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Showing posts with label Novak Djokovic. Show all posts

Monday 12 September 2016

US Open 2016: Stan The Man Beats Novak For US Open Crown

#USOpen #Tennis 2016
#Mens #Singles Final

#StanWawrinka is the new #USOpen Champion.
In a grueling marathon final against World No. 1 #NovakDjokovic, he had to bring all his strength, courage, stamina and reserves to upstage the legend in 4 sets 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 under the lit Arthur Ashe stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York.

After losing the first set to the defending champion in the tie-break, Stan broke Novak to take the second set and level the scores at 1 set a piece. The third set was another marathon until Stan managed to submit the champion into mistakes for a break of serve. 2-1 and everyone was getting ready for a thriller knowing very well about Novak's back-from-the-brink miracles in the past. However, it was not be. Stan was ready and poised to win his third grand slam and he duly subdued Djokovic to win the match in 4 sets.

This win puts Stan Wawrinka amongst the already growing tough club of men's tennis with Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray already slugging it out against each other on the tour. Great to see new faces especially when the old ones like Fedex and Rafa are beginning to fade away...

The loss ends a rather poor second half of the year for Novak after a brilliant first one.
Shock early loss at #Wimbledon, Early exit from the #Olympics and now this finals loss at #USOpen. He will have a lot to think about as players look ahead to year end championships and 2017.

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Saturday 10 September 2016

US Open 2016: Djokovic Beats Gael Monfils To Meet Wawrinka In Finals

#USOpen2016 #Tennis
#Mens #Singles

#Djokovic's 6-2 3-6 6-2 victory on a sweltering, humid day in NY that left gamers hunched over within the fourth set featured the world No. 1 taking part in a degree with a ripped shirt and showman Monfils getting booed -- perhaps a first in his career -- for his antics. Indeed, after a whole lot had been made about Monfils being greater focused on courtroom this year, his display within the first two units can be regarded a step backwards.

Djokovic will now take on Stan Wawrinka in the US Open remaining after Wawrinka received his semifinal healthy against Japan's Kei Nishikori 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-2.

"The guy is too good," Monfils said. "I simply (had) to change. I think I am gutsy to are trying that against the world No. 1. five love, I show you that I play in a (non) tutorial approach.

"I might not win a fit like that however i will win possibly quarter-hour, two more video games, one more game. i will be able to push him a little bit to also shelter myself ... and put him out of his steadiness. It changed into an outstanding approach, I feel."

"You can't play that well coming right into a semifinal and put in an effort like that for 2 sets," even with the stifling climate, former US Open finalist Greg Rusedski talked about on Eurosport.

Djokovic had developed into the first participant to reach a grand slam semifinal profiting from three retirements and/or walkovers, which he mentioned helped him as he tries to recover from arm, wrist and shoulder accidents. however it's clear he is nevertheless struggling physically.

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Wednesday 31 August 2016

Novak Djokovic Starts His US Open 2016 Campaign In A Shaky Manner


Defending Champion and World No.1 @NovakDjokovic started his #USOpen campaign on a shaky note struggling to get past his low ranked opponent in tough sets. Trying to shrug off his @Rio2016 #Olympics disappointment, he will have a point to prove in the year's final grand slam.

#RafaNadal started steadily and will look to build on the #Rio2016 experience to build form and strength for the upcoming 2017 season.

#RogerFederer and #AndyMurray will open their campaigns and hope to sail through the initial rounds.

In the women's draw, #Serena will look to extend her grand slam run to 23 slams and etch her legend further! Dont see too many troubling her unless she wilts under her own pressure.

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Monday 25 January 2016

Djokovic Stretched To Limit At Aus Open 2016

#NovakDjokovic vs #GillesSimon
#AustralianOpen #GrandSlam #Tennis 2016

It was expected to be a canter for #Djoker, but what transpired at the #RodLaverArena on Sunday night was nothing short of extraordinary. Little known, Gilles Simon stretched the champion to a magnificent 5 setter in Round 3 of the Men's Singles draw winning hearts of millions watching that match worldwide.

After winning the first set rather comfortably, Djoker and Simon wrestled in the second set and it went to a tie-breaker. Simon ran through the tie-break 7-1 (many unforced errors from Novak) to level the set line.

Novak however gained composure to lead yet again, taking the third set 6-4.
However, not to be out done, Simon bounced back to take the fourth with an identical margin 6-4.

The pressure was clearly showing on Novak but he brought all his experience and gritty play to snatch the fifth one 6-3 and progress to the next round.

The gruelling game lasted 4 hours 32 min and the crowd was spellbound by the strokeplay of little known Gilles as he enthralled them with dazzling serves and strokeplay. Djoker made 100 enforced errors and had it been a more accomplished/experienced player, would have been packing bags for that display. 

He now faces Kei Nishikori in the next round.

The Australian Open is heating up as we move into the decisive week of the tournament and players scrambling for Quarterfinal berths!

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Saturday 16 January 2016

Australian Open 2016: Will Novak Achieve GRAND SLAM?

Novak Djokovic vying to complete the GRAND SLAM (all four majors in a row) and dont see anyone stopping him considering his form and class! There is clear daylight between him and the others at the moment. Note that, he had won French, Wimbledon and US Open (bt Federer at the Championships and Flushing meadows) and is looking ominous to go the distance here at the Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park. 
Roger Federer will probably on tour for the last time in his glittering career, trying to add to his 17 Grand Slam titles. Can he add one more? Rafa Nadal is on his way back but loads of injuries and back problems have hampered him for well over an year now. He looks a shadow of his golden prime from 2-3 years ago. Andy Murray looks out of sorts. So, the men's draw seems to petering out into a Djoker vs Fed/Nadal/Murray final.
Serena Williams seems to be hot favorite to win this SLAM in women's draw. While the Russians are always competitive, Serena looks a class apart and will look to go past Steffi Graf's 22 Grand slams.  
In women's doubles, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will look to extend their unbelievable run of successes from 2015. Unbeaten since Wimbledon 2015, they are the golden pair to watch out and grab their third straight GRAND SLAM crown. 
In men's doubles, the Bryan Brothers will look to win this slam easily unless there is some big upset or likes of Leander Paes, Daniel Nestor, Andy Ram pull out something sensational.
All in all, looks like an interesting couple of weeks of action at the first grand slam of the year!

Monday 13 July 2015

Djoker Reigns Supreme, Fedex Age Showing Up

#Djoker mesmerizes #Federer. Wins Clash of the Titans to lift the Wimbledon crown a third time! Who's going to stop him...
Posted by Who Will Win The Cup? on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wednesday 8 July 2015

Two Great Matches One Classic While One Houdini Escape

#Wimbledon 2015

The Championships of 2015 have produced some exciting tennis and results over the last 10 days. Seeds have tumbled, stumbled and mumbled along the way. However, two matches have caught imagination of the crowd and media alike. Both stunners ... one an absolute classic and the other one a lesson in resolute stubbornness!

The Classic
Without doubt, the greatest tennis match at this year's ‪#‎Championships‬ by a distance and we dare say this could go down as an all time classic too! Unfancied Heather Watson pushed top seed and World No.1 Serena Williams to the limit in their Round 3 match at Wimbledon.
After an easy first set to Serena, the match looked dead and buried for Heather. But the second set saw a major turnaround as she started stroking the ball beautifully, chasing every ball down and catching Serena completely off guard. She broke Serena and tied the score at 1 set apiece.
The decider began in favor of Heather again. She raced to a 3-0 lead and Serena for once didn't look like a multiple grand slam champion - tired, frustrated and clueless! But the true champion that she is, she hung on and brought all her experience into play breaking Heather in the next game and the next and tying at 3-3. Momentum shifting towards the champion.
Heather managed to hold her next game and then broke Serena yet again to go 5-4 up! Serving for the match, she needed nerves and temperament to put it past the top player but class of Serena showed as she broke her back and tied things and served beautifully to surge ahead 6-5.
Serving to stay in the match, Heather gave her absolute everything but Serena's overall ability and champion skill broke through her resilience and won an incredible match (Serena admitted this being one of the toughest matches of her career) 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in over 2 hours of breathtaking tennis from the youngster challenging the champ.
Everyone in the crowd was supporting Heather and Serena was feeling that heat throughout. She had words for the chair umpire about crowd behavior distracting her during play.
Nevertheless, Heather will be the talk of tennis for years to come owing to this performance. Well done Heather and she'll definitely come back stronger in other tournaments. Serena marches on to her dream of the calendar grand slam!

The Houdini Escape
If the women produced a gem, the men weren't to be left behind.
Top seed and World No 1, #NovakDjokovic faced super serving #KevinAnderson (South Africa) seeded 13th in a 4th round match. 
Anderson started brilliantly. Much faster, supple and with intent. Although no serves were broken in the first set, Kevin looked stronger and deservedly won the tie breaker to go 1-0 up. Nothing to worry for Novak since he's master of long matches.
The second set began on the same note. Anderson breaking Novak and raced to a lead but Djoker caught up with him at the right time to force another tie-breaker. Once again, it was Anderson who looked better and he went 2-0 up. He was certainly welcoming thoughts of a great upset at Wimbledon. The crowd once again rallying behind the underdog.
But, champions are champions and it showed. Djokovic came out blazing in the third set to demolish Kevin 6-1. This shook up Anderson badly and the Serb No.1 was in his usual backs to wall recovery mode. He demonstrated similar clinical display in the fourth set to tie the match at 2-2.
Kevin was certainly out of it by the time fifth set began. The momentum and ability was with Novak and he kept powering his way through. Kevin hung on though before bad light forced play to stop.
When play resumed the next day, Kevin was hoping a change of momentum but Djokovic had nothing to with it. He powered and won the fifth set 7-5 to clinch a place in the quarterfinals.
Final score
Djokovic bt Anderson 6-7, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 7-5
A typical Houdini escape by Djoker!
Wonderful play from Kevin Anderson and he must have been dejected after being 2-0 up in the match. But, the masterclass he received from World No. 1 should stand him in good stead as he moves his way up in the rankings and future tournaments.

2 great games of tennis. 
Tennis, the winner all the way!

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Monday 29 June 2015

Day 1 - Djokovic Signals His Intent With A Professional Win


The wait was long and it was reaching impatient levels to get the #Championships underway. And so they did under wonderful and sunny #London skies!

Per #tradition, the Men's Singles #defending #champion opened proceedings on #Centre #Court. #Novak #Djokovic, looking in great shape to defend his crown but utterly disappointed by that final loss to #Warinka at #Roland #Garros two weeks ago, walked in to a huge ovation. 

His opponent, Phillip Kohlshreiber, seeded 33 was no easy push over. Phil is known for his stinging backhand and ability to stay in matches for long. He started well too. Although Novak broke him in the third game of the match, he broke back immediately in the next game to level scores at 2-2. The first set saw a see-saw battle and it was Phil who was looking sharper and fitter of the two.

As with champions, they know when to up the game and how to handle pressure situations. Novak did just that. He hung on and then brought in his tenacity and sublime skill to the fore. Game after game, he upped his ante on Phil and won the first set 6-4.

After that it was a matter of time really. Phil began to lose his sting and Novak was waiting for his opportunities to grab crucial points and surge ahead. Sets 2 and 3 went the same way.

Final Scoreline
Novak Djokovic bt Phillip Shreiberger 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Other key games on Centre Court today involve 
#Glam #Doll #Maria #Sharapova
French Champion #Stan #Wawrinka

Important results so far on Day 1
Samantha Stosur beat Daniella Kovinic 6-4, 6-4
Radwanska beat Gallovits-Hall 6-2, 6-1
Nishikori and Bolelli have shared 1 set each
Lleyton Hewitt is fighting to stay in the championship against Nieminen in a gruelling 5 setter.

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