NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) — Russia’s Daniil Medvedev grabbed his maiden Grand Slam title by defeating the top-seeded Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the U.S. Open men’s final on Sunday.
In front of the 20-time major singles champion Djokovic, Medvedev showed his confidence and hot form. He won all fifteen of his first-serve points in the opening set and rifled eight aces, keeping the Serbian on the back foot from the first ball of the contest.
The 34-year-old World No.1 tried to come back in the second set, however, apparently, tonight was meant to be the younger Russian.
Medvedev won finally and ended Djokovic’s magnificent Grand Slam run within two hours and 16 minutes.
“I never said this to anybody, but I’ll say it right now. For me, you are the greatest player in history,” Medvedev had kind words for Djokovic after the game.
Also, Medvedev became the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam singles title and the second to claim the U.S. Open title. The Moscow native is the first Russian man to raise the trophy in New York since Hall of Famer Marat Safin in 2000.
During the post-match trophy ceremony, Djokovic addressed the crowd on the verge of tears.
“Tonight, even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy because you made me feel very special,” the Serbian legend said as the crowd erupted. “You guys touched my soul, I’ve never felt like this in New York.”
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic rallied past a vigorous opponent Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the men’s singles final in the U.S. Open here on Friday.
After the tough game, the world No.1 needs just one step further to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in men’s tennis in more than half a century. Australian Rod Laver was the last man to sweep all four majors in a single season (1969).
“I know that people would like to hear me talk about it but there is not much to talk about,” Djokovic said. “There is only one match left all in. I’m going to put my heart and my soul and my body and my head into that one. I’m going to treat the next match like it is the last match of my career.”
The 34-year-old Serbian will next play second-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final.
NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic past Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the men’s singles semifinals in the U.S. Open here on Wednesday.
“When I lost the first set, I managed to forget about it, kind of be in the moment. I was dialed in, locked in from the beginning of the second set. I put my tennis to a different level. It’s been the best three sets I’ve played in the tournament so far, for sure,” Djokovic said.
The 34-year-old Serbian recovered from a slow start before he won the rest of the game.
“It was a great match. A lot of energy on the court, off the court as well,” Djokovic said, “Matteo is a terrific player, an established Top 10 player. Every time we face each other, it’s always a close battle. It wasn’t any different tonight.”
The world No.1 now just needs two wins to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in men’s tennis in more than half a century. Australian Rod Laver was the last man to sweep all four majors in a single season (1969).
LONDON, July 11 (Xinhua) — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won the Wimbledon Championships and his 20th Grand Slam title after beating Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
After the final at All England Club, Djokovic is not only a six-time Wimbledon champion but also a 20-time Grand Slam winner just as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic collects a sixth championship at Wimbledon – and third straight – to go along with nine from the Australian Open, three from the U.S. Open and two from the French Open.
The victory at Roland Garros in Paris last month marked a historical record for Djokovic, who won the Roland Garros title in 2016, making him the first player in the Open Era to achieve the Grand Slam twice.
No man has got three titles within one year since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam in 1969.
“I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London,” said Djokovic.
After collecting trophies at Australian Open, Roland Garros in Paris, and the title at All England Club, Djokovic finished three-quarters of the way to a calendar-year Grand Slam, with only the U.S. Open remaining.
“I definitely give it a shot. To my team, friends and family, I really appreciate their patience,” said Djokovic.
At All England Club, this is Djokovic’s 30th major final, and it’s Berrettini’s first.
LONDON, July 9 (Xinhua) — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is one victory away from his 20th Grand Slam title as the Serbian beat Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3), 7-5, 7-5 in the men’s singles semifinals at the Wimbledon Championships on Friday.
Djokovic, 34, had a game broken first in the opening set but was resilient enough to revenge the dropped points.
Shapovalov, 22, kept playing aggressively in the second set but was upset by the seasoned defending champion with a break in the 11th game.
“He was better for most of the second set, had a lot of opportunities and just didn’t manage to close it out when he needed to,” said Djokovic. “In important moments I think I probably held my nerves better than he did and just make him play an extra shot, make him do an unforced error, which was the case.”
If Djokovic wins the final on Sunday, he will be not only a six-time Wimbledon champion but also a 20-time Grand Slam winner just as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“It would mean everything. That’s why I’m here. That’s why I’m playing. I imagined myself being in a position to fight for another Grand Slam trophy prior to coming to London. I put myself in a very good position,” said Djokovic.
Djokovic’s last opponent here is Matteo Berrettini as the Italian seventh seed outplayed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-3, 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-4.
Berrettini, reaching a Grand Slam final for the first time, said he was quite confident ahead of the semifinals. “I knew that I could win the match. I think I played my best so far. So I’m really happy for my performance.”
LONDON, July 5 (Xinhua) — 39-year-old Roger Federer and 34-year-old Novak Djokovic both marched into the men’s singles quarterfinals at Wimbledon on Monday.
Federer traded blows with his 26-year-old opponent Lorenzo Sonego of Italy in their first 10 games, before the roof of Centre Court was closed due to rain. The seasoned Swiss then broke serve in the 11th game right after play resumed.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner had everything under control after winning the first set 7-5, reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the 18th time by taking the following two sets 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic, aiming for his 20th Grand Slam title, was equally formidable. He saw off 25-year-old Cristian Garin 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in less than two hours. The Serbian has only lost one set in his first four matches at Wimbledon this year.
“I am happy particularly with the match today,” said Djokovic. “After the third round, it was kind of up and down for me. Today was a very solid performance from the first to last point. I was mentally present. I was serving much better, using the court well.”
Djokovic will face unseeded Marton Fucsovics, after the 29-year-old Hungarian edged Russia’s fifth seed Andrey Rublev in five sets.
Federer will play the winner between second seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia and 14th seed Hubert Hurkacz from Poland on Tuesday, as their last 16 match was suspended due to rain in the fourth set.
In the women’s singles, local hopeful Emma Raducanu retired while trailing Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 and 0-3.
The 18-year-old wildcard, whose mother is Chinese, won three matches in a row in her first Grand Slam and forced a tight encounter with 28-year-old Tomljanovic in the first set. Raducanu was clearly suffering the beginning of the second set as she kept touching her stomach and her face became pale.
After assessment by medical staff, the umpire announced that Raducanu would not continue.
Tomljanovic will now face her compatriot Ashleigh Barty, as the world number one defeated French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-3.
Former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber of Germany beat American teenager Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-4.
LONDON, June 28 (Xinhua) — Defending champion Novak Djokovic came back from one set down to beat British teenager Jack Draper in the men’s singles first round at the Wimbledon Championships on Monday.
After two years of waiting as the prestigious Grand Slam was cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the roofed center court welcomed the opening match between world No.1 Djokovic and wild card player Draper on the first competition day of the main draw.
The 19-year-old Draper was bold enough to break in the third game and took the first set 6-4. But the 34-year-old Serbian with 19 Grand Slam titles was too strong for the youngster. Djokovic came back on track to win the following three sets 6-1, 6-2 and 6-2.
“It feels great seeing everyone and being back on the most special, or sacred, tennis court in the world,” said Djokovic during the on-court interview. “It has been very difficult times for everyone but I’m very glad the sport is back.”
Djokovic awaits the winner between Kevin Anderson of South Africa and qualifier Barrios Vera from Chile.
PARIS, June 13 (Xinhua) — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic lifted his second Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy, also his 19th Grand Slam triumph by taking down Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the Roland Garros final on Sunday.
The victory set a historic record for Djokovic, who won the Roland Garros title in 2016, making him the first player in the Open Era – and only the third player in history – to achieve the ‘Grand Slam’ twice. In addition, the victory narrowed his gap with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the list for most major men’s singles titles to one.
After overcoming the noticeable biggest test in his journey by conquering 13-time champion Nadal in a four-set classic, Djokovic won a place in the final.
Facing the heavy pressure of having Djokovic, the Greek player controlled the first two sets with his powerful serve. However, The Serbian started his comeback in the third set as he stepped inside the baseline while launching smart drop shots to keep his opponent wondering. Djokovic claimed a crucial service break after an 11-minute game, with Tsitsipas saving four break points but failing to halt the world No. 1.
The turning point encouraged Djokovic. After taking a 4-0 lead with a double break, Djokovic dominated the fourth set by dropping only three points on his own serve, finishing the battle in just 39 minutes.
Djokovic, who never encountered a break point after the second set, continued to triumph in the fifth set even though Tsitsipas did not give up struggling. Cheered by the crowd, Tsitsipas saved three break points across two of his service games, but he ultimately lost hope after dropping serve at 2-1, only to witness the Serbian to grab his 19th Grand Slam crown after four hours and 11 minutes.
“I have played almost nine hours over the last 48 hours against two great champions, it was really tough physically over the last three days, but I trusted in my capabilities and knew I could do it,” said the 34-year-old Djokovic.
Tsitsipas admired Djokovic as a great champion. “I am inspired by the things he has achieved and I hope one day I can maybe do half of what he has done so far,” he said.
PARIS, June 9 (Xinhua) — World No.1 Novak Djokovic will face archrival Rafael Nadal for a record 58th time in their careers after the duo both progressed from the quarterfinals at the French Open on Wednesday.
The Serbian defeated ninth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-5 in the night session at Roland Garros to secure his 11th final-four appearance in Paris, while defending champion Nadal overcame Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 to reach the clay-court major semifinals for the 14th time.
The high-profile showdown between the pair, who have faced each other more times than any other players in history, will be staged on Friday as a repeat of last year’s final.
“I’ll probably pick Rafa as the biggest rival I’ve ever had in my career,” top seed Djokovic said of the 13-time French Open champion.
“The anticipation for the match against him, any match, any surface, any occasion, is always different from any other. Let’s have a great battle,” the 34-year-old added.
Although Djokovic holds a narrow lead of 29-28 in their overall rivalry which stretches back 15 years, the Spaniard remains the king on clay, as he dominates their French Open meetings 7-1, and 19-7 overall on clay.
The two greats most recently played each other in the Rome final on May 16, when Nadal won his 10th title in the Italian capital to equal Djokovic’s record of 36 ATP1000 Masters crowns.
The Serb’s last win over Nadal on clay was also in Rome, but that was five years ago.
“The quality and the level of tennis that I’ve been playing in the past three, four weeks on clay – Rome, Belgrade, and here – is giving me good sensations and feelings ahead of that match,” Djokovic said. “I’m confident. I believe I can win, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”
The 2016 French Open champion is bidding to win his 19th major title to close the gap to Nadal and Roger Federer, who both have 20 major wins, on the list of men’s Grand Slam winners. Meanwhile, Nadal is striving for a record 21st to break the tie with Federer.
“Of course, the numbers are just amazing. But I can’t think about that now, honestly. Let’s talk about that when I finish my career. Now is a moment to be happy,” said Nadal, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday.
“I am not the one to talk about myself. I can’t avoid that I have great numbers here at Roland Garros. [The way] that commentators think about me is something that I am proud of. It’s an honor for me,” the third seed added.
The other men’s semifinal will see Greece’s 22-year-old Stefano Tsitsipas take on sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany.
In the women’s draw, world No.18 Maria Sakkari stunned defending champion Iga Swiatek 6-4, 6-4 to become the first Greek woman to make the last four at a major. She will face 33rd-ranked Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic for a place in the final, as the latter knocked out American teenager Coco Gauff 7-6(6), 6-3 to clinch a place in the semifinals.
Russia’s 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will tackle unseeded Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the other semifinal.
BELGRADE, April 21 (Xinhua) — World number 1 Novak Djokovic beat Kwon Soon-woo in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, on Wednesday in his first match at the Serbia Open in his hometown of Belgrade.
Djokovic easily overcame the South Korean in less than 90 minutes to qualify for the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 tournament, which was reinstituted this year after a pause of 8 years.
In the next stage, Djokovic will face compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic who defeated Arthur Rinderknech.
World number 10 Mateo Berrettini also qualified for the quarterfinals by beating Marco Cecchinato.
The prize money for the tournament, played at the Novak Tennis Center in Belgrade until April 25, is 650,000 EUR.
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