January 28, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic became the first man in the Open era to win three consecutive Australian titles when he beat Britain's Andy Murray, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2, in Sunday's final. Little wonder the 25-year-old Serb loves Rod Laver Arena. "It's definitely my favorite Grand Slam," Djokovic said. "It's an incredible feeling winning this trophy once more. I love this court. " Djokovic has won four of his six major titles at Melbourne Park, where he is now unbeaten in 21 matches.
June 12, 2012 |
PARIS - Rafael Nadal was worried. A guy so unflinching, so nearly unbeatable, while sliding and grinding and pounding his way past opponent after opponent at the French Open, got a real case of nerves during the 18 hours he and Novak Djokovic waited for the restart of their rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros. Instead of focusing on how close he was to winning a record seventh French Open championship, Nadal grew increasingly wary of the other possible outcome: a loss in a fourth consecutive Grand Slam final against Djokovic, who was trying to become the first man since 1969 to collect four straight major titles.
September 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - His considerable lead, and a chance at history, slipping away, Andy Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, outlasting Novak Djokovic in a thrilling five-set U.S. Open final Monday. It had been 76 years since a British man won a Grand Slam singles championship and, at least as far as Murray was concerned, it was well worth the wait. Ending a nation's long drought, and snapping his own four-final skid in majors, Murray finally pulled through with everything at stake on a Grand Slam stage, shrugging off defending champion Djokovic's comeback bid to win, 7-6 (10)
January 8, 2013
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus are the top-seeded players for the Australian Open announced Monday. The year's first Grand Slam tournament starts next week. Djokovic is followed by Roger Federer of Switzerland, U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain, and David Ferrer . He replaces fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal , who withdrew because of a stomach ailment. On the women's side, French Open champion Maria Sharapova of Russia is seeded second.
January 26, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting win over Roger Federer. Pain was very much on his mind. The U.S. Open champion defeated Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. But with the clock about to strike midnight, Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
June 26, 2012 |
As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks' time. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, it's tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year's championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday. "They've, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit," said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
August 25, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open for the first time, followed by defending champion Rafael Nadal and five-time winner Roger Federer. The tournament followed the ATP rankings for the men's singles seedings Wednesday. It did the same for the women's seedings, with Serena Williams 28th. Djokovic is having one of the best seasons in tennis history: 57-2 with nine titles, including at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. He is seeking his first championship at Flushing Meadows, where he was runner-up to Nadal in 2010 and to Federer in 2007.
April 6, 2009 |
Andy Murray hit second serves for aces, slipped passing shots through the narrowest openings and rarely made a mistake. It was a performance worthy of a trophy, and Murray became the first Brit to win the Sony Ericsson Open by defeating Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 7-5, yesterday in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Scotsman used his vast repertoire of shots and took advantage of two wobbly stretches by Djokovic, who struggled with the 85-degree heat....
January 24, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - It wasn't just Serena Williams' serve that was missing Monday at the Australian Open. It was her aura, too. Ekaterina Makarova, the lowest-ranked player left in the draw at No. 56, didn't seem the least bit frightened of her error-prone opponent. Williams had seven double-faults and a first-serve percentage of just over 50 - and also threw in 37 unforced errors. Makarova's 6-2, 6-3 win sets up a match with Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinal. Sharapova rallied past Sabine Lisicki, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 before men's defending champion Novak Djokovic fended off Lleyton Hewitt in Monday's last match, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Next up for Djokovic is David Ferrer, a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 winer over Richard Gasquet.
January 28, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - A day after Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in four compelling sets, Novak Djokovic dug deep to overcome Andy Murray, 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 7-5 in the Australian Open semifinals on Friday night in a 4-hour, 50- minute epic. The defending champion, Djokovic will face Rafael Nadal in a third straight Grand Slam final on Sunday. Djokovic won 10 titles in 2011, six of them by beating Nadal in finals. Also on Friday, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva won the women's doubles title, beating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Taylor Townsend, 15, of Stockbridge, Ga., won the junior girls' title, beating Russia's Yulia Putintseva, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Earlier, Townsend and Gabrielle Andrews, also 15, of Pomona, Calif., defeated Irina Khromacheva of Russia, and Danka Kovinic of Montenegro, 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 (tiebreak)