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Wimbledon: Where the grass is greenest for Novak Djokovic | Tennis News – Times of India

Wimbledon has always come at an important stage of my life and career, says the championLONDON: Nick Kyrgios looked across the net after he won the opening set of Sunday's Wimbledon final. It was business as usual for Novak Djokovic down the other end. The title clash had only just begun, Kyrgios still had Mount Everest to scale. "In best-of-five sets against these guys- Novak and Nadal, even Federer, you win the first set, you still have to climb Mount Everest to get it done," said Kyrgios, who went into the final with a 2-0 advantage in head-to-head counts. "The previous two encounters were best-of-three sets. I won the first set, I was right on top of him." Kyrgios, ridiculously gifted, whose tennis is a delightful mix of power and poetry, aggression and artistry, the roll of thunder...
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Dinner’s on me, but not tonight, Djokovic tells Kyrgios after Wimbledon win | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Novak Djokovic said he would make good on his deal to buy Nick Kyrgios drinks and dinner after beating the Australian to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title on Sunday. The 35-year-old stayed ice cool on a fiercely hot afternoon as he absorbed some early brilliance from maverick Kyrgios to come back from a set down and win 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3). The 27-year-old Kyrgios, who lit up his first Grand Slam final with his unique blend of unique shot-making and verbal diarrhoea, described Djokovic as a God after succumbing in an absorbing three-hour contest. As it happened: Djokovic vs KyrgiosIn the build-up to the final the players, who previously had a frosty relationship, were all peace and harmony with a deal being made for the winner to buy dinner, although Kyrgios had sugges...
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Nadal ignores body language at Wimbledon as Halep eyes semis | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Rafael Nadal has shrugged off fresh concerns over his fitness as he targets a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals on Wednesday. The 36-year-old Spaniard played his last-16 clash at the All England Club on Monday against Botic van de Zandschulp with strapping across his abdomen. Only last month, he won a 14th French Open with his troublesome left foot anaesthetised before undergoing career-saving treatment. "I'm a little bit tired to talk about my body, all the issues that I am having," said Nadal. "I prefer to not talk about that now. "For the moment I am healthy enough to keep going and fight for the things that I want." Nadal is halfway to the first calendar Grand Slam by a man since Rod Laver in 1969. On Wednesday, he will seek to reach the semi-finals for the eighth time wh...
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Wimbledon: Tsitsipas calls Kyrgios a ‘bully’, Aussie terms him ‘soft’ | Tennis News – Times of India

World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas blasted Nick Kyrgios, calling him a "bully" with an "evil side" after an ill-tempered third-round match at Wimbledon on Saturday. The Aussie, who won the testy encounter 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7), responded by saying the Greek was being "soft". Drama and entertainment are never far when Kyrgios is on court. And it proved no different on Court 1 on Saturday. Classic @NickKyrgios.The underarm fake followed by an ace 💥#Wimbledon https://t.co/4mOD8WgB8J— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) 1656828244000Tennis was scintillating throughout the three-hour 17-minute match but it was overshadowed by Kyrgios' histrionics and Tsitsipas losing his cool. It all began with the 27-year-old Kyrgios demanding that his opponent be defaulted after the latter angrily whacked a ball into ...
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Wimbledon loses its usual fervour to war ban, injuries | Tennis News – Times of India

Shorn of big names and points, Djoko, Nadal, Swiatek and Serena will look to bring spark back to the ChampionshipsLONDON: The weather forecast for the championships is cloudy; it's also a reflection of things on the ground. Wimbledon 2022 kicks off on Monday without Russian and Belarussian players and sans the currency of ranking points. The men's top-10 - world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev and compatriot Andrey Rublev are paying the prize for nationality and No. 2 Alexander Zverev is injured - looks significantly tapered. The women's heft will be without last year's semifinalist No. 6 Aryna Sabalenka, French Open semifinalist Daria Kasatkina and No. 20 Victoria Azarenka, all for reasons of flag and country. Roger Federer, the eight-time champion, will miss the tournament for the first time si...
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Tsitsipas sees off Sinner to reach Rome semis after match point drama | Tennis News – Times of India

ROME: Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals of the Italian Open on Friday after beating local hero Jannick Sinner 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 in a match which was stopped for over 10 minutes at match point after a spectator fell ill. World number five Tsitsipas has already won the Monte Carlo Masters this season and reached the last four in impressive style against Italian Sinner, who was in his first ever Rome quarter-final. Next up Tsitsipas will face Alexander Zverev, who made the semis after comfortably seeing off Cristian Garin, the only unseeded player left in the tournament, 7-5, 6-2. It will be the third time in the space of a month that the German will meet the Greek in the last four, with the pair sharing the honours from clashes in Monte Carlo and Madrid. Sinner fired up an enthusiast...
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Djokovic says ‘special’ Alcaraz is a firm favourite for French Open | Tennis News – Times of India

World number one Novak Djokovic heaped praise on newly-crowned Madrid Open champion Carlos Alcaraz, saying that the Spanish teenager is a firm favourite for the French Open later this month. Alcaraz announced himself in Madrid when he played with a sore ankle but still dispatched three top five players -- Rafa Nadal, Djokovic and Alexander Zverev -- en route to his second Masters title, just days after his 19th birthday. Djokovic described Alcaraz as a "complete player" and the "talk of the sport" after the Spaniard won a tour-leading fourth title of the year. "He definitely is special. Already he's breaking a lot of records as a teenager, winning two Masters events this year, a couple of (ATP) 500s. So far he's the best player in the world, no question, this year," Djokovic told report...
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Carlos Alcaraz beats Djokovic to reach Madrid Open final

Rafael Nadal one day. Novak Djokovic the other. The list of victims of Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz keeps growing. And so does the hype over tennis’ newest sensation. After defeating his idol Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday, the 19-year-old Alcaraz rallied to beat top-ranked Djokovic 6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (5) after more than 3 1/2 hours on Saturday to reach the Madrid Open final. Alcaraz converted on his third match point to clinch the victory in front of a raucous home crowd on the Caja Mágica center court. A win on Sunday will give Alcaraz his fourth title this season, the most of any player. He will face defending champion Alexander Zverev or Stefanos Tsitsipas, who met in the late semifinal on Saturday. Alcaraz, the youngest player in the top 10 since Nadal in 2005, has won this...
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Rafael Nadal says he is to return at Madrid Open next week | Tennis News – Times of India

MADRID: Rafael Nadal is to return to competitive action at next week's Madrid Open, a month out from the French Open which the Spanish legend has won 13 times. The 35-year-old resumed training last week after being on the sidelines for four weeks due to a rib injury. He said on social media he wanted to play in the Spanish capital despite being "short of preparation". Nadal picked up the injury in his loss to American Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final on March 22, announcing at the time he expected to be out for between four and six weeks. That defeat ended his perfect 20-0 run to start 2022 which had included winning the Australian Open title. Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev in an epic final in Melbourne after Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia over his Covid vaccination status...
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‘I ran out of gas,’ says Novak Djokovic after Belgrade final defeat | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic was denied his first title of the year on Sunday, the world number one admitting he "ran out of gas" in a three sets defeat to Russia's Andrey Rublev in the final of the Serbia Open. Second seed Rublev won 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 6-0 against the top seed who had been looking to regain winning form before his French Open title defence next month. The Belgrade event in his hometown was only Djokovic's third of 2022 after he was deported from Melbourne - and denied the chance to defend his Australian Open title - after entering the country unvaccinated. However, despite the 20-time Grand Slam winner being let down by his lack of physical form, he remains upbeat for his bid to capture a third French Open crown. "Things are progressing slowly but surely, Paris is the big goa...
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Djokovic enters Belgrade final after fighting past Khachanov | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic reached his first final of the year at the Serbia Open on Saturday after recovering from a set down to beat Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-1 6-2 and described his home support as "phenomenal". The world number one will face another Russian, Andrey Rublev, who defeated Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2, as he bids for a third Belgrade crown, and the 87th title of his career. "As soon as the second set started I was just feeling the ball, particularly the backhand which was not working in the first set," said Djokovic. "The second and third sets were the best two sets of the season for me. I used the crowd energy which was phenomenal, probably the best atmosphere that I played in my entire life." For the third match in a row, Djokovic dropped the first set after losing his serve in ...
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Djokovic celebrates second successive comeback win in Belgrade | Tennis News – Times of India

BELGRADE: Novak Djokovic came back from a set down against a Serbian compatriot for the second successive day to reach the Belgrade semi-finals on Thursday. The world number one saw off in-form Miomir Kecmanovic, ranked at 38 in the world, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Djokovic, chasing a third title at the Serbia Open and a fourth ATP Tour title overall in his home city, will face either third seed Karen Khachanov or Brazilian qualifier Thiago Monteiro for a place in the final. Djokovic had also needed three sets to beat Lazlo Djere in his opening round on Wednesday as he gears up towards the defence of his French Open title in Paris next month. The Belgrade event is only Djokovic's third of 2022 after he was deported from Melbourne - and denied the chance to defend his Australian Open title - after ...
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Djokovic vows to use tough experiences to fuel his season | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic plans to use the challenging experiences he has endured this year due to being unvaccinated against COVID-19 as fuel for the rest of the season, the world number one said on Sunday ahead of his return to action in Monte Carlo. The 20-time Grand Slam champion was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country, having initially been admitted to the tournament despite not taking the vaccine. "I try to be optimistic in life and consider myself a very optimistic, positive person," Serbian Djokovic told reporters. "I take lessons available in every experience, particularly in something as large as what happened in January. "Once I start playing matches... I will obviously have to deal with everything that probably has been dormant in...
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Djokovic expected to defend French Open title as Roland Garros anticipates return to normality | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: French Open organisers said on Wednesday that Novak Djokovic is allowed to defend his title as the tournament prepares to stage what is expected to be the first Grand Slam without any COVID-19 related restrictions since the pandemic broke two years ago. France has lifted restrictions in almost all public spaces - except hospitals, nursing homes and public transports - on Monday, meaning the Roland Garros stadium should be operating at full capacity with Djokovic taking it to the red dirt courts. "As things stand, nothing stands in the way of Djokovic taking part in the French Open," tournament director Amelie Mauresmo told a news conference on Wednesday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country i...
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Novak Djokovic reaches out to Ukrainian tennis star Sergiy Stakhovsky, offers help

Novak Djokovic, 20-time Grand Slam champion from Serbia, reached out to Sergiy Stakhovsky amidst the ongoing crisis and offered help and support as the Ukrainian tennis star fights for his country after Russia’s invasion. After ensuring that his family safely got to Hungary, Stakhovsky returned to Ukraine to defend his country. Stakhovsky doesn’t have any military experience but he says he knows how to handle a gun. On Sunday, Stakhovsky shared screenshot of messages from World No. 2 Djokovic and thanked him for his support, saying Ukraine is grateful to him. “Stako, how are you man? Are you on the field?” Djokovic’s message read. “Thinking of you…hoping all calms down soon. Please let me know what would be the best address to send help, financial help, any other help as well.” “Nole th...
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Djokovic knocked out of Dubai tournament, hands Medvedev world number one ranking | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic lost his Dubai quarter-final and his world number one ranking in one go on Thursday as he suffered a 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) upset at the hands of Czech world number 123 Jiri Vesely. Competing in his first tournament of the season, and first since getting deported from Australia, Djokovic needed to at least reach the semi-finals in the Emirates to try and stop Daniil Medvedev from replacing him at the top of the rankings. But Vesely had other ideas as the left-handed qualifier improved his career record against Djokovic to 2-0 - a result that will see Medvedev become the first man since 2004 outside the "Big Four" - Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray - to occupy the number one ranking on Monday. Djokovic, who has spent a record 361 weeks as the world numb...
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Djokovic to be replaced at No 1 by Medvedev after Dubai loss

Novak Djokovic will fall from No. 1 in the ATP rankings and be replaced by Daniil Medvedev after losing 6-4, 7-6 (4) to Czech qualifier Jiri Vesely in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Championships on Thursday. Djokovic’s latest stay atop the rankings began on Feb. 3, 2020, and his total of 361 weeks there are the most for any man since the tour’s computerized rankings began in 1973. On Monday, Medvedev will move up from No. 2 for the first time and become the 27th man to reach No. 1. He won the U.S. Open last September and was the Australian Open runner-up each of the past two years. Medvedev is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray to be No. 1 since Feb. 1, 2004. HE'S GONNA BE NUMBER 1, BRO 🥇@DaniilMedwed will become the NEW ATP WORLD NO. 1! pic....
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Novak Djokovic eager for Dubai comeback after vaccine controversy | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: World number one Novak Djokovic said he has missed playing tennis on Thursday as he prepares for his comeback in Dubai after the coronavirus vaccine row that kept him from defending his Australian Open title. The Serb, who was deported from Australia over his vaccination status, toured the Serbian pavilion at Dubai Expo, removing his black mask when requested and writing a long message in the visitors' book. "I am excited to go back and play on Monday," he said, referring to the Dubai ATP tournament during brief remarks to media. "I miss tennis after all that has happened." The 20-time Grand Slam-winner has kept a low profile since his deportation last month over his potentially career-changing decision not to take the coronavirus vaccine. Spanish rival Rafael Nadal won the Austr...
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Djokovic gets warm welcome in Dubai before tennis tournament

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic on Thursday received a warm welcome in Dubai, where he visited the world’s fair following the global drama around his decision to remain unvaccinated. After being twice detained and deported from Australia ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam Tournament last month, Djokovic was in the United Arab Emirates for the Duty Free Tennis Championships. “I’m excited to go out on the tennis court next Monday,” he said when asked by The Associated Press how he feels after the recent twists and turns of the legal dispute over his travel visa. “I miss tennis honestly after everything that has happened.” Djokovic this week doubled down on his decision to stay unvaccinated. The No. 1-ranked tennis player said he would skip the French Open, Wimbledon and other tournam...
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Rafael Nadal feels lucky to be part of dominant ‘Big Three’ | Tennis News – Times of India

Rafael Nadal said he was lucky to be part of an era of tennis that included Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic after the Spaniard won a men's record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open to move one ahead of his two great rivals. Nadal roared back from two sets down to edge Daniil Medvedev 2-6 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 in a classic final on Sunday, only months after fearing his glorious career might be over because of a niggling left foot injury. He then paid tribute to Federer, who missed the year's first Grand Slam to continue his rehabilitation from knee surgery and Djokovic, who was deported following a dispute over Australia's COVID-19 entry requirements and his unvaccinated status. "At the end of the day, it's just a game and in some way we achieved more than what we ever dreamed of...