NEW

Kvitova against closed door majors

Petra Kvitova said yesterday that she didn’t like the idea of majors being played behind closed doors which is what the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening.

Djokovic has been practising, in secret

Novak Djokovic has been keeping his eye on the ball over these past two months, practising every day on a private court in Marbella with his brother, Marco, as the coronavirus pandemic prevented him from returning to his homeland, but he kept his training quiet so as...

Basilashvili arrested and charged

Georgia’s top player, Nikoloz Basilashvili, 28, has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife Neka Dorokashvili in front of their five-year old child, Lukas, having first been arrested in Tbilisi on Friday the 22nd May, when allegedly the incident took place.

Unsanctioned events popping up all over

Unofficial pro events continue to proliferate as the Credit One Bank Invitational on Daniel Island in South Carolina is scheduled to get underway on 23 June and Novak Djokovic announces a series of matches to run from 13 June to 5 July in the Balkan region.

Will there be a US Open or Roland Garros this year?

On the day when the French Open should be getting underway, speculation as to the fate of this year’s US Open continues to grow, with all sorts of scenarios apparently under consideration, but with the coronavirus pandemic still prevalent around the world, the odds on...

Four-time Grand Slam winner Ashley Cooper dies at 83

Four-time singles grand slam champion, Ashley Cooper, who was born on 15th September, 1936, died in Brisbane on 15th May after a long illness, aged 83.

Osaka passes Serena Williams earnings

Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams by setting a new record for most money earned by a female athlete over a 12-month period, according to forbes.com on Friday, who stated the Japanese made $37.4 million in earnings and endorsements, $1.4 million more than the...

Tributes flood in for ‘inspirational’ Cathie Sabin OBE

The first female president of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Cathie Sabin, has died of cancer in a Shrewsbury hospice at the age of 73.

Mayor recognises Djokovic contribution to city

Novak Djokovic has spent the last two months locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic with his family in Marbella, Spain, a destination he often visits and is familiar with, and is now receiving recognition from the city’s Mayor, Angeles Munoz, who has thanked the...

Tennis set to resume in Scotland

Following a statement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Thursday, non-contact sports, including tennis, golf, fishing and bowls, will resume in Scotland from next week in a planned relaxation of lockdown measures in the country.
Tennis News, Tennis Results, Live Tennis Scores & Interviews

London | Djokovic keeps up the pressure

NOVAK Djokovic, tennis’ Mr Bendy, stretched his way to the edge of the Nitto ATP Finals semis when he overcame Alexander ‘Sascha’ Zverev 6-4 6-1 in an hour and a quarter.

I am relying on my flexibility a lot. I was fortunate to be surrounded with people who emphasised the importance of stretching and it has paid off. Mr Bendy? That’s a first. Novak Djokovic

But the tournament favourite, who relied on his ability to do the splits on a number of occasions, played down talk that he was in “breath-taking” form.

“I don’t think it was breath-taking tennis but a win is a win,” said the world No.1 searching for his sixth title at the end-of-year event involving the world’s top eight.

“I played well mid-way through the second set and started to swing through the ball.

“I had not served that well but he made a lot of unforced errors (33 in all) which helped me to win.

“It seemed like Sascha was not feeling really great, definitely not playing well, especially from the back of the court. He made a lot of errors. It wasn’t a great quality tennis match, to be honest, at least from the court.

“I am relying on my flexibility a lot. I was fortunate to be surrounded with people who emphasised the importance of stretching and it has paid off. Mr Bendy? That’s a first (in terms of being called it by courtside interviewer Annabel Croft for the BBC).”

Serial Grand Slam champion Djokovic, has made a remarkable comeback in the second half of the year after rediscovering his mojo.

And the fact the Wimbledon champion poured cold water on superlatives being handed out by former British aces Tim Henman and Andrew Castle, talking on the BBC just might have been a case of false modesty.

It was a tight, muscle-wearing first set but the match turned on its eighth game.

Zverev, the German third seed, held a break point but Djokovic recovered, held and then broke his 21-year-old  opponent, the biggest rising star in the game.

Zverev managed to hold his first serve in the second but it was downhill from there as Djokovic turned on the gas.

Zverev said: “Obviously I had chances in the first set. If I break him at 4-All, we’ll see where the match goes. I think the match was much closer than the score says. For sure I feel that way. It happens. I got one more group match to play here. We’ll see how that goes. Hopefully I still give myself the best chance to be in the semifinals.”

Henman said: “In the two sets, Djokovic only made 10 unforced errors. It’s not like he’s just rolling the ball into the court. He is playing at such a consistently high level. He dominated the last five games. I think he only lost two or three points. It is a solid performance and puts a big marker down to the rest in the competition.

Castle said: “This was from a guy [Djokovic] who was nowhere. He was a lost soul in the last two years after winning the French Open in 2016. He had won everything. But he is re-ignited now. I think it is fantastic to see him back at his best. It is brilliant for the game. Everyone will be watching this and thinking ‘that is a high standard’.

“This tournament is finally starting to light up. We have had a lot of ordinary matches but that wasn’t one of them. Djokovic didn’t seem to think it was but if that’s the case then I’d like to see him playing ‘well’.

 









Previous

Next

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.