Novak Djokovic

  • Djokovic reaches ATP Finals semis, Nadal showdown still on
    LONDON, November 20 (Reuters): London's farewell edition of the ATP Finals could still have its dream climax after world number one Novak Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 6-3 7-6(4) to seal a last-four spot on Friday. Defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev had left the five-time champion needing to beat Germany's Zverev to avoid a group stage exit and he obliged with a relatively comfortable win. Djokovic will finish second in the Tokyo Group, named after the first edition
  • Djokovic urges government 'support' players over Australian Open preparations
    MELBOURNE, November 19 (Reuters): World number one Novak Djokovic has called on authorities to allow players to compete before the Australian Open while undertaking their mandatory quarantine period. The start of the 2021 season remains in limbo, with officials declining to endorse Tennis Australia's plans to have players arrive mid-December and be free to compete at the ATP Cup and other events ahead of the year's first Grand Slam. Australia is effectively closed to
  • Djokovic in peril at ATP Finals after thumping by mighty Medvedev
    LONDON, November 19 (Reuters): World number one Novak Djokovic had enough on his plate already on Wednesday without marauding Russian Daniil Medvedev pummelling him to a shock 6-3 6-3 defeat at the ATP Finals. Shortly after news broke that Djokovic had been nominated for a return to the ATP player council he had quit in August, he took to court at the O2 Arena hoping to seal his passage into the semi-finals of the prestigious year-ender. Instead his progress out of the Tokyo
  • Djokovic says he's been nominated for return to ATP player council
    LONDON, November 19 (Reuters): World number one Novak Djokovic confirmed on Wednesday that he had been nominated for a return to the player council after resigning in August following his decision to create a separate organisation. The 33-year-old Serb said, however, that the ATP was blocking his path to rejoin. "I've been nominated by my fellow players, I did not pro-actively run for council," Djokovic told reporters after losing to Danill Medvedev at the
  • Djokovic says he has mixed feelings about ending 2020 as number one
    (Reuters): Novak Djokovic has said he had mixed feelings about ending a "strange year" as the world number one for a sixth time after the season was hit hard by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Djokovic won a record-extending eighth Australian Open as well as a record 36th Masters title in Rome, winning four singles titles in all en route to the year-ending number one ranking. The 33-year-old has a 39-3 record in a season that saw numerous tournaments suspended or c
  • Djokovic says no pressure as he bids for sixth ATP Finals crown
    (Reuters): Novak Djokovic said sealing the year-end men's world number one tennis ranking had eased some of the pressure on him as he heads into the ATP Finals and will look to end his season on a high. The 33-year-old is bidding for a sixth crown in the season-ending tournament to go level with Roger Federer and will take on Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his opener on Monday. "Coming into the tournament knowing I already clinched the year-end number one releases s
  • Djokovic clinches sixth year-end No. 1 ranking to tie Sampras
    Reuters Novak Djokovic has sealed the year-end men's world number one tennis ranking for the sixth time to go level with childhood hero Pete Sampras after closest rival Rafael Nadal opted against playing in the ATP Tour event in Sofia next week. Spain's 20-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, ranked second, was the only player who had a chance to stop the Serbian from finishing as the top-ranked player in 2020. "Pete was somebody I looked up to when I was growing up, s
  • Djokovic stalls in GOAT race, but don't count him out
    (Reuters): Little more than a month ago when Novak Djokovic strutted on to Arthur Ashe Stadium to play Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the U.S. Open fourth round, the smart money was on the Serbian one day topping the list of men's Grand Slam title winners. With Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer -- the two men above him in the GOAT (greatest of all time) race -- absent from New York, the door seemed ajar for Djokovic to really start breathing down their necks. A month on,
  • Nadal must scale Djokovic wall to reach Federer record
    PARIS, October 10 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic faces claycourt king Rafael Nadal in a dream French Open final on Sunday with more at stake for the world's two top-ranked players than another Grand Slam title. In one of the sport's greatest rivalries, Djokovic and Nadal have clashed 55 times with the Serbian leading 29-26. But when it comes to clay, there has never been anybody better than 12-times Roland Garros champion Nadal, who has defeated Djokovic in six of their s
  • Djokovic senses opportunity against Nadal
    PARIS, October 10 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic has suffered more than his fair share of heartache against Rafael Nadal at the French Open but Sunday's final offers him a chance to dethrone the claycourt king. The 33-year-old Serb leads their extraordinary rivalry 29-26 but Nadal has won six of their seven clashes at Roland Garros, including the 2012 and 2014 finals. Djokovic won their last encounter on the Parisian clay, however, in the 2015 quarter-finals and believes Sund
  • Djokovic eyes 27th Grand Slam final, Tsitsipas and injuries block path
    PARIS, October 9 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic will be favourite to reach his 27th Grand Slam final when he faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open semis on Friday but what had been a smooth path through the draw has suddenly got a little rocky. After his humiliating disqualification in the U.S. Open fourth round when he inadvertently struck a ball in frustration into the throat of a line judge, Djokovic's French Open campaign has been remarkably uneventful. But after winnin
  • Carreno Busta accuses Djokovic of feigning injury concerns
    PARIS, September 8 (Reuters): Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta accused Novak Djokovic of gamesmanship during their French Open quarter-final on Wednesday as he felt the world number one Serb did not have any genuine health issues despite appearing to battle injury problems. Djokovic, 33, had his neck taped during the match on Court Philippe Chatrier and his movements seemed somewhat restricted during the opening set against the world number 18. He also called the trainer on court to
  • Djokovic sweeps past Galan into last 16
    PARIS (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic continued his imperious progress at the French Open with a 6-0 6-3 6-2 drubbing of Colombian Daniel Galan to effortlessly reach the last 16 for the 11th straight year on Saturday. The 33-year-old was rarely extended by his 153rd-ranked opponent and even found time to double up as a court sweeper when the match was briefly interrupted by rain. Djokovic, like 12-time champion Rafa Nadal, has reached the fourth round without the loss of a se
  • Djokovic wants line judges replaced by technology
    PARIS, October 4 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic's relationship with line officials has been difficult of late and the Serbian risked their wrath again on Saturday when he suggested they were unnecessary. The 33-year-old world number one was dramatically defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round after inadvertently hitting a female line judge in the throat with a loose ball. Now he believes their job should be done by Hawkeye technology. "With all my respect for the trad
  • Easy again for Djokovic as he reaches third round
    PARIS, October 1 (Reuters): Top seed Novak Djokovic barely broke sweat in reaching the French Open third round with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 thrashing of outclassed Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis on Thursday. Some rare sunshine bathed the Court Phillipe Chatrier but it was dull viewing for the few spectators allowed in to watch the 33-year-old glide effortlessly through. The opening set was done and dusted in 22 minutes as Djokovic won the last 10 points and the second set was only margi
  • Djokovic crushes Ymer to start French Open campaign
    PARIS, September 29 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic got his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title back on track as he commenced his French Open campaign with a drama-free 6-0 6-2 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer on Tuesday. Little over three weeks since Djokovic was defaulted in the U.S. Open fourth round for hitting a line judge with a ball, he was a model of self-control as he outclassed the young Swede. Had Court Philippe Chatrier been packed with fans rather than just a smattering on
  • US Open ball incident won't change way I deal with emotions, says Djokovic
    PARIS, September 26 (Reuters): Novak Djokovic said he will not let the ball incident that caused his U.S. Open disqualification affect the way he manages his emotions on court as he makes his Grand Slam return at Roland Garros. The Serbian, disqualified in New York after accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball, bounced back by winning the title at the Italian Open, where his temper got the better of him as he smashed a racket in his quarter-final match. While he said he wou
  • Djokovic will take out frustration on rivals, says Wilander
    Reuters Novak Djokovic will release any pent up frustration from his undignified U.S. Open exit on his opponents during the French Open and is favourite to claim his second Roland Garros title, says former champion Mats Wilander. The 33-year-old Serb looked odds-on to win the title at Flushing Meadows but was defaulted during his fourth round against Pablo Carreno Busta after inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. It was the only blemish in a year in whi
  • Djokovic clinches record 36th Masters title in Rome
    Rome, September 22 (IANS): World number one Novak Djokovic won the men's singles title at the Italian Open after defeating Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in straight sets, three weeks after completing his second Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open. On Monday evening, Djokovic defeated Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to clinch a record-breaking 36th Masters 1000 crown, one more than Rafael Nadal. Entering the summit clash, Schwartzman, 28, was attempting to join 2016
  • Fans fume online as Rome title winners split by 10 euros in prize money
    (Reuters): Organisers of the Italian Open and the tennis Tours came under fire on social media after it emerged that Rome men's champion Novak Djokovic was paid 10 euros ($11.74) more than women's winner Simona Halep. Djokovic, who beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 7-5 6-3 for a record 36th ATP Masters 1000 crown, received 205,200 euros for his triumph while Halep won 10 euros less for sealing the WTA Premier 5 title after Karolina Pliskova retired from the final with in