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Djokovic dismisses Dimitrov to reach Australian Open fourth round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic continued his charge towards a 10th Australian Open title with a superb 7-6(7) 6-3 6-4 victory over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov to reach the fourth round on Saturday but fears about the durability of his injured left hamstring only grew.The Serbian, who is eyeing a 22nd major to match Rafa Nadal, looked uncertain in his movement in a roller-coaster opening set where he began with a break, squandered three set points at 5-3 and dropped serve late on before edging a thrilling tiebreak.Novak Djokovic is into the fourth round of the Australian Open for a 15th time!@DjokerNole • #AusOpen • #AO2023 https://t.co/uW86T08L2U— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1674300237000A heavily-strapped but more aggressive Djokovic emerged from a medical timeout and built pressure with his r...
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Fiery Novak Djokovic blasts into Australian Open third round | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic defied rowdy fans and hamstring trouble to haul himself into the Australian Open third round with a drama-filled win over qualifier Enzo Couacaud on Thursday.The Serbian suffered a mid-match wobble before blazing past his 191st-ranked opponent 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-0 on Rod Laver Arena.It was his 23rd straight win on the Melbourne Park centre court as he steps up his quest for a record-extending 10th Australian Open crown.23 and counting 🙌 @DjokerNole https://t.co/O1TrWnReEP— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) 1674129906000In a colourful match, he also had a major moment with the umpire, demanding that a drunken fan be thrown out."He's been drunk out of his mind from the first point, provoking me," he fumed in the fourth set. "What are you going to do about it? Why do...
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Rafael Nadal facing tough test in Australian Open defence | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Rafael Nadal opens his Australian Open title defence Monday feeling vulnerable and against a dangerous young opponent, with women's top seed Iga Swiatek also facing a tricky encounter as she targets a maiden crown.The first Grand Slam of the year kicks off at Melbourne Park with the men's world number one ranking at stake and a new women's champion set to be crowned after Ashleigh Barty's shock retirement following her win last year.Spanish great Nadal, 36, has lost six of his past seven matches, including his opening two this year, ahead of a difficult afternoon clash on Rod Laver Arena against Britain's in-form Jack Draper."Probably one of the toughest first-round (games) possible, being seeded," said the 22-time Grand Slam winner and top seed. "Young, powerful, growing ver...
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Novak Djokovic says deportation drama paved way to success | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic said his controversial deportation ahead of last year's Australian Open proved an unlikely catalyst for success in 2022, allowing him to regroup on the practice court before bouncing back with key titles.The Serb trained hard in the months after he was deported and while barred from competing in the United States for not being vaccinated against COVID-19.He later won his seventh Wimbledon crown and capped a year of disruption by winning the ATP Tour Finals for a sixth time in Turin.Back at Melbourne Park after his visa ban was lifted by the Australian government, Djokovic said missing events due to his vaccination stance had renewed his determination on the training court."Yes, absolutely. I mean, you normally, as a professional tennis player on the highest lev...
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Djokovic faces Carballes Baena, Swiatek meets Niemeier at Australian Open | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Novak Djokovic will begin his quest for a record-extending 10th Australian Open title against Roberto Carballes Baena while top-ranked Iga Swiatek meets Jule Niemeier, following the draw for the year's first Grand Slam on Thursday.Defending champion Rafa Nadal will look for his first win of 2023 when he takes on Jack Draper in his opener, as the Spanish top seed looks to put an injury-hit 2022 and a shaky start to the new season behind him.Nadal won last year's title in an epic final beating Russian Daniil Medvedev, who takes on Marcos Giron first. Second seed Casper Ruud -- twice a runner-up on the Grand Slam stage last year -- plays Tomas Machac.Swiatek, who has largely dominated the women's game after the retirement last year of Australian Ash Barty following her triumph a...
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Djokovic cuts Australian Open practice short over hamstring issue: Reports | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic reportedly cut short a practice match against Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday because of a left hamstring issue, five days before the Grand Slam.The Serbian superstar is back in Melbourne after his deportation last year but required treatment and then ended the knock-about with the Russian after losing the first set.The session at Melbourne Park was supposed to last 75 minutes but was instead curtailed after just over half an hour as a precaution, the ABC and 9News Melbourne reported."It's the hamstring that I had problems with in Adelaide last week," Djokovic said, according to 9News."I just felt it pulling and I didn't want to risk anything worse. I played a set and apologised to him (Medvedev) and he was understanding."I just ...
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Players could play at Australian Open with COVID: Craig Tiley | Tennis News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Players at this month's Australian Open will not be required to take COVID-19 tests and could play even if they had the virus, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Monday.The health policy, which Tiley said reflected what was happening in the wider community, is a marked change from strict protocols which surrounded the tournament over the past two years.The 2021 tournament took place in a biosecure bubble with spectators shut out for several days after an outbreak of the virus in the community, while last year nine-times champion Novak Djokovic was deported because of his stance on vaccines."We just wanted to follow what's currently in the community," Tiley told reporters at Melbourne Park."We have gone a step further by making a recommendation around staying away when yo...
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Novak Djokovic lost sleep to deal with hamstring problem | Tennis News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Novak Djokovic said he worked with his physiotherapist all night to fix a hamstring issue before the Serbian beat Sebastian Korda in the Adelaide International 1 final on Sunday ahead of this month's Australian Open.Djokovic underwent treatment on his left leg during Saturday's semi-final victory over Daniil Medvedev after he hyper-extended his left hamstring while stretching to make a forehand.But the 35-year-old moved freely on the court in Sunday's final before he dug deep to save a match point and seal a 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 6-4 victory."I woke up all right. Went deep into the night last night with work done with the physio," Djokovic told reporters. "Talk with the doctors, as well, of the tournament, etc."There was a lot of care going into today's match about the hamstring. It w...
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Novak Djokovic saves match point to beat Sebastian Korda for Adelaide crown | Tennis News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Novak Djokovic dug deep to save a match point on the way to a 6-7(8) 7-6(3) 6-4 victory over Sebastian Korda in the Adelaide International 1 final on Sunday ahead of this month's Australian Open.A day after he overwhelmed Daniil Medvedev in the semi-final despite sustaining a hamstring injury, Djokovic moved freely on court but was pushed hard by Korda before the Serb made a late charge to deny his opponent a potentially career-defining win.Korda broke for a 5-4 lead in a tense first set and was 40-0 up on serve when Djokovic hit back to level the scores, but the world number five came undone in the tiebreak as the American soaked up the pressure to convert his seventh set point.A fuming Djokovic yelled at and banished two members of his entourage from their courtside seats be...
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Djokovic outclasses Shapovalov in Adelaide to set up Medvedev semi-final | Tennis News – Times of India

ADELAIDE (Australia): Novak Djokovic will face the biggest test of his Australian Open preparations in a blockbuster semi-final with former world number one Daniil Medvedev after the Serbian beat Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4 at the Adelaide International on Friday.Djokovic has been well received on his return to Australia following his deportation on the eve of the Grand Slam last year for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 and the 35-year-old delighted fans by comfortably going up a set and a break.Canada's world number 18 Shapovalov raised his game to draw level at 3-3 in the second set but surrendered his serve after a wayward shot and a double fault as Djokovic surged ahead 5-4 before closing out the quarter-final clash on serve.Top seed Djokovic has won his previous three meetings ...
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Novak Djokovic recovers from shaky start to reach Adelaide International quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: Novak Djokovic overcame a shaky start to beat Frenchman Quentin Halys on Thursday and reach the Adelaide International quarter-finals, stepping up his preparations for the Australian Open.The top seed from Serbia won 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) and will face Canada's Denis Shapovalov in the last eight of the Adelaide International.Djokovic returned to the scene of his 2007 title run on Tuesday with a comfortable straight-sets win over France's Constant Lestienne.He backed that up against Lestienne's doubles partner Halys but was slow to get going, slumping 2-5 in the first set before clinching victory."It was a great performance from my opponent today," said the 35-year-old Djokovic, who is warming up for a tilt at a 10th Australian Open title after missing last year's Grand Slam whe...
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Novak Djokovic set to miss US events amid tightened vaccination requirements | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic is set to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Open ATP 1000 events this year if he remains unvaccinated against COVID-19, after United States authorities said non-nationals will need to have taken their shots to enter the country.A statement from the Transportation Security Administration on Wednesday said the requirement for foreign air travellers to be fully vaccinated against the disease would be in place until April 10.Indian Wells runs from March 6-19 and the Miami Open from March 20-April 2 and Djokovic risks missing the two important hardcourt tournaments if he does not take the vaccine.The 35-year-old Serb was unable to defend his Australian Open crown last year after being deported from that country on the eve of the hardcourt major due to his unvaccinated status.Djo...
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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis to defend Australian Open doubles crown

Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis has confirmed he will partner compatriot Nick Kyrgios to defend their men’s doubles crown at the Australian Open this month. The duo, dubbed “The Special Ks”, became the first wildcard team to win the win the title at Melbourne Park in the professional era. There were doubts whether Kyrgios would play both singles and doubles in the year’s first Grand Slam after he withdrew from the inaugural edition of the United Cup due to injury but Kokkinakis said they would give it a go. “We’ll be playing (at the Australian Open). Doubles is a lot less taxing on the body and mentally it’s a bit easier as well,” Kokkinakis said. “Obviously, singles is our priority but I think it would be rude not to go out there and have fun with it.” Ahead of the Australian Open, whic...
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Djokovic can’t forget being deported but ready to move on in Australia

Novak Djokovic will never forget how it felt to be deported from Australia earlier this year but the Serb said his willingness to return for next month’s Grand Slam at Melbourne Park shows the depth of feeling he has for the country. Djokovic was deported on the eve of the 2022 Australian Open in January for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 and received a three-year travel ban for the country. However, the former world number one’s visa ban was waived in November, opening up a path for Djokovic to target a 10th Australian Open crown and giving him a chance to tie Rafa Nadal’s mark of 22 Grand Slam titles. “You can’t forget those events, it’s one of those things that stick with you,” said Djokovic in his first news conference since returning to Australia. “It stays with you for the ...
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Novak Djokovic hopes for warm welcome on Australian Open return | Tennis News – Times of India

DUBAI: Novak Djokovic is hoping he will receive a warm welcome from the public when he returns to the Australian Open next month, now that the drama surrounding his vaccination status and deportation is officially behind him.A nine-time champion at Melbourne Park, Djokovic was unable to compete in the opening Grand Slam of the season in 2022 after he was deported from Australia over fears he would incite anti-vax sentiment.As a result of his deportation, Djokovic was banned from entering Australia again but that decision has been reversed and the world number five is pleased he will get the chance to vie for a 10th title in Melbourne and a men's record-equalling 22nd major crown overall."I always ask the best from myself so let's see. Over the years I've been really fortunate to start v...
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Dec 04, 2022, 11:44 ISTSource: TOI.inAustralian Open 2023 will run from January 16-29. A year after Novak Djokovic's high-profile deportation from Australia because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19, the 21-time Grand Slam champion is set to be granted a visa to enter the country so he can compete at the Australian Open.Read More Source link
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Alcaraz-Nadal in historic 1-2 in final ATP rankings | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal end the year first and second in the ATP rankings, the first time Spain has had the top two in the final standings. The Spanish duo captured three of the four Grand Slam titles. Teenager Alcaraz won the US Open and Nadal took the Australian and French crowns. Nadal will enter 2023 seeking to add to his record 22 Grand Slam titles though hotly pursued by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic, who is just one behind his great rival. The 35-year-old Serbian finished the year fifth in the rankings but ended with a flourish beating Norway's Casper Ruud to win a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals trophy. Ruud finishes the year third -- displacing Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas -- after a highly successful, if frustrating campaign, in which he reached the French and...
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Novak Djokovic faces Casper Ruud in title match at ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

Norwegian Casper Ruud is all that stands between Novak Djokovic and a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title, after the Serbian former number one beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in the Turin semifinal. The 21-times major champion overcame a barrage of aces from Fritz, outlasting the Indian Wells winner despite having a bad day in his own opinion, and produced fewer errors at the Pala Alpitour to move to within one win of matching Roger Federer's record at the season finale. "I had to fight to survive," the 35-year-old said in remarks provided by the ATP. "I didn’t feel very reactive today or very comfortable... I am very pleased to have overcome this one as I don’t think it was one of my best days with my tennis but I managed to hang in there." Another year, another final. 👏2...
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ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic downs Taylor Fritz to enter final | Tennis News – Times of India

TURIN (Italy): Novak Djokovic remained on course for a record-equalling sixth ATP Tour Finals title after a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (8/6) win over Taylor Fritz in Turin on Saturday. Djokovic brushed off his bruising encounter with Daniil Medvedev the day before to boss the semi-final against the ninth-seeded American. The 35-year-old Serb will face the winner of the second semi-final between Andrey Rublev and Casper Ruud. Victory in Sunday's final will see him equal Roger Federer's haul of six wins in the tournament comprising the top eight players in the world this season. "I had to fight to survive," said Djokovic. "I didn't feel very reactive or very comfortable. I knew coming into today's match from yesterday's gruelling battle against Medvedev, it would take me some time to adjust and find ...
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Djokovic downs Medvedev in thriller to stay unbeaten in ATP Finals | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic stayed unbeaten in the round-robin stage of the ATP Finals as he overcame Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) in a gruelling clash at the Pala Alpitour in Turin on Friday to top the Red Group. Djokovic, who is chasing a sixth title at the season-ending championship to match Roger Federer's record, drew first blood in a tight opening set to take a 5-3 lead and consolidated the break for the early advantage in the match. Trailing 5-4 in the next, the Serbian saved three set points and drew level with a blistering cross-court shot at the end of a 26-shot rally but appeared to struggle physically in losing the tiebreak as he allowed Medvedev back into the match. Having already reached the semi-finals after beating Andrey Rublev on Wednesday, some might have expected ...