gives 0-30 to Federer. Federer sprays a point and nets two more to give Novak his first game point. A double fault by Novak brings his service game to a deuce. Djokovic commands the next point to get to advantage, but then proceeds to net a routine forehand to get to deuce 2. Novak squanders another game point with a double fault. Federer gets a break point with a good volley at the net. Federer takes it to break! *2-0

9:23PM : Federer is hitting some sweet shots making Novak run off the court and gets to 40-15 easily. He holds with a nice serve volley and smash combination! 3-0*

9:26PM : Novak serves another double fault at the dismay to tournament owner Larry Ellison. However Novak proceeds to hold quite comfortably. *3-1

9:31PM : Federer holds serve easily with inch perfect ground strokes that Novak is forced to hit long. Even though Novak hits a brilliant return winner, Federer hits an amazing winner after showing his speed and flexibility. 4-1*

9:34PM : Novak gets to 40-0 after hitting some nice strokes and a Federer error, followed by a Federror shank (r). *4-2

9:37PM : Both players are hitting some amazing winners so far, and it's Novak's turn on Federer's first point. It gets to 30-30 when Federer double faults for the first time. That is followed by an ace and then another unreturnable first serve to get Federer through the game. 5-2*

9:38PM : Novak is serving with new balls. Federer hits another winner off Novak's serve. Another Federer winner takes the game to 30-30, and then Federer misses a volley to give Novak game point. Novak takes it with a good first serve. *5-3.

9:42PM : Federer races to 30-0 as stats show Federer's serve is above 70%. Triple set point is followed after another easy point, then Federer takes it! 6-3

First set statistics.

  • SECOND SET

9:48PM : Novak seems a little on edge, but he soon shows that he isn't when he hits a brilliant angled cross court winner. That is followed by another cross court angled forehand, which Federer can only hit long. Novak looking to make a strong start in the second set, but Federer fires a forehand winner to get the game to 40-30. Novak serves it out with a strong first serve. *0-1

9:52PM : Federer seemingly looks like holding his serve with ease after a couple solid forehands, but Federer gifts Novak two points to 30-30. The game gets to deuce after Novak hits a long forehand followed by a netted stroke from Federer. Federer's serve looks all over the place compared to the 1st set, and he is gifted a game point at advantage when Novak's fires a backhand down the line long. Another wide backhand gives Federer the game. 1-1*

Federer serve direction so far.

9:55PM : Novak is serving well so far this set, au contraire to Federer. Federer is gifting Novak points with some wayward strokes. Novak follows up with a good first serve to close the game. *1-2

10:00PM : Federer has gone off the boil, as he visibly hitting the ball worse than ever for his current form. Novak is making Federer work for his points and gets to 15-30. A tremendous rally ends in a Novak netted backhand after he seemingly looked in control, luckily for Federer. Federer holds after a good first serve and a Novak return that flies out. 2-2*

10:03PM : Federer wins the first point of Novak's service game, but Novak is quickly able to get to 40-15 after hitting some very accurate ground strokes. Novak holds after forcing Federer to mishit a backhand. *2-3

10:06PM : Federer is looking to get his forehand back into form after finding some nice angles on his first point. Some mixed play from both players takes the game to 30-30. Federer arrives at a game point, but Novak is hitting some heavy accurate strokes, and that allows him to take the game to deuce. Some literally insane backhands allows him to hold including one particularly elegant masterpiece worth of Federer. 3-3*

10:14PM : Federer gets first point of Novak's game, but hands Novak the next two as he is trying to force to issue. The match tickles over the 1 hour mark, with the game reaching 30-30. Novak is having none of it, as he hits some heavy forehands to Federer's backhand to get a game point. Novaks hits long to take the game to deuce. Federer returns the favor with a wide forehand service return. Novak proceeds to hold after Federer hits a short return. *3-4

10:17PM : BREAK! Federer is serving with new balls. Novak is trying to show how he can up his levels, as he gets to 15-30 on a weak looking Federer serve. Novak is looking in control as he gets a chance at 2 break points. Federer saves one break point. But after some insane Novak defense, he somehow wins the rally to break! 3-5*

10:23PM : Federer gets to 0-30 on Novak's serve as he looks to break back. A brilliant cross court Novak forehand creates an angle too good for Federer. Federer nets the next point, taking the game to 30-30. Novak comes up with an ace at a crucial time to give himself set point. Then he takes the set after some nice defense and a Federer error. 3-6

2nd set statistics.

  • FINAL SET

10:30PM : Federer looks to hold with ease after he finds a few first serves and forehands. Federer still has game point after netting after a long rally. Federer double faults to take the game to deuce. Rallies are starting to favor Novak after he is getting everything Federer has to offer back into play. The Novak pressure is seeminly getting to Federer as he nets yet another forehand. But Federer hits a forehand winner and manages to dodge a bullet by holding serve. 1-0*

10:37PM : The level of tennis being played is starting to get ridiculous. Novak doesn't look like losing these long rallies, and after some good serving, he gets to two game points with ease. The game goes to deuce after Federer makes Novak net a forehand. Some strong hitting from Novak allows him to hold. *1-1

10:42PM : BREAK! It quickly gets to 15-30 on Federer's serve as Novak anticipates Federer's movement and forehands. Federer double faults to give Novak 2 break points. He saves the second with a brilliant cross court forehand winner. Novak is playing like a man possessed, with some crazy defense. He conjurs up another break point, but Federer aces back to deuce. Some more amazing defense gives Novak a break point, and he takes it after an amazing return forces Federer to spray wide. 1-2*

10:48PM : It gets to 30-30 on Novak's serve. Novak's great defense allows to him hold rather easily as Federer shanks a few points. *1-3

10:50PM : Nothing to say here, except some exquisite points from Federer gives him a love service game! 2-3*

10:55PM : Novak is serving well and is covering the base line surpremely, which gives him the game to love. *2-4

10:57PM : The match intensity has lowered a bit as rallies are much shorter, but Novak and Federer are still both hitting the ball brutally. However, Federer manages to hold comfortably to 15. 3-4*

11:03PM : Novak is reading Federer all too well, it seems. Pin point accuracy. A odd double fault in the game makes it 15-15. A massive forehand return from Federer takes it 15-30. A Federer chip just about lands wide to give Novak a point. The kick second serve is bothering Federer, giving Novak easy points in return. Then follows an amazing point by Novak to hold. *3-5

11:05PM : Federer has found his first serves again, and he races to 40-0. Federer easily holds again after a sublime cross court half volley winner. 4-5*

11:10PM : BREAK! So it's Novak to serve for the Championship then! But is he? Federer quickly gets to 0-30 after some crisp forehands, making Novak stretch. After some more sublime inventive shots, Federer gets to 0-40! Novak saves the first with a brilliant forehand. However, Federer screams in delight as he simply raises to another level with some brilliant returns. *5-5

11:14PM : Federer suddenly can't miss! Some brilliant strokes here from Federer, getting him to 40-0. The crowd is absolutely loving the come back and the amazing tennis. Federer holds after Novak hits a forehand long! 6-5*

11:15PM : It's all too calm, as the match inevitably heads into a final set tiebreaker! 6-6. Players receive an additional challenge.

  • TIE BREAK

Novak gets a 3-1 lead, and then Federer nets another forehand to give Novak a 4-1 lead. Novak gets to 5-1 before spraying a forehand long to gift a mini break back to Fed, 5-2. Federer gifts Novak another point for 6-2, but then aces to 6-3. Federer nets and Novak wins Indian Wells 6-3, 3-6, 6-7

Match statistics

Cool 3D of Federer's forehand.

PS: You can see when the match was getting tense! Thanks for reading.

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Posted on 16 March 2014

Match Thread: Djokovic vs Wawrinka (Quarterfinal, 2014 Australian Open)

2014 Australian Open - Quarterfinal

(2) Novak Djokovic vs (8) Stanislas Wawrinka


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  • Head-to-head: Djokovic 15 : 2 Wawrinka

  • Djokovic has an active streak of 14 consecutive Grand Slam semifinals

  • Djokovic also has an active match win streak of 28 (Undefeated since losing at the US Open)

  • Wawrinka made it to his first Slam semifinal at the 2013 US Open


  • FIRST SET

7:44PM: Some nice tennis being played already. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

7:49PM: Break! Stan facing the first break point at 15-40 and he sends a forehand way long. Djokovic 4-2.

7:53PM: Djokovic consolidates the break to lead 5-2.

7:59PM: Break! The defending champ breaks again to close out the first set in 31 minutes. Djokovic 6-2.

  • SECOND SET

8:15PM: Djokovic was down triple break point at 0-40, but serves his way out of it. He holds to lead 2-1.

8:30PM: Break! Novak at 30-0, but loses the next four points to drop serve.

That last point had an excellent rally, concluding with a sweet backhand winner down the line. Wawrinka 4-3.

8:40PM: Love game from Novak, with Stan to serve for the second set at 5-4.

8:44PM: This is the first set Djokovic has dropped at this Open, as Stan holds to level the score. Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4.

  • THIRD SET

8:57PM: Break! Wawrinka scores the early break off a Djokovic forced error that sails long. Wawrinka 2-1.

9:03PM: Stan down 0-30 on his serve, but he holds on to lead 3-1.

9:09PM: Break! Novak sends a forehand way long on 30-40 to get broken again in this set. Wawrinka 4-1.

9:14PM: Love game from Djokovic, and now Stan will get a chance to serve for the 3rd set leading 5-2.

9:19PM: The wide serve is unreturnable, and Wawrinka takes a 2 sets to 1 lead over the defending champ.

Nice regroup from Stan, the first set was a bit of a wash but he has certainly stepped it up. Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

  • FOURTH SET

9:41PM: Wawrinka is taken to deuce with a little pressure from Djokovic, but he holds on for 2-2.

9:52PM: Tense 8+ minute game, featuring some nice clutch serving from Wawrinka to hold. 3-3.

9:56PM: Djokovic holds to lead 4-3, on serve.

10:02PM: Break! Wow, insane defense from Djokovic to break when Stan was up 40-0.

The return that landed in the corner to set-up the break point was amazing. Djokovic serving for the set at 5-3.

10:09PM: Novak with some clutch serving of his own, saving 2 break points to even the sets. Djokovic 6-2, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3.

  • FINAL SET

10:22PM: Break! Djokovic draws first blood in the final set, breaking to lead 2-1.

10:26PM: Break! Wawrinka breaks back immediately. Odd game, all of Stan's points were from Djok UEs. 2-2.

10:33PM: Break point for Novak at 30-40: the 33-shot rally ends in an error off his racquet. Stan goes on to hold to lead 3-2.

10:37PM: Very tense out there, Djokovic with another chance to break but it's snuffed out with an ace down the 'T'.

Stan holds on again to lead 4-3, on serve.

11:02PM: Wow, it has started raining in the middle of the Wawrinka service. Play has stopped. (5-5, 40-15)

11:19PM: Possible fatigue setting in for Stan, stretching his legs in between points. 7-7.

11:22PM: Wawrinka holds to lead 8-7, on serve.

11:27PM: Djokovic service (7-8): 30-40, first match point for Wawrinka.

11:28PM: Wawrinka wins (2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7)


11:29PM: Volley on match point goes wide from Djokovic, and Wawrinka knocks out the champion.

11:32PM: Amazing match, just over 4 hours played: Wawrinka will now go on to meet Berdych in the Thursday SF.

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Posted on 21 January 2014

Match Thread: Nadal vs Djokovic (Final, 2013 ATP World Tour Finals)

2013 ATP World Tour Finals - Final

(1) Rafael Nadal vs (2) Novak Djokovic


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  • Head-to-head: Nadal 22 : 16 Djokovic

  • Their 39th meeting, and 6th match in 2013

  • Djokovic is attempting to win his third title here (Champion in '08 and '12)

  • Nadal attempting to win his first title at this tournament (Runner-up in '10)


8:25PM: Djokovic won the toss, and has elected to serve. Players are warming up now, match to begin soon.

  • FIRST SET

8:43PM: Break! Nadal is down 0-40 on his serve quickly, he saves one B.P. but is broken on the next. Djokovic 2-0.

8:55PM: Rafa in trouble again at 30-40, he saves break point and gets his first game on the board. Djokovic 3-1.

9:00PM: Break! Novak sends his backhand well long on his 3rd break point of the game. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

9:08PM: Djokovic holds to lead 4-3, on serve.

9:14PM: Break! Stunning defense from Djokovic on break point, he converts it and will serve for the set at 5-3.

9:20PM: The defending champ takes out the opening set in 44 minutes. Djokovic 6-3.

  • SECOND SET

9:27PM: Rafa was down 0-30 in his opening game, but wins 4 points in a row to hold. Nadal 1-0.

9:33PM: Break! Errors are mounting on the Nadal racquet, as Djokovic breaks with a very nice return at 30-40. Djokovic 2-1.

9:47PM: Djokovic holds serve to lead 4-2.

9:54PM: Nadal in trouble at 15-40, he saves the B.Ps and holds to keep in touch. Djokovic 4-3, still with the break.

9:59PM: Djokovic is now a game away from retaining his title at 5-3.

10:04PM: A championship point at 30-40 is saved by Nadal, and now Djokovic will have a chance to serve it out at 5-4.

10:10PM: Djokovic service (5-4): Adv. Djokovic, ace to bring up a third championship point.

10:11PM: Novak Djokovic is the 2013 ATP World Tour Finals Champion (6-3, 6-4)


10:22PM: Impressive performance from Djokovic today, a few hiccups but always looked the more fluent player.

Nadal concludes his comeback season with the No. 1 ranking, and 10 titles from 14 finals.

Since losing at the US Open, Djokovic has won 4 consecutive titles on a 22-match win streak. And he still has to play in the Davis Cup final (Serbia v. Czech Republic), starting this Friday.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Nadal (Final, 2013 China Open)

2013 China Open - Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (2) Rafael Nadal


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  • Head-to-head: Nadal 22 : 15 Djokovic

  • Their 38th meeting, the most times two men have played against each other in the Open Era

  • Djokovic has never lost at this event (18-0), and looking to win this title for the 4th time

  • Nadal's 13th final out of 14 events played in 2013; he is yet to lose a hard court match this year (26-0)


  • FIRST SET

4:22PM: Break! First break point of the match for Djokovic at 30-40, and it's converted off a Nadal error. Djokovic 2-0.

4:28PM: Rafa on the board with a love service, Djokovic still with the break at 3-1.

4:30PM: Djokovic is 4-1 up after 17 minutes.

4:44PM: Rafa holds, and now Novak will serve for the set leading 5-3.

4:49PM: Only 2 points dropped on serve from Djokovic as takes the opening set in 36 minutes. Djokovic 6-3.

  • SECOND SET

5:01PM: Break! Nadal had 3 points to hold, but Djokovic holds on to bring up a break point.

Crazy good defense from Novak to stay in the point, eventually converting off a Nadal error into the net. Djokovic 1-0.

5:11PM: Nadal saves 2 break points and holds. Djokovic 2-1, still with the break in hand.

5:35PM: Nadal holds, and Djokovic will now serve for his 4th Beijing title leading 5-4.

5:39PM: Djokovic service (5-4): 40-0, triple championship point.

5:40PM: Novak Djokovic is the 2013 China Open champion (6-3, 6-4)


5:49PM: Djokovic was on top for virtually the whole match, so it wasn't quite the epic encounter some were hoping for.

Rafa struggled to win points on his second serve today, and only took 6 points off the Djokovic serve.

Nadal will retake the No. 1 ranking tomorrow morning for the first time since July '11.

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Post Match Discussion: Djokovic vs Nadal (Final, 2013 US Open)

2013 US Open - Final

Rafael Nadal (2) d. Novak Djokovic (1): 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1


UPDATES


8:40PM: Offer up your thoughts on tonight's final.

8:43PM: Race to #1: The points after this tournament will be Djokovic with 10980, and Nadal at 10860 (120 pt. gap).

Djokovic has 3000+ points to defend for the rest of the year, while Nadal will have all gains due to missing the end of last season.

This makes it very unlikely that Djokovic will retain the No. 1 for the end of the year.

8:55PM: Quite a comeback year for Nadal:

  • Win-loss record in 2013: 59-3

  • 13th Grand Slam, his second of the year

  • 10th overall title of the year (12 finals played)

  • Prior to this year, he hadn't won a non-clay title since October 2010 (won 4 hardcourt titles this year)

8:59PM: Tough for Djokovic, he has had a good year but now with three tough losses at consecutive Slams.

No rest for either player as they are both scheduled to play Davis Cup this weekend:

  • World Group semifinals (Serbia vs Canada)

  • World Group play-offs (Spain vs Ukraine)

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Nadal (Final, 2013 US Open)

2013 US Open - Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (2) Rafael Nadal


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Djokovic Nadal
Head-to-head 15-21 21-15
Head-to-head (Hardcourt) 11-6 6-11
Grand Slams: Finals 6 titles, 5 runner-ups 12 titles, 5 runner-ups
Grand Slams: After winning the first set 129-1 146-3
Grand Slams: After losing the first set 22-24 18-19
  • Their 37th meeting, the most between two men in the Open Era

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5:10PM: Djokovic won the toss, and elected to serve. Who are you picking today?

  • FIRST SET

5:29PM: Break! Nadal FH winner off a short ball from Djokovic to secure the first break after 17 minutes. Nadal 2-1.

5:45PM: Nadal gets the first love hold of the day, he leads 4-2.

5:48PM: Break! Hawkeye challenge from Rafa shows the ball is long, he breaks to love and will be serving for the set at 5-2.

5:54PM: Rafa holds to takes the opening set in 42 minutes, he is looking like the better player right now. Nadal 6-2.

In their 36 previous meetings, the winner of the first set has won 31 times.

  • SECOND SET

6:10PM: Novak gets his first look at break points on 15-40, but he can't convert them. Nadal holds for 1-1.

6:23PM: Djokovic holds to lead 3-2, on serve.

6:31PM: Break! A glorious 54-shot rally ends with a Nadal putting it into the net to give up the break. Djokovic 4-2.

6:35PM: Break! Novak quickly finds himself at 0-40, he saves 2 BPs but goes long on the 3rd. Djokovic 4-3, on serve.

He contemplates breaking his racquet on the ground, but he only gets half way through the motion.

6:48PM: Break! 11-minute game where Rafa had 6 game points, but Novak gets a break point and swiftly converts it. Djokovic 5-3.

6:53PM: Djokovic holds with a trademark backhand winner down the line and the match is square. Djokovic 2-6, 6-3.

  • THIRD SET

6:58PM: Break! Djokovic is returning much better now, he breaks to love with ease to start the 3rd. Djokovic 1-0.

7:13PM: Nadal facing BP for the double break, but he saves it and holds. Djokovic 2-1, with the break.

7:21PM: Things are still fairly even right now, Novak is certainly playing better than he did the first set. Djokovic 3-2, with break.

7:29PM: Break! Djokovic had a game point, but is pegged back to break point where he sends a backhand long. 3-3.

7:40PM: Rafa was moving backwards for a return, he loses his footing and falls down. 0-30. EDIT: gif (thx, /u/instag1b)

7:48PM: Gigantic hold for Nadal, he was triple break point down at 0-40 but he saves them all and holds. Nadal 5-4, on serve.

7:54PM: Break! Djokovic was at 30-0, but he drops 4 points a row to get broken. Unbelievable, Nadal 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Nadal was a point away from trailing 2 breaks in that set, he broke back, and saved that triple break point towards the end.

  • FOURTH SET

8:06PM: 2 break points saved by Rafa in the first game, he holds for 1-0.

8:10PM: Break! Nadal whips a forehand down the line at 30-40 to get he early break. Nadal 2-0.

8:23PM: Rafa holds to lead 4-1.

8:28PM: Break! Backhand is long from Djokovic! Nadal serving for the title leading 5-1.

8:32PM: Nadal service (5-1): 40-15, double championship point.

8:33PM: Rafael Nadal is the 2013 US Open Champion (6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1)


8:35PM: Djokovic sends the ball into the net, and Rafael Nadal wins his 13th Grand Slam championship.

Novak will rue the end of that 3rd set where he let triple break point slip, and then got broken in the following game to lose the set.

Some great tennis from both guys tonight; Rafa won't take the No. 1 ranking yet, but he almost certainly will when the Asian Swing comes around.

8:40PM: Post Match Discussion

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Wawrinka (Semifinal, 2013 US Open)

2013 US Open - Semifinal

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (9) Stanislas Wawrinka


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Djokovic Wawrinka
Head-to-head 12-2 2-12
2013 US Open
Sets 15-1 15-2
Games won 94-33 104-68
Service breaks (R/S) 34-5 24-9
  • Djokovic in Grand Slam semifinals: 11-9, eight of those losses were either to Federer or Nadal

  • First Slam SF appearance for Wawrinka


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  • FIRST SET

12:34PM: Break! On the second break point, a Novak forehand hits the net cord and springs long. Wawrinka 2-1.

12:38PM: Wawrinka at 0-30, but wins 4 points in a row to consolidate. Wawrinka 3-1.

12:42PM: Break! Forehand crosscourt winner from Stan and he is now up a double break in 18 minutes. Wawrinka 4-1.

12:52PM: Break! Backhand is long from Stan to give up one of the breaks. Wawrinka 4-2.

12:54PM: Break! Four double faults for Novak in this match, two of them in that game for a love break. Wawrinka 5-2.

12:58PM: Stan holds to take the opening set in 34 minutes. Wawrinka 6-2

  • SECOND SET

1:22PM: Wawrinka under pressure in a 10-minute service game, he saves 3 break points and holds. 2-2.

1:28PM: Break! Stan converts his 3rd BP of the game after Novak sends it long. Wawrinka 3-2.

1:33PM: Djokovic gets a warning for coaching from the stands, he just glares at the umpire and walks away.

1:41PM: Break! Framed forehand from Wawrinka is out, and that is the break back. 4-4.

1:55PM: Unforced errors piling up for Wawrinka: 6 in the first set, 17 in the second. Djokovic holds to lead 6-5, on serve.

2:02PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-2, double fault from Stan to go down the mini-break again.

2:06PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 6-3, triple set point.

2:07PM: Lovely return winner pass from Djokovic seals the breaker 7-4. Djokovic 2-6, 7-6.

  • THIRD SET

2:14PM: Early break point saved by Stan, he holds for 1-0.

2:29PM: Wawrinka has slightly improved his first serve percentage, he holds to lead 3-2 on serve.

2:42PM: Break! 3 unforced and 1 forced error from Djokovic to get broken to love. That came out of nowhere, Wawrinka 5-3.

2:47PM: Stan wins a huge 35-shot rally on 30-30, and follows it with an unreturnable serve to take the set. Wawrinka 6-2, 6-7, 6-3.

  • FOURTH SET

2:57PM: Break! Stan double faults on 30-40 to go down an early break. Djokovic 2-0.

3:00PM: Stan breaks his racquet in frustration, and receives a point penalty for his troubles. Djokovic holds for 3-0.

3:11PM: Wawrinka goes off court to take a medical timeout, Djokovic leads 4-1.

3:27PM: Djokovic is now serving to force a deciding set leading 5-3.

3:31PM: With an ace down the 'T', Novak squares the match at 2 sets all. Djokovic 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

Records in 5-setters: Djokovic 19-7, Wawrinka 20-14.

  • FINAL SET

4:04PM: Amazing play from both guys in that game, it was 21-minute game where Wawrinka saved 5 break points.

Stan holds, and the crowd roars like he'd won the final. But it is still on serve with Wawrinka leading 2-1.

4:13PM: Break! Wawrinka saves 2 break points, but goes long on the 3rd. Djokovic takes the lead in the final set at 3-2.

4:29PM: Stan holds to love, and now Djokovic is serving for his fifth US Open final. Djokovic 5-4.

4:32PM: Djokovic service (5-4): 40-0, triple match point.

4:33PM: Djokovic wins (2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4)


4:36PM: Djokovic closes it out with an ace, and gets through to his 5th US Open final (4th consecutive).

Novak also gains buffer against Rafa in the race for the #1 ranking; winning the title will give him a small sliver of hope that he can retain it until the year's end.

Unfortunate for Stan to lose another close one; struggling physically after the 3rd, and unable to create any break point chances in the last two sets.

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Post Match Discussion: Djokovic vs Murray (Final, Wimbledon 2013)

Wimbledon 2013 - Final

Andy Murray d. Novak Djokovic (6-4, 7-5, 6-4)


Andy Murray has defeated Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon 2013. Offer your thoughts on the match.


5:31PM: Sue Barker: "We've waited 77 years for this..."

5:34PM: Djokovic: "I congratulate him. From my side I gave it my all."

5:34PM: Murray: "Feels slightly different to last year. Last year was one of toughest moments of my career."

5:36PM: Murray: "This one is especially for Lendl as well because he did everything to try to win this one so I hope he enjoyed it."

6:23PM: "Winning Wimbledon is the pinnacle of tennis. Winning Wimbledon, I still can't believe it, can't get my head around it."

"So tough. It was so hot as well. I hadn't played any matches in the heat of the day. Physically incredibly demanding match."

7:05PM: Meant to Be

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Murray (Final, Wimbledon 2013)

Wimbledon 2013 - Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (2) Andy Murray


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Djokovic Murray
Head-to-head 11-7 7-11
Grand Slam finals record 6 wins, 4 runner-ups 1 win, 5 runner-ups
Slam record after winning first set 124-1 88-7
Slam record after losing first set 21-23 19-21
  • Djokovic has featured in 9 of the last 12 Grand Slam finals, and can equal McEnroe & Wilander for Slam titles if he wins (7)

  • Murray looking to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936 (77 years ago)


2:07PM: Djokovic won the toss, and has elected to serve. Play to start soon...

  • FIRST SET

2:19PM: Dramatic stuff already; a few errors from Novak and he finds himself at 0-40 in a flash, but he recovers to hold. 1-0.

2:31PM: Break! Djokovic saves 3 more break points, but on the 4th BP Andy smacks a backhand winner down the line to break.

Lots of high-quality tennis seen already, and we're only 3 games in. Murray 2-1, with break.

2:41PM: Break! Andy's lead is short-lived, he sends a crosscourt BH into the net to get broken back. 2-2.

2:49PM: Murray love hold to go 3-3.

2:53PM: Break! Backhand netted from Djokovic, and he is suddenly broken to love. Murray 4-3.

3:06PM: Big hold for Andy as the physically punishing rallies continue, he saves 3 break points to consolidate. Murray 5-3.

3:15PM: After just over an hour played, Murray serves a love game to take the first set. Murray 6-4.

  • SECOND SET

3:39PM: Break! What a game from Djokovic to break, Andy's forehand thumps the tape on 15-40 to get broken. Djokovic 3-1.

3:43PM: Djokovic slips up on the dusty baseline but he's okay, goes on to consolidate to lead 4-1.

3:57PM: Break! Novak saves 2 break points, but facing the 3rd he throws in a DF to give the break back. Djokovic 4-3, on serve.

4:07PM: Another big hold for Andy as he saves 2 break points to level it at 4-4.

4:19PM: Break! Agitation from Djokovic as he thinks the ball is out but is has run out of challenges.

He nets a forehand at 30-40 to give up the break, and now Murray is serving for a 2-set lead at 6-5.

4:23PM: A very tight second set that was broken open right at the end, love game for Andy to take the set. Murray 6-4, 7-5.

  • THIRD SET

4:35PM: Break! Djokovic is broken to start after he floats the ball long at 30-40. Murray 1-0.

4:41PM: Murray 2-1, with the break.

4:47PM: Break! Volley is just wide from Andy, and we're on serve in the 3rd set. 2-2.

4:51PM: Novak incorporating more drop shots into his play and it's working well. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

4:56PM: Break! Andy nets a FH, and Djokovic wins his 3rd game in a row to lead 4-2.

5:01PM: Break! Forced error is long from Djokovic to get broken back immediately. Djokovic 4-3, on serve.

5:07PM: Djokovic tries the drop shot again by it's chased down and put away. Murray holds for 4-4.

5:11PM: Break! What a game from Murray to break, Djokovic nets at 15-40 and now Andy is serving for the Championship...

5:22PM: Murray service (5-4): 4th deuce, 3 Championship points gone and 3 break back points saved...

5:23PM: Murray service (5-4): Adv. Murray, 4th Championship point.

5:24PM: Andy Murray is the Wimbledon 2013 Champion (6-4, 7-5, 6-4)


5:25PM: Absolutely insane last game, from 40-0 to facing 3 break points. Andy held on, and has now won Wimbledon!


5:28PM: Post-match Discussion thread

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Del Potro (Semifinal, Wimbledon 2013)

Wimbledon 2013 - Semifinal

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (8) Juan Martin del Potro


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  • Head-to-head: Djokovic 8 : 3 Del Potro

  • First time in the Open Era that two men meeting in the Wimbledon semifinals have not dropped sets

  • Djokovic has been in 8 of the last 11 Grand Slam finals (winning 5)

  • Del Potro's first Grand Slam SF since winning the 2009 US Open (and first time past 4R at Wimbledon)


1:05PM: Del Potro has won the toss, and elected to receive. Play to begin in around 5 minutes.

  • FIRST SET

1:23PM: A love game from each player consecutively, Del Potro holds to make it 2-2.

1:39PM: Novak gets the first break point of the match at 30-40, but can't get the ball into play from a booming serve.

Del Potro had to put in some work to get that hold, longest game of the match thus far. 3-3.

1:48PM: Both guys serving well, still only one break point chance created. 4-4.

2:00PM: Djokovic holds to lead 6-5, still on serve.

2:06PM: Break! Some excellent points from Djokovic turns 30-0 into 30-40, Delpo goes wide and that is the first set. Djokovic 7-5.

  • SECOND SET

2:15PM: Just over an hour played now, both players hold to begin the second set. 1-1.

2:27PM: Doctor on court for Del Potro, being given anti-inflammatory painkillers most likely. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

2:35PM: Novak is keeping the pressure on, he had 4 break points but isn't able to convert. 3-3.

2:39PM: Break! What a turn-around, Del Potro gets his first break points and breaks to love. Del Potro 4-3.

2:46PM: Small lapse in concentration from Delpo, he went from 40-0 to facing break point but he consolidates. Del Potro 5-3.

2:49PM: JMDP love hold to square this semifinal, the pills from the doctor doing their work. Del Potro 5-7, 6-4.

  • THIRD SET

3:07PM: Love hold from Del Potro to go 2-2.

3:13PM: Top-notch service game from Djokovic, he saves a break point and goes on to hold. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

3:21PM: Delpo taken to deuce, but he holds to square it at 3-3.

3:30PM: Novak recovers from 15-40, saving 2 break points and holding his serve. Djokovic 4-3, on serve.

3:44PM: JMDP in a spot of bother at 0-30, but comes back with some great power-hitting. He holds for 5-5.

3:47PM: Djokovic holds for 6-5, on serve.

3:53PM: That was very impressive, Del Potro saves 3 set points from 0-40 to bring up the breaker.

3:58PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-2, Delpo nets an overhead to cough up the mini-break.

3:59PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 6-2, four set points.

3:59PM: After a very tight 3rd set, Novak runs away with the breaker 7-2. Djokovic 7-5, 4-6, 7-6.

  • FOURTH SET

4:11PM: Delpo taken to deuce, but he holds for 1-0 right on the 3-hour mark.

4:30PM: Djokovic holds to make it 3-3.

4:35PM: Break! Del Potro forehand hits the tape and he is broken for the first time since the opening set. Djokovic 4-3.

4:40PM: Break! JMDP smacks a BH down the line on 30-40 to break back immediately. 4-4.

4:44PM: Awesome back-to-back return winners from Novak to go 0-30, but Delpo holds on to lead 5-4.

4:56PM: Good serving from Djokovic, he holds to bring up the 4th set tiebreak.

4:59PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 3-1.

5:04PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 5-4, with mini-break.

5:07PM: Tiebreak: 6-6, Del Potro saves two match points to put it back on serve.

5:08PM: Tiebreak: Del Potro 7-6, set point.

5:09PM: Incredible tennis from Del Potro to save match points, 4-6 down to eventually win the breaker 8-6.

It's going to a fifth set, Del Potro 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6.

  • FINAL SET

5:32PM: Break point saved by Djokovic, he holds to lead 3-2 on serve.

5:39PM: Novak has his turn at a break point but he nets, Delpo goes on to hold. 3-3.

5:42PM: At over four and a half hours played, Djokovic leads 4-3 on serve.

5:48PM: Break! Del Potro sends the ball well out at 30-40 to get broken, Djokovic serving for the final at 5-3.

5:54PM: Djokovic service (5-3): Adv. Djokovic, first match point in this set.

5:55PM: Djokovic wins (7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3)


5:57PM: Djokovic wins it with a backhand winner right in the corner, making it to his second Wimbledon final.

Credit to both guys for putting on a good show, fighting tooth-and-nail in the longest Wimby men's SF at 4h and 43 mins.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Nadal (Semifinal, 2013 French Open)

Roland-Garros 2013 - Semifinal

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (3) Rafael Nadal



  • Head-to-head: Nadal 19 : 15 Djokovic

  • Their last 13 matches have been either finals (11) or in the YEC round robin (2), this will be their first semifinal since November '09

  • Nadal has a 57-1 record at Roland-Garros, winning today will equal Vilas/Federer (58)

  • 12th consecutive Slam semifinal for Djokovic, 2nd behind Federer (23)


  • FIRST SET

1:16PM: Confident start for Djokovic, love hold to go 1-0.

1:35PM: No break points faced yet, Nadal holds for 2-2.

1:43PM: Djokovic withstands the pressure from Nadal to hold, 5 games played in 27 minutes. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

1:46PM: Love service for Nadal for 3-3.

1:54PM: Break! Novak saves 2 break points with good serving, but facing the 3rd he sends a FH long. Nadal 4-3.

1:58PM: Another love hold for Nadal to extend his lead to 5-3.

2:01PM: Novak holds, Rafa is now serving at 5-4 to take the opener.

2:06PM: Return of serve is long and Nadal takes the opening set. The defending champ is in good shape right now, Nadal 6-4.

Rafa is 139-3 when winning the first set in Grand Slams, the three losses were to Ferrer, Rosol and Djokovic.

  • SECOND SET

2:21PM: Djokovic yet to get break point chance, but he leads this set 2-1, on serve.

2:26PM: Nadal taking a bit too long between serves, and receives a time violation from the umpire. He holds for 2-2.

2:30PM: Break! Djokovic goes for the drop shot, but Nadal gets there for the easy put-away. Nadal breaks for 3-2.

2:40PM: Break! Novak's first 2 break points are saved, but is third time lucky after Rafa nets. Back on serve, 3-3.

2:43PM: Djokovic 4-3, on serve.

2:50PM: Break! Djokovic lets out a roar after he converts the break with a crosscourt FH winner.

With a slight momentum shift in the match, Djokovic will be serving to square the sets leading 5-3.

2:56PM: Nadal can't make the return and Djokovic wins his 4th game in a row.

No real celebration at all from Djokovic after taking that set. Match is squared, Djokovic 4-6, 6-3.

  • THIRD SET

3:05PM: Nadal taken to deuce but he holds. 1-0.

3:10PM: Break! Djokovic ball is called in, and TV Hawkeye replay shows it touching the line. But the umpire rules it out, Nadal 2-0.

3:14PM: Nadal holds for 3-0. Djokovic isn't moving too well right now, he has left the court momentarily.

3:19PM: Break! Djokovic nets to go down another break. Nadal 4-0.

3:28PM: Nole saves a couple of break points to hold, Nadal serving for the set now at 5-1.

3:32PM: Rafa gets a point penalty for taking too long on his serve, but he still holds comfortably. Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

  • FOURTH SET

3:43PM: Good hands from both guys in one of the best points of the match, Djokovic goes on to hold for 2-1.

3:50PM: Novak love service to lead 3-2, on serve.

3:55PM: Nadal holds, it's 3-3. Only 4 points have gone against serve in this set so far.

3:59PM: Break! Djokovic hits his FH way long to cough up the first break in this set. Nadal close to another final at 4-3.

4:03PM: Break! Nadal wins the first point of the game, but Novak knocks out 4 points in a row to break back. 4-4.

4:06PM: Make that 8 points in a row, Djokovic leads 5-4 on serve.

4:10PM: Love hold from Rafa, it's 5-5.

4:16PM: Break! Djokovic forehand is long to give up the break, Nadal to serve for the match at 6-5.

4:22PM: Break! Nadal 2 pts away from winning at 30-15, but is pegged back to 30-40: Novak converts with a clean FH winner.

He has broken back to bring up the 4th set tiebreak.

4:26PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-1.

4:29PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-3, with mini-break.

4:30PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 6-3, Nole puts away smash for triple set point.

4:31PM: And we're going to a fifth set, incredible fighting from two champions.

Volley is netted by Nadal to lose the breaker 3-7, Djokovic 4-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6.

  • FINAL SET

4:39PM: Break! Nadal nets a FH on 30-40 to get broken in this opening game. Djokovic 1-0.

4:46PM: Novak saves a break point to hold, he leads 2-0.

5:03PM: Nadal pushed to deuce, he holds with a lovely backhand right in the corner. Djokovic 3-2, with break.

5:07PM: Love service for Djokovic to move up to 4-2.

5:10PM: Nadal holds to keep in touch, Djokovic leading 4-3 with the break still.

5:17PM: Big moment on deuce as Novak makes a smash, but runs into the net to concede the point. Adv. Nadal.

5:20PM: Break! Djokovic saves a break point but nets on the next one. More than 4 hours played, it's 4-4.

5:24PM: Rafa holds to take the lead for the first time in this set. Nadal 5-4.

5:28PM: Fantastic curling FH from Nadal almost went out but hits the line for 30-30, but Djokovic ends up holding for 5-5.

5:44PM: Rafa chases down the ball and hits it between his legs, smash from Novak is an UE. He ends up holding for 7-7.

5:48PM: Nadal 8-7, on serve. Djokovic annoyed at the condition of the court, wants it watered but umpire not budging.

5:51PM: Djokovic service (7-8): 0-40, Triple match point.

5:52PM: Nadal wins (6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7)


5:57PM: A fantastic match from both men, it's all over after 4 hours and 37 minutes.

Many big moments, but the biggest would have to be the game where Novak ran into the net and was soon broken afterwards.

Rafael Nadal is into his 8th Roland-Garros final on Sunday, trying to win the 12th Slam of his career.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Nadal (Final, 2013 Monte-Carlo Masters)

2013 Monte-Carlo Masters - Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (3) Rafael Nadal


Video streaming: Streamhunter, Firstrowsports


  • Head-to-head: Nadal 19 : 14 Djokovic

  • Win/loss in Masters 1000 finals: Nadal 22-10, Djokovic 13-10

  • Djokovic has yet to win Monte-Carlo, he has been the runner-up twice ('09 and '12, both against Nadal)

  • Nadal has the record at Monte-Carlo for most consecutive titles at a single tournament (8), and is on a 46-match winning streak here aswell


2:54PM: Rain has delayed the start time, sun is out now though. Djokovic is serving first.

  • FIRST SET

2:57PM: Djokovic holds to begin, 1-0.

3:07PM: Break! Rafa had 3 points to hold in that game, but he floats the ball long when facing his first BP. Djokovic 2-0.

3:12PM: Novak is taken to deuce, but he holds. Djokovic 3-0.

3:18PM: Break! Nadal's backhand can't clear the net cord and he's down a double break now. Djokovic 4-0.

3:20PM: Ace to hold serve, it's been flawless from Nole thus far. Djokovic 5-0.

3:30PM: Nadal saves 5 set points to hold, Novak now serving for the first set leading 5-1.

3:33PM: Break! Djokovic sends a forehand into the net facing his first BP, still has one break. Djokovic 5-2.

3:41PM: Break! Nadal saves 2 break points in that game, but double faults on the 3rd. 48 minutes played, Djokovic 6-2.

  • SECOND SET

3:58PM: Novak saves 2 break points to hold. Djokovic 2-1, on serve.

4:07PM: Break! Backhand down the line is wide from Djokovic and he gets broken. Nadal 3-2.

4:15PM: Nadal 4-3, still with the break.

4:21PM: Break! Rafa's backhand is wide, and he relinquishes the lead. Square again at 4-4.

4:31PM: Nadal holds for 5-5.

4:36PM: Break! Djokovic BH is just wide and he's broken, Nadal serving for the 2nd set leading 6-5.

4:40PM: Break! Some nifty winners in that game from Novak, breaks to love and forces a 2nd set tiebreak.

4:42PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 2-1, with mini-break.

4:45PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 5-1, Nadal goes wide on his forehand.

4:46PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 6-1, five championship points.

4:47PM: Novak Djokovic is the 2013 Monte-Carlo Masters champion (6-2, 7-6)


4:48PM: Djokovic hits a FH winner to claim the breaker 7-1, and he denies Nadal a 9th straight Monte-Carlo crown.

I thought for sure Djokovic would skip this event due to his ankle, but he was really fantastic today.


The next Masters 1000 event will be the Mutua Madrid Open, beginning on May 3rd.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Murray (Men's Final, 2013 Australian Open)

2013 Australian Open - Men's Singles, Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (3) Andy Murray


Video streaming: Firstrowsports, Streamhunter, ESPN

Radio: AO Radio


. Novak Djokovic Andy Murray
Head-to-head 10 wins, 7 losses 7 wins, 10 losses
Slam Finals 5 titles, 4 runner-ups 1 title, 4 runner-ups
If they win... First man in Open Era to win 3 AOs consecutively First man in Open Era to win their first 2 Slams back-to-back
Equal Becker and Edberg with 6 Slams His first Australian Open title out of 3 finals in Melbourne
Equal Federer and Agassi with 4 AO titles First British man w/ 107 Slam wins (currently tied w/ Perry)
  • 14 out of their 17 meetings, the winner of the first set wins the match

  • Third year in a row that they've met at the Australian Open (Both Djokovic wins: 2011 final, 2012 semifinal)

  • Djokovic has now made it to 8 of the last 10 Men's Slam finals (4 won, 3 lost, 1 more to be determined tonight)


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7:37PM: Murray won the toss and elected to receive, play to begin in about 10 minutes.

  • FIRST SET

7:58PM: Murray holds to love for 2-2.

8:03PM: Novak taken to deuce, but he plays a great point to hold. Djokovic 3-2, on serve.

8:13PM: Murray saves 4 break points in a 9-minute game, the rallies getting a bit longer now. 3-3.

8:19PM: Djokovic holds for 4-3, on serve. Good point where he fell over and recovered to win the rally.

8:25PM: Break point saved by Andy, he holds for 4-4.

8:29PM: Nole showing agitation with his shoes, and his leg is slightly bleeding from his fall. He holds, Djokovic 5-4.

8:44PM: Service winner by Murray to bring up a first set tiebreak after an hour played.

8:46PM: Tiebreak: Murray 3-0, the ball is sent long by Djokovic.

8:51PM: Tiebreak: Murray 6-1, 5 set points.

8:53PM: Ball is sent long and Andy takes the first set 7-2 in the breaker. 68 minutes played, Murray 7-6.

  • SECOND SET

9:07PM: Huge hold for Djokovic, was 0-40 down but finishes with a 26-shot rally to hold. 1-1.

9:20PM: Novak shows his frustration at the moment, kicks the ball up near the stands. Murray 3-2, on serve.

9:28PM: Andy is winning 87% of points on his first serve. Murray 4-3, on serve.

9:41PM: 5-5. Djokovic has won 21 out of 25 net approaches tonight so far.

9:49PM: Backhand crosscourt winner by Novak brings up another breaker.

9:53PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-2, Andy's forehand down the line floats wide.

9:57PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 6-3, triple set point to square the final.

9:58PM: The 2nd set tiebreak is taken out by Djokovic 7-3, total time played now is 2 hours and 13 minutes. Djokovic 6-7, 7-6.

  • THIRD SET

10:01PM: 3-minute injury timeout for Andy Murray before the 3rd set begins, working on his foot.

10:17PM: Murray's facial expressions telegraphing his pain, but he's still playing at a good level right now. He holds for 2-2.

10:29PM: Djokovic holds for 4-3, on serve.

10:34PM: Murray service (3-4): 0-40, triple break point.

10:36PM: Andy's forehand hits the net tape, and that's the first service break of the final. Djokovic 5-3.

10:39PM: Love service gives the Serb the 3rd set after almost 3 hours played. Djokovic 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.

Murray giving central umpire John Blom a piece of his mind regarding the people in the crowd calling out.

  • FOURTH SET

10:53PM: First break point chance for Murray in a while, but he can't get it into play. Djokovic holds for 1-1.

10:56PM: Andy nets at 30-40 and is broken the for the 2nd time tonight. Djokovic 2-1.

11:01PM: Djokovic 3-1.

11:10PM: A ball fell out of Andy's pocket during play in that game, they had to replay the point.

Murray goes on to get broken again, it's probably lights out on getting his 2nd Slam trophy now. Djokovic 4-1.

11:20PM: Djokovic 5-2, now serving for the 2013 Australian Open. Yet to have his serve broken tonight.

11:23PM: Djokovic service (5-2): 40-30, first championship point.

11:25PM: Novak Djokovic is the 2013 Australian Open Champion (6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2)


11:28PM: Too good from Djokovic tonight, his serve was never broken and he looked like he could've played another set easily if it had gone to a fifth.

Murray started strongly but wasn't moving as well later in the match, perhaps due to some fatigue and his blistered foot that had to be treated in the 3rd set.

He wins his 6th career Slam and 4th Australian Open, and becomes the first man in the Open Era to win it 3 times consecutively.


11:32PM: Post Match Discussion.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Wawrinka (Fourth Round, 2013 Australian Open)

2013 Australian Open - Men's Singles, Fourth Round

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (15) Stanislas Wawrinka


Streams: Firstrowsports, Streamhunter, ESPN / Radio: AO Radio


  • Head-to-head: Djokovic 11 : 2 Wawrinka

  • Djokovic has a chance this year to be the first man in the Open Era to win 3 Australian Open titles consecutively

  • Djokovic has featured in 7 of the last 9 Men's Finals in Grand Slams, winning 4 of them.


  • FIRST SET

8:49PM: Novak sends it wide and is broken early :O. Wawrinka 2-1.

8:57PM: Beautiful backhand crosscourt by Stan for the double break. Wawrinka 4-1.

9:00PM: Love hold, Wawa going HAM. Wawrinka 5-1.

9:05PM: Forehand winner and Wawrinka breaks again to take the first set, Wawrinka 6-1; Novak is broken for the first time in the tournament three times in 26 minutes, crazy. I don't expect this momentum to last, but it's still shocking nonetheless.

  • SECOND SET

9:09PM And right on time Djokovic breaks to open the second set. 1-0.

9:13PM: Nole broken again, 1-1.

9:21PM: Stan saves a break point to hold. Wawrinka 2-1, on serve.

9:27PM: Another beautiful backhand winner by Wawrinka to break Djokovic. Wawrinka 3-1.

9:40PM: Novak making a lot of errors tonight, he sends it wide and Stan holds. Wawrinka 5-2.

9:43PM: Nole holds, Wawa serving for a two set lead at 5-3 now.

9:47PM: Wawrinka's backhand tips off the top of the court and it bounces out, back on serve. Wawrinka 5-4.

10:00PM: Djokovic breaks again to serve to even up the sets. Djokovic 6-5.

10:04PM: Novak takes the second set to square the match. Djokovic 1-6, 7-5.

Wawrinka missed his opportunity when was serving for the two-set lead; and it looks like Djokovic is a lot more comfortable now, making fewer errors.

  • THIRD SET

10:11PM: Two fantastic points in a row by Djokovic to get the early break. He's turned it all around, Djokovic 1-0.

10:16PM: Stan breaks right back. 1-1.

10:38PM: Wawrinka 4-3, on serve. Just over two hours played now.

10:41PM: Love hold by Nole to square it at 4-4.

10:45PM: Djokovic lets out a roar as he breaks Wawrinka again. Djokovic 5-4, serving for the third.

10:49PM: Novak holds to go to a two sets to one lead, that just might be lights out for Stan. Djokovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-4.

  • FOURTH SET

10:55PM: Stan holds to open the fourth, 1-0.

11:02PM: Wawrinka goes for the drop shot on break point but it doesn't clear the net, Novak goes on to hold. 1-1.

11:12PM: Djokovic saves another break point, and he holds again. 2-2.

11:18PM: 3-3.

11:23PM: Wawrinka taken to deuce but holds for 4-3, still on serve.

11:35PM: Stan holds; now consulting with the trainer with a possible medical timeout incoming. Wawrinka 5-4, on serve.

11:41PM: 5-5. Wawa knocks the K out the plastic Kia sign on the net, crowd is amused.

11:47PM: Djokovic holds to bring up the tiebreak... you'd expect Nole to probably pull through now.

11:50PM: Tiebreak: Wawrinka 3-0.

11:55PM: Tiebreak: Wawrinka 6-3, triple set point...

11:56PM: Tiebreak: Wawrinka 6-5, one set point...

11:58PM: Allez! Stan serves out the breaker 7-5 to bring up a fifth. It's midnight in Melbourne, Wawrinka 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, 7-6.

  • FINAL SET

12:04AM: Nole broken straight away to begin, Wawrinka 1-0.

12:13AM: Djokovic breaks back, and also breaks the Kia signage on the other side. 1-1.

12:18AM: Two break points saved by Novak, it's on serve. Djokovic 2-1.

12:41AM: Stan saves a break point to even it up at 4-4. Clock ticks over 4 hours played.

12:51AM: Incredible from Djokovic, he saves four break points. Dodgy line call there at a critical moment... Stan has to serve to stay in it from now on, Djokovic 5-4.

1:00AM: 6-6, challenges refreshed.

1:29AM: Djokovic 11-10.

1:40AM: Third match point for Djokovic.

1:42AM: Djokovic wins (1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10)


1:52AM: Stan does an amazing job to hold off two match points, but Djokovic converts the third in the dramatic last game; really unfortunate for Wawrinka, the win could've easily have gone his way. 5h, 2m played.

Incredible tennis by both guys, and a pretty nice tonic to a day that featured some average matches.

Novak advances to play Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, presumably the night match on Tuesday.

2:00AM: Today's results (Day 7) in case you missed them.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Federer (Final, ATP World Tour Finals 2012)

ATP World Tour Finals 2012 - Final

(1) Novak Djokovic vs (2) Roger Federer


Streams: Lshunter, Firstrowsports,ESPN


  • Head-to-head: Federer 16 - 12 Djokovic

  • Djokovic's second Year-End final: He won this tournament against Davydenko in '08.

  • Federer's eighth Year-End final: He has won this tournament a record six times ('03, '04, '06, '07, '10, '11) and a runner-up once ('05)


8:07PM: Federer won the toss and elected to serve.

  • FIRST SET

8:15PM: Federer opens with a love hold, 1-0.

8:18PM: Djokovic broken to love, obviously not a great start. Federer 2-0.

8:30PM: Novak gets on the board with a lovely winner after being pushed to deuce. Federer 3-1.

8:35PM: Djokovic getting in the rhythm of things, he breaks back after Fed sends it long. Federer 3-2, on serve.

8:58PM: Huge break for Djokovic, converts on his third BP of the game. Serving for the set, Djokovic 5-4.

9:05PM: A fair few errors from Novak in that game, he had set point but is broken. 5-5.

9:10PM: Federer 6-5, on serve. Djokovic dove for a ball and scratched his arm, trainer is applying a bandage.

9:16PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 2-0.

9:21PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 5-4, has mini-break.

9:26PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 7-6, third set point.

9:26PM: Roger played a great point to save the second set point but Djokovic takes the set shortly after.

Novak takes the breaker 8-6, he was behind at the start but did well to come back. Djokovic 7-6.

  • SECOND SET

9:41PM: An 11-minute tug-of-war in the 2nd set opener, Djokovic had game points but is broken. Federer 1-0.

9:57PM: Fed had a chance to go a double break up but DJokovic holds, still has the break. Federer 3-2.

10:03PM: Federer 4-3, still with the break.

10:11PM: Djokovic had break point but Roger holds to keep the break, Federer 5-3.

10:14PM: Federer serving for the second set at 5-4.

10:18PM: Fed had two set points but is broken. Unbelievable from Djokovic, 5-5.

10:24PM: Djokovic 6-5.

10:27PM: Federer service: 30-40, championship point for Djokovic.

10:28PM: Novak Djokovic is the ATP World Tour Finals 2012 Champion (7-6, 7-5)


10:29PM: On match point, Djokovic takes the Championship with a great backhand passing shot; Novak goes absolutely primal after sealing it with that winner.

It looked certain as if it was going to a third, but Djokovic showed good resolve and came through to claim his second Year-End trophy undefeated. An excellent match from both players.

10:34PM: Total points won today: Djokovic - 96, Federer - 95

10:40PM: Djokovic will extend his gap as world number 1:

  • 1) Djokovic - 12920 (2655 point lead)

  • 2) Federer - 10265

  • 3) Murray - 8000

10:49PM: An outstanding year for the Top 4, it sets the stage for the first Grand Slam of 2013 two months from now. The Australian Open begins January 14th, with Rafael Nadal expected to return after six months out.

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Murray (Final - Shanghai Masters 2012)

Shanghai Masters - Final

(2) Novak Djokovic vs (3) Andy Murray


Streams: Firstrowsports, Lshunter


  • Djokovic leads the head-to-head 8-7

  • Djokovic's 10th final of 2012: 4 titles and 5 runner-ups. This is Murray's 7th final: 3 titles and 3 runner-ups

  • If Murray wins, it will be his third Shanghai Masters title in consecutive years


4:34PM: Players have started their warm-up, this is their sixth time meeting this year. (Murray winning three times, Djokovic twice)

  • FIRST SET

4:46PM: Djokovic holds, 1-0.

4:56PM: Murray had game point but is broken, Djokovic 2-0 after 15 minutes.

5:00PM: Murray breaks back with a rocket forehand forcing Novak to send it wide. Back on serve, Djokovic 2-1.

5:13PM: Murray dictating play right now, he has broken again. Murray 3-2.

5:24PM: Some good defense from Novak and he breaks right back. 3-3, 42 minutes played...

5:29PM: Crazy, another break. Murray 4-3.

5:34PM: Andy is broken again. Eight games played and six of them broken services, square now at 4-4.

5:44PM: 5-5.

5:50PM: Novak sends the ball wide and is broken; he cops a code violation for smashing his racquet in anger.

Murray now serving for the opening set at 6-5.

5:55PM: The Scot takes the opening set in 73 minutes, Murray 7-5.

Fun stat: The last fourteen times these two have played, the winner of the first set has won the match.

  • SECOND SET

6:24PM: It's been steady from both players this set so far, no breaks. 3-3.

6:27PM: Great returning by Murray, he gets the first service break of the second set. Murray 4-3.

6:36PM: Murray 5-4, serving for the title now.

6:43PM: Murray had match point at 40-30, but is pegged back to deuce.

6:46PM: Crazy, Novak breaks to bring it back to 5-5.

6:58PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 3-1.

7:07PM: Tiebreak: Novak saves another two championship points, unbelievable. 6-6 at the second change.

7:12PM: Tiebreak: Four championship points saved, Djokovic now has set point 9-8.

7:14PM: Tiebreak: Novak saves a fifth, square at 10-10.

7:18PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic has another set point at 12-11.

7:20PM: Andy Murray destroys his racquet, cursing himself. The Serb saved five Championship points, incredible performance. One set each after 158 minutes, Djokovic 7-6 (13-11).

  • FINAL SET

7:42PM: No breaks of serve, Murray 3-2. Three hours played.

7:46PM: 3-3.

7:49PM: Murray is broken! Djokovic leads 4-3.

7:56PM: Djokovic 5-3, one game away from the trophy.

8:02PM: Murray service: Advantage Djokovic, his third championship point.

8:02PM: Novak Djokovic is the 2012 Shanghai Masters Champion (5-7, 7-6, 6-3)


8:06PM: Andy might have nightmares about this final for a while, he had five match points but couldn't capitalize.

A remarkable comeback from Novak means he is 195 points behind Federer, and virtually guaranteed to get the number one ranking back before the year's end.

BONUS: Racquet smash in the first set

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Murray (Men's Singles, Final - US Open 2012)

US Open - Men's Singles (Final)

(2) Novak Djokovic vs (3) Andy Murray


Streams: Firstrowsports, Lshunter, USOpen.org, ESPN / Radio: USOpen.org


  • Djokovic leads the head-to-head 8-6

  • Ivan Lendl lost his first four Slam finals before winning the French Open '84 defeating John McEnroe.

  • If Murray wins, he will get his first Slam in five attempts, and becomes the first British male since Fred Perry to win a Slam (USO 1936).

  • If Djokovic wins, he will equal Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg for all-time number of Slam titles (six). A win will also mean he is 535 points behind number one ranked Federer.


  • FIRST SET

4:22PM: 1-1 to start the match, each player breaking one another.

4:35PM: Djokovic double faults at break point, his third of the match already. Murray 3-2.

4:42PM: Murray 4-2. Error count so far, Murray: 9 / Djokovic: 13.

4:53PM: Novak breaks back, you sort of the had the feeling it would happen in these conditions. 4-4.

5:13PM: A Murray hold takes us to a first set breaker. Who are you picking?

5:20PM: Tiebreak: Djokovic 4-2 at the change of ends.

5:25PM: Tiebreak: 5-5, Djokovic slipping sending a return into the net to square it again.

5:35PM: Tiebreak: 10-10, Andy has had five set points but can't convert. Physically punishing rallies.

5:37PM: Sir Connery likes that, Andy takes the set on his sixth set point chance 12-10.

Murray would've gone crazy if he let that go, 87 minutes played. Murray 7-6.

  • SECOND SET

5:49PM: Murray takes a 2-0 lead after breaking Djokovic to love.

5:58PM: Djokovic is broken once again, Murray goes up 4-0. Goodness.

6:02PM: Murray broken, Novak still down a break though. Murray 4-1.

6:16PM: Murray 5-3, serving for a two set lead. Over two hours played.

6:21PM: A really atrocious game from Murray, four unforced errors and Nole breaks. Murray 5-4, on serve again.

6:25PM: Beautiful lob, Djokovic has raised his level again. 5-5.

6:30PM: Murray 6-5, on serve.

6:37PM: Djokovic sends it long to give Murray another break and the second set. Murray 7-5.

  • THIRD SET

6:55PM: The first break of the third set sees Djokovic taking the lead, 2-1.

7:04PM: Djokovic 3-2, still has the break.

7:13PM: Three hours played, Novak saves two break points. Djokovic 4-2.

7:17PM: Skidding ball catches Andy by surprise, and he is broken again. Djokovic serving for the third, 5-2.

7:22PM: With a smash, Djokovic takes the third, Murray still leading two sets to one. Djokovic 6-2.

Murray has 18 winners to 38 errors, Djokovic with 20 to 44.

  • FOURTH SET

7:29PM: Novak screams, "C'mon!!" as he breaks Murray's opening service. Djokovic 1-0.

7:49PM: Djokovic 3-1, saves a break point.

Novak is given a time violation, there should really be some leeway in that situation; that wasn't really warranted.

8:01PM: Stunning defense from Djokovic, maintains the lead 4-2.

8:09PM: Djokovic 5-3.

8:14PM: Andy Murray sends it long and Djokovic breaks to even it up in this final. Djokovic 6-3.

Just over four hours played, both players fighting hard; this is going to be really agonizing for the runner-up.

  • FINAL SET

8:22PM: Murray breaks to open the deciding set. Murray 1-0.

8:35PM: Djokovic is broken once again, Murray leads 3-0. This could be the day...

8:41PM: Andy sends a slice wide and gives Novak one of the breaks back. Murray 3-1.

8:51PM: Murray 4-2.

8:56PM: !!! Novak is broken once again... Andy Murray serving for his first Grand Slam trophy at 5-2.

Djokovic calling for the trainer, now taking a medical time-out. Crowd is giving him a bit of grief.

9:01PM: Murray service: 40-0, three Championship points.

9:03PM: 40-15.

9:04PM: Andy Murray is the 2012 US Open Champion (7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2)

9:06PM: Novak tries to rocket a FH winner but it goes long, the drought is over... Andy Murray is a Grand Slam champion. He did it the hard way in a dramatic five-setter beating the defending champ.

Djokovic battled hard but there probably wasn't much in his legs in that last set after playing two hours yesterday.

9:11PM: Djokovic: "It wasn't to be, but I want to congratulate Andy for his first Grand Slam. He absolutely deserves it."

9:12PM: A wry smile from Lendl as he's mentioned in the post-match interview.

9:16PM: This caps off a great summer for Andy, runner-up at Wimbledon, singles Gold and mixed Silver at the Olympics and now his maiden Slam, the US Open 2012.

We will now have to retire those Murray Slam jokes.

Post-Match Discussion

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Ferrer - Resumed (Men's Singles, Semifinal - US Open 2012)

US Open - Men's Singles (Semifinal)

(2) Novak Djokovic vs (4) David Ferrer


Streams: Firstrowsports, Lshunter, USOpen.org, ESPN

Radio: USOpen.org



11:11AM: Resuming the match from yesterday after a severe weather warning, it's a much nicer day today though the stadium is still a bit empty right now.

Not the greatest start for Djokovic yesterday, but one would think he could probably turn it around... we'll see.

  • FIRST SET

11:11AM: Ferrer is leading 5-2, now serving for the first set.

11:23AM: Djokovic sends it long to give David Ferrer the opening set. Ferrer 6-2.

  • SECOND SET

11:32AM: Ferrer broken to love. Djokovic 2-0.

11:41AM: Ferrer broken again, Djokovic runs away to a 4-0 lead.

11:51AM: Djokovic 5-1.

12:01PM: We're square at a set each now. Djokovic 6-1.

  • THIRD SET

12:07PM: Errors abound for the Spaniard, he is broken to open the third. Djokovic 1-0.

12:17PM: Hard fought hold for Ferrer, still down a break. Djokovic 2-1.

12:26PM: Djokovic is broken and it's square again. 2-2.

12:38PM: Ferrer is broken again, Djokovic 4-3.

12:44PM: Djokovic 5-4, Novak serving for the third set now.

12:48PM: Ferrer provided resistance but Djokovic edges it out to take a two sets to one lead. Djokovic 6-4.

  • FOURTH SET

12:53PM: Once again Ferrer is broken in his first service game of the set, Djokovic 1-0.

1:03PM: Djokovic goes up a double break, looking to make his ninth Slam final. Djokovic 3-0.

1:16PM: Djokovic 5-2, now serving for the match.

1:19PM: Djokovic wins (2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2)

1:23PM: A rough day yesterday for Novak, but he turned it around today and was at his best.

He couldn't take out the win, but David Ferrer caps off his best Slam season in his career with two semifinals and two quarterfinals.


1:28PM: We're now set for the final, with Djokovic beating Murray in their previous Slam final at the 2011 Australian Open, and Andy beating Novak in the London Olympics in August.

Novak Djokovic

Champion (5): AO '08, '11, '12 / USO '11 / Wimbledon '11

Runner-up (3): US Open '07, '10 / RG '12

Andy Murray

Runner-up (4): AO '10, '11 / USO '08 / Wimbledon '12

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Match Thread: Djokovic vs Federer (Semi-final, Wimbledon 2012)

Wimbledon 2012 - Gentlemens' Semi-final

Novak Djokovic (1) vs Roger Federer (3)

Streams: Firstrowsports, Lshunter

Radio: Radio Wimbledon

  • Federer leads the head-to-head with 14 to 12
  • Djokovic has won the last three times after Federer's victory at the French Open 2011
  • This is their first ever meeting on grass
  • Djokovic's 9th consecutive Slam semi-final, 3rd best streak of all time (Federer: 23, Lendl: 10)
  • Federer leads tournament in points won on receiving first serves (138 in 5 matches)

1:27PM: Kind of unremarkable play from both guys right now. But Federer gets first break to go 4-2 up.

1:35PM: Federer takes first set 6-3 in 24 minutes.

1:42PM: Djokovic gets the early break, playing much better now. Up 2-0 in the second.

1:50PM: Love service game for Djokovic to go up 4-1 in the second.

2:03PM: Djokovic takes the second set 6-3, we're even at a set a piece. No real flow to the match right now, but it's clear Novak is more comfortable right now.

2:15PM: Djokovic saves break point for 1-1 in the third.

2:29PM: Best rally of the match thus far as Djokovic saves break point at 30-40, 2-3.

2:35PM: Djokovic fights off break points to make it 3-3 in the third. The level of play has picked up.

2:44PM: Federer snuffs out Novak's first break point chance of the set. Fed 5-4.

2:51PM: Federer hits an overhead to break, wins the third set. He's leading 6-3 3-6 6-4.

2:52PM: Novak had 4 unforced errors in the first set, 3 in the second, and 9 in the third.

2:59PM: Novak shanks it, 3 break point chances for Roger coming up. 0-40.

3:00PM: Federer breaks early, up 2-0 in the fourth.

3:03PM: It was 30-30 but Roger holds, now 3-0.

3:08PM: Novak holds. 3-1.

3:17PM: Djokovic saves three break points in a row. Veins of ice, man. Fed 4-2 in the fourth.

3:19PM: Comfortable hold for Federer, up 5-2. The betting odds earlier were paying out Djokovic $1.39 to the dollar; Federer $3.04.

3:23PM: Deuce in this Djokovic service game.

3:25PM: Good hold for Novak, Roger to serve for a place in his first Wimbledon Final in 3 years.

3:27PM: Roger looking a bit edgy in this game, 30-30.

3:29PM: FEDERER WINS

3:32PM: 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3 / Great performance from Federer, who had 31 winners and 10 U.E. for the match. Djokovic's serve was letting him down in the final two sets.

3:38PM: Djokovic finishes at 11000 points after this tournament, if Federer wins the final he will take the #1 ranking (11075 points).

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Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray

The remaining semi-final match between the number one and number four seeded players.

I predict Djokovic in 4 close sets. It will still be very interesting to see how he deals with pressure when those REALLY important points come around. Conisdering he watched Rafa displaying some serious determination, I'm curious to see if Djokovic will be phased.

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Posted on 26 January 2012