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Djokovic reaches first quarter-final of 2018 in Rome

Novak Djokovic moved into his first quarter-final of 2018 on Thursday when he defeated Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 7-5 at the Italian Open. The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery. And the 30-year-old showed some of…

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Dominant Djokovic races past Lajovic in Monte Carlo

Former world number one Novak Djokovic showed signs of rediscovering his form with a dominant 6-0 6-1 victory over Dusan Lajovic in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Djokovic’s start of the season was disrupted by an elbow surgery, and has since suffered defeats in consecutive opening matches at Indian Wells…

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Australia doubts as Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open

Former world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation at the Australian Open later in January. Qatar is the second tournament Djokovic has pulled out in as many days due to a niggling elbow injury. The 12-time Grand Slam champion was top seed in Doha, but…

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Djokovic determined to learn from injury misery

Former world number one Novak Djokovic admitted Tuesday his six-month absence from tennis has taught him never to take his career for granted, describing his injury agony as a “roller-coaster ride”. The 30-year-old Serb has not played since Wimbledon in July when a long-standing elbow injury forced him to shut down his 2017 season. As…

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Brief encounter as Djokovic wins in 32 minutes, Nadal breezes

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic reached the US Open last 16 in just 32 minutes Friday when Mikhail Youzhny retired injured before fellow two-time winner Rafael Nadal also made the fourth round for the first time in three years. On Saturday, history can be made at Flushing Meadows with Serena Williams going for her 307th Grand…

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Federer hopes for Wimbledon tonic after troubled year

Roger Federer admits Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are clear favourites for the Wimbledon title as the Swiss star tries to salvage an injury-plagued year by winning his favourite tournament for a record eighth time. For the first time in 15 years, Federer arrives at the All England Club with few pundits expecting the world…

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Tennis: Djokovic, Murray set for blockbuster as French Open clock ticks

PARIS: Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray meet in a seventh Grand Slam final on Sunday with the clock ticking on their French Open title aspirations. World number one Djokovic, the winner of 11 majors, is bidding for a first French Open to become just the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam. Victory on…

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Djokovic, Nadal and Serena primed for Paris openers

PARIS: World number one Novak Djokovic, record nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and women’s title-holder Serena Williams begin their French Open campaigns on Tuesday with the forecast far more promising after a rain-hit first two days at Roland Garros. Three-time Roland Garros finalist Djokovic will embark on another quest to complete a career Grand Slam with…

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Djokovic wins Simon epic to reach quarters

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic needed five sets before finally putting away Frenchman Gilles Simon to reach his 27th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Sunday. The 10-time Grand Slam champion battled for four hours, 32 minutes before winning 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and will now play Japan’s Kei…

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Djokovic hands Cilic record rout to reach US Open final

NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic stormed into his sixth US Open final Friday with a 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 rout of defending champion Marin Cilic in the most one-sided New York semi-final of the modern era. The world number one and 2011 champion now awaits the winner of the second semi-final between five-time champion Roger Federer and…

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Serena, Federer, Djokovic star in US Open ‘Fantastic Friday’

NEW YORK: “Super Saturday” is history at the US Open but rain has created a “Fantastic Friday” at Arthur Ashe Stadium with Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in starring roles.

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Federer, Wawrinka seek US Open semi-final spots

NEW YORK: Roger Federer, trying to become the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970, seeks a 10th semi-final berth on the New York hardcourts Wednesday against France’s Richard Gasquet.

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Serena, Djokovic, Nadal seek US Open last 16 spots

NEW YORK: History-chasing Serena Williams tries to recover from a poor serving performance and reach the US Open fourth round Friday while Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also seek last-16 berths.

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Djokovic, Federer advance to Cincinnati final

CINCINNATI, United States: Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Roger Federer advanced to the Western & Southern Open final in contrasting fashion on Saturday to set up a rematch of their title-deciding Wimbledon clash. Serb Djokovic, who beat Federer in the Wimbledon final for a second consecutive year last month, rallied to beat Ukrainian…

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Tennis: Djokovic downs Chardy to reach Montreal final

  MONTREAL: Novak Djokovic voiced an unusual complaint over a cannabis-smoking spectator during his 6-4, 6-4 semi-final victory Saturday over France’s Jeremy Chardy in the ATP Montreal Masters semi-finals. “Someone is smoking weed, i can smell it, I’m getting dizzy,” the world number one reported to the chair umpire in an exchange picked up by…

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Djokovic makes return in Montreal event

MONTREAL, Canada: A month after winning Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic will pick up a racquet once again as the world number one plays as top seed in the Montreal Masters, which begins Monday. The Serb, who won the first of his three Canadian titles in 2007 in Montreal, also added another in 2011 and a 2012…

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Djokovic shatters Federer dream to win third Wimbledon

LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic won a third Wimbledon title and a ninth Grand Slam crown on Sunday, ruthlessly shattering Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth All England Club triumph. World number one Djokovic won 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (10/12), 6-4, 6-3 to add this year's Wimbledon title to the Australian Open he captured in…

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Djokovic v Federer Grand Slam final meetings

LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer meet in Sunday's Wimbledon final. It will be their 40th career clash (Federer leads 20-19) and 12th at the majors (6-6). However, they have only met in two Grand Slam finals: 2007 US Open final Federer won 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 – Djokovic had defeated Federer for the…

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Tennis: Wimbledon heat on Djokovic, Serena, Sharapova

LONDON: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams target quickfire second round wins at Wimbledon on Wednesday to escape the brutal heat expected to send temperatures soaring to a tournament record of 35 degrees. Defending champion Djokovic takes on Finnish veteran Jarkko Niemenin in the Centre Court opener. World number 92 Nieminen is playing in his 12th…

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Wounded Djokovic looks to heal at Wimbledon

LONDON: Three weeks after his heartbreaking French Open final defeat, Novak Djokovic resurfaces to defend his Wimbledon title and prove that his Paris scars have healed. The world number one has stayed resolutely out of the spotlight since his Roland Garros upset by Stan Wawrinka ended his latest bid to complete the career Grand Slam….

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Tennis: Nadal too busy training to watch French Open final

STUTTGART: Dethroned French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he was too busy training to watch Stan Wawrinka's gripping final defeat of Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros on Sunday. The nine-time French Open winner's 2015 tournament ended prematurely last week when he suffered a quarter-final rout by Djokovic. That was only the Spaniard's second loss in…

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