Friday, 29 July 2011

Novak Djokovic To be Honoured In Montreal

Rogers Cup presented by National Bank Tournament Director Eugène Lapierre is pleased to announce that the ATP will organize a special ceremony to honour the new World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Monday, Aug. 8 at 5:30 p.m.

We are thrilled that Novak will celebrate his world No. 1 ranking here in Montreal, said Eugène Lapierre. It is just the right fit as it was also here that he first showed his great talent to the entire world in 2007 when he took out the top three players in the world at the time, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the Rogers Cup. His astonishing results this year, with only a loss going into August, positions him among our sport's great champions. 

Djokovic, who has won 48 of his 49 matches in 2011, took over the No. 1 position on the South African Airways ATP Rankings on July 4, replacing Rafael Nadal, who had held the top spot since June 7, 2010.Nadal had beenNo. 1 for the previous 56 weeks and 102 weeks overall. Djokovic, who was ranked No. 2 behind Nadal since March 21, is the first Serbian male to rank No. 1 in the history of South African Airways ATP Rankings (since Aug. 23, 1973). The last player to rank No. 1 before Nadal and Roger Federer was American Andy Roddick, the week of January 26, 2004.

The ceremony will precede the evening session which promises to be rich in emotion, as organizers are also planning the induction of the legendary Jimmy Connors into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame before second match, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Courtesy: Oyetimes

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - Arthur Ashe Kids Day @ The US Open

Rafael Nadal and Kim Clijsters, world #1 ranked Novak Djokovic, former US Open Champion Andy Roddick and the 2010 US Open Wheelchair Champion David Wagner will team up with actor Bradley Cooper, New York Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony, and pop star Cody Simpson at the 16th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess Saturday, August 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.Hosted by TV personalities/actors La La Anthony and Quddus, the show will feature more musical guests and tennis stars set to be announced in coming weeks.  The popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and adults alike – including interactive games, musical entertainment and tennis activities – will also feature performances from up-and-coming stars including Girls Nite Out, Action Item, Jacob Latimore and Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band.  Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will kick off the 2011 US Open, which runs from August 29 – September 11.

The rest of the story is here

Novak Djokovic - The Era That He Slew

Courtesy: Washington Times

From 2003-2010, Roger Federer and then Rafael Nadal dominated men's tennis. Novak Djokovic's dream season has put an end to those days.Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2011—When Roger Federer began tearing up the tennis world, only one question was on everyone's mind: how long would it be before he dominated so completely as to win the Grand Slam? When Rafael Nadal started reeling off his string of French Open titles, the collective human mind switched to pondering how long it would be until any player could beat Nadal on clay, opening the door for Federer to reach his goal. When Nadal started to defeat Federer on hard court and grass as well, speculation took off as to how long it would take for Nadal to completely overcome Federer and win the Grand Slam himself.

But it is a cruel irony, as we look back at those years, the talk of 2003-2010, and see that neither Federer nor Nadal has joined Don Budge and Rod Laver in the exclusive group of men who have won the Grand Slam. Crueler still is the fact that the best shot at seeing a Grand Slam in the next five years, hinges not on Nadal nor Federer.

No, the best hope for a Grand Slam is centered squarely on the shoulders of Novak Djokovic. As has been well documented, Djokovic is in the midst of a near-perfect season. He won his second Australian Open title in January, starting a 41-match winning streak that lasted deep into the French Open, ending only after a defeat at the hands of Federer in an epic semifinal. Djokovic then proceeded to claim his first Wimbledon crown and the title of World No. 1, rolling over Nadal in the final after avoiding a rematch with Federer.

Roger Federer: Too old at 30?

Roger Federer: Too old at 30?

Now, Federer is written off as old at nearly 30. Nadal isn't dismissed to the same extent, but is criticized for not seeming to play with the same energy and intensity as he did pre-injuries. Neither premise is particularly valid. Why would Federer, acknowledged as the greatest player of all-time, burn out so suddenly? And Nadal, even when considering his incredibly injury-conducive style of play, done for at 25?

That Djokovic has performed so well as to inspire these attitudes about the two greatest tennis players of his time is nothing short of a miracle. To step in with a performance dominant enough to produce a bounty of doubt about a man with 16 major titles to his name, and another previously on pace for even more, is simply unheard of.

In 2007, when Djokovic came to prominence after taking out the top three players in the world— Andy Roddick, Nadal, and Federer—in a row at a US Open Series event in Toronto, he was merely described as a rising player who would be stuck in the shadows of Federer and Nadal.  Even when he backed up his performance that summer by making it all the way to the 2007 US Open final, he was still dismissed. But he merely became better and better. It seems simple, but the simplicity is what has made Djokovic's accomplishments stand out to the extent that they have. He quietly hijacked a decade that was supposed to be dominated by two others. The 2011 US Open will seal his case should he win it for his third major of the year. For better or for worse, Novak Djokovic represents the future of tennis, even if his rise still seems too meteoric to be true.

Rafa & Novak Playing Doubles In Montreal (although not together)

Thank God, after last years mess up in Toronto that I was witness too. 

Courtesy: TenBalls

Montreal, July 27, 2011 – Rogers Cup presented by National Bank Tournament Director Eugène Lapierre

announced today the doubles entry list for the 2011 tournament. This year's draw will be very strong as the top

eight teams in the world as well as five Top 10 players have confirmed their entry.

The top-ranked Bryan brothers will be back to defend the title they won last summer in Toronto. Meanwhile,

Canadian Daniel Nestor and his partner, Max Mirnyi of Belarus will be seeded second. Several players have decided

to team up with their compatriots. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will team up with Janko Tipsarevic, Rafael Nadal will

play with Marc Lopez, Gilles Simon will make up an all-French team with Richard Gasquet and two-time defending

Rogers Cup champion Andy Murray will partner with his brother, Jamie Murray. In addition, Gael Monfils and Jo-

Wilfried Tsonga have entered alongside Pablo Andujar and Stanislas Wawrinka, respectively.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - No To Mexico Exhibition Match

Hey guys,i have seen you were wondering whether i will play exhibition in Mexico at the end of the year. I am sorry to disappoint you,the rumours were false:(Nevertheless,i would love to come to Mexico,i heard it is beautiful there.Any places to recommend?:)

Taken from Novak's Official Facebook

Novak Djokovic - Milanello video

Courtesy: Maestr021channel

Novak Djokovic & Caroline Wozniacki

Was hitting with Caro @CaroWozniacki today. My neighbour can hit the ball STRONG :-) Monaco RULES ;-) Caro,thanx for giving me some confidence! :-))))

Watch out Jelena!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - Lunch With AC Milan - Video

Great little video here of No1e having lunch with the AC Milan players when he dropped in on the team last week.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal in Mexico

I have found a little more information. I have copied the original translation (for those who speak Spanish) & the Google translation. 

Los actuales dos mejores jugadores de tenis del mundo, el serbio Novak Djokovic y el español Rafael Nadal, deleitarán a los capitalinos aficionados al deporte blanco con una exhibición que ofrecerán en octubre o noviembre próximos en un escenario por definir entre el Zócalo de la Ciudad de México y la plaza del Monumento a la Revolución.

Novak Djokovic tiene dos años menos de experiencia en el circuito de la ATP que Rafael Nadal, pero eso no lo limita para jugarle de tú a tú y protagonizar esta temporada una de las rivalidades más fuertes en el tenis.

La Secretaría de Turismo del Distrito Federal, a cargo de Alejandro Rojas, ya recibió la confirmación de los representantes de ambos tenistas para jugar en la Ciudad de México en un evento que servirá de promoción de la capital y que se denominará "El partido por la Paz".

A decir de Rojas, el Jefe de Gobierno Marcelo Ebrard quiere que a través de esta presentación se proyecte al mundo una imagen segura y pacífica de la Ciudad de México.

Ebrard será quien tenga la última palabra para definir el lugar donde se montará la cancha en la que se enfrentarán Nole, campeón de Wimbledon y número uno del mundo, y Rafa, monarca en Roland Garros.

"Ya hay un compromiso previo, un sí de parte de ellos, incluso me dicen que Nadal está muy optimista y deseoso de venir a la Ciudad de México. Lo único que podemos decir ahorita es que ellos vienen", aseveró Rojas.

"Los dos tenistas más grandes del mundo actualmente vienen a la ciudad más grande del mundo, a la Plaza más grande de Latinoamérica. Esto sería entre octubre y noviembre, dependiendo de la agenda de los jugadores. Además, como es una exhibición, no requieren tanta preparación y no van a competir", añadió el funcionario.

Rojas no reveló el monto del pago de garantías que exige todo tenista profesional ni el costo total de la organización, pero afirmó que los gastos correrán por cuenta de patrocinadores y que el GDF se encargará básicamente de logística, seguridad y promoción.

El Zócalo capitalino estuvo contemplado en febrero de 2009 como sede de un Derby de Jonrones previo al Clásico Mundial de marzo de ese año, pero finalmente el evento no se realizó por falta de permisos.

The current two best tennis players in the world, Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal and Spanish, will delight the capital's white sports fans offer an exhibition in October or November next on stage to define between the City's Zocalo Mexico and the plaza of the Monument to the Revolution. Novak Djokovic is two years less experience in the ATP Rafael Nadal, but that does not limit you to play you one on one and star in this season one of the strongest rivalries in tennis. The Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, by Alejandro Rojas, and was confirmed by representatives of both players to play in Mexico City at an event that will serve to promote the capital to be called "The Party for Peace ". To say Rojas, Head of Government Marcelo Ebrard wants through this presentation is projected to the world a safe and peaceful image of Mexico City. Ebrard is who has the final word for the place where the court is to be mounted where they will face Nole, Wimbledon champion and world number one, and Rafa, king at Roland Garros. "There's a prior commitment, a yes from them, I even say that Nadal is very optimistic and eager to come to Mexico City. All we can say right now is that they come," said Rojas. "The two world's largest players now come to the largest city in the world, the largest square in Latin America. This would be in October or November, depending on the agenda of the players. Moreover, as is an exhibition not require much preparation and will not compete, "he added. Rojas did not disclose the amount of payment guarantees, demanding professional tennis player or the total cost of the organization, but said that the expenses borne by sponsors and the GDF is basically responsible for logistics, security and promotion. The Zocalo was laid in February 2009 to host a Home Run Derby before the World Baseball Classic in March of that year, but eventually the event was not held due to lack of permissions.

Original article here

Friday, 22 July 2011

Novak Djokovic & AC Milan

Looking good there No1e

Courtesy: Urby28

Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic - Exhibition Match in Mexico City

So far all I can find is this Tweet:

JamesLaRosa Novak Djokovic & Rafael Nadal to play an exo in Mexico City in Oct or Nov. Como se dice "tennis porn" en espanol?about 14 hours ago by James LaRosa

Hopefully more news will be available soon

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - Facebook Fan Page

I have found another great No1e Facebook page that I would like to share with you.

Novak Djokovic Fan Club RS

They have the full article from the Serbian version of Hello Magazine.

Check it out.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - More St Tropez Photos

Enjoy :-)

Novak Djokovic - Shows Us His Ball Skills

Courtesy: Daily Mail

As the newly-crowned World No.1 men's tennis player, Novak Djokovic is known for his ball skills.

But the Serbian star showed he's just as nifty with a football as he played in the Mediterranean yesterday.

Following his stunning season, the 24-year-old treated his girlfriend Jelena Ristic to a 
 sunshine break on the French Riviera.

On your head son: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic plays with a football as he holidays in St Tropez

On your head son: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic plays with a football as he holidays in St Tropez
Flirty: Djokovic appeared in a playful mood with his blonde girlfriend Jelena Ristic

Flirty: Djokovic appeared in a playful mood with his blonde girlfriend Jelena Ristic

Looking tanned and relaxed, the devout Orthodox Christian played with his blonde partner and their dog in the sea.

He recently hinted the couple are hoping to wed after noting improvements to married tennis players.
He said: '“It might even be good for my game. I have a feeling Roger Federer was much more relaxed after he got married and became a father. Maybe I’ll find the same experience.
Wedding bells? Djokovic has hinted he may marry his girlfriend

Wedding bells? Djokovic has hinted he may marry his girlfriend
Swimming lessons: Djokovic lifted his girlfriend out of the water

Swimming lessons: Djokovic lifted his girlfriend out of the water

His break comes less than two weeks after he knocked Spaniard Rafael Nadal off the top of the world ranking when he clinched the Wimbledon title.

Earlier this month,he was treated to a royal reception when he was greeted by 100,000 Serbians in Belgrade.

'This is absolutely unbelievable and I owe all of you eternal gratitude for this reception,' an elated Djokovic said as he held aloft the trophy. 

Furry friend: The couple shared a laugh as they held their dog aloft the water

Furry friend: The couple shared a laugh as they held their dog aloft the water

'The time has come to bare all my emotions to you and all I can say is that you are the best in the world because only Serbian fans can throw a party like this. You have made the happiest day of my life even better and I dedicate this trophy to you.

'We have a soul that is second to none and with the team event coming up, I can promise you we will do everything in our power to win it all again.'

Djokovic and his two younger brothers then joined rock, pop and folk bands on stage as fans lit flares and waved Serbian flags.

The frenzy culminated when Djokovic and his family engaged in a traditional Serbian folk dance as fireworks lit the skies above Belgrade.  

Jubilant: Djokovic holds the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships

Jubilant: Djokovic holds the winners trophy after defeating Rafael Nadal in the men's singles final at the Wimbledon tennis championships

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Monday, 11 July 2011

Novak Djokovic - Can Anyone Stop Him?


Can anyone stop Djokovic?

Sun Jul 03 06:56PM

Novak Djokovic confirmed his place at the top of the world rankings by beating the outgoing world number one Rafael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon title.

It was a neat way to wrap up the change in the rankings, which will come into affect on Monday morning when the new list is released, in a way that Nadal winning would not quite have been.

But it also got Tramlines thinking: if Djokovic can keep this level of play up, can anyone stop the Serb?

The 24-year-old, as we all know, has lost just one match in the last six months. It took an sublime performance by Roger Federer to stop Djokovic at the semi-final stage of the French Open but apart from that no-one has really come close.

Sure Nadal took a set off Djokovic in the final at the All England club but, whilst that third set did see an increase in quality from the Spaniard, it also unequivocally saw in increase in errors and decrease in winners from the Serb.

In first set set, Djokovic was 9-2 in his winner-unforced errors stats, in the second he was 13-2 and then in the third 3-4. In the fourth, by the way, he was 4-4.

Just for the record, Nadal was also fairly impressive (7-4, 6-4, 3-1 and 4-5 in each of the four sets respectively), just not as impressive as Djokovic.

And therein lies the problem, Djokovic clearly has all the skills to be top of the world (he always has) but now he has the mental strength as well.

He appears to have the edge over Nadal after five straight wins in finals over the Spaniard and with Federer undoubtedly more sporadic than he ever has been before in his level of play, it's going to take a great run by someone unexpected to stop Djokovic. Assuming he doesn't suddenly lose this confidence and stop winning.

Andy Murray was nowhere close to Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January earlier this year, and Juan Martin Del Potro was undone when their match was spread over two days at the French Open, although it would have been interesting to see what the Argentine could have done after taking that second set had they been able to play on.

But even a one-off inspired performance is apparently not able to stop Djokovic now; such is the Serb's supreme confidence. He has brushed off that defeat to Federer in Paris with apparent ease and has bounced back to win his first Grand Slam away from Melbourne.

Having also reached the final at the US Open last year, who would bet against Djokovic going one better in September this year?

He may have fallen one short of equalling John McEnroe's record 42-match winning streak at the start of the 1984 season but maybe we should start thinking about Djokovic equalling McEnroe's 82-3 win-loss ratio of that same year. Or Roger Federer's 81-3 win-loss ratio in 2005.


Apparently not all of the fans on Centre Court were scintilated by the level of play between Djokovic and Nadal!

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