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Novak Djokovic: “It's devastating times for three countries that have been suffering these terrible floods”



TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 26th of May 2014. N. Djokovic d. J. Sousa 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. An interview with Novak Djokovic


Q. On a day like this, how do you approach all of the rain delays and everything? You play cards with boys?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Actually, I didn’t have that much time to spare in the locker room. So I spend time resting and just try and saving the energy, I guess, for what was coming up.


Q. Can I ask what you and the ball boy were talking about?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: We had a nice chat. He’s a tennis player, so I asked him how long he’s playing, and, you know, how he’s enjoying his time as a ball kid.

It was a nice, fun time, something unusual for the Grand Slams. But we waited for around 10 minutes in the pouring rain on the court, so I felt there’s something I should do and make a new friend (smiling). He accepted the offer to sit down, which I didn’t think he would do, but he did. So he’s very spontaneous little boy, and I hope I see him my next match.


Q. What are your thoughts on your performance today? What do you think about Chardy next round?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, today I played for most of the match quite solid. End of the match was not so nice from my side. Dropped the serve twice.

But, you know, very heavy conditions. The court is not that great, in a great condition at this moment. But of course, considering the amount of the rain that we had in last four or five days, it is not easy for people to maintain the court in the right state. They are doing their best.

In my opinion there are a few times today they maybe should have covered the court earlier. So I think the chair umpire should have made a decision earlier to take us off the court and cover the court. I’m talking for the court’s sake, you know, for a good condition, because it was a lot of rain.

I know that on clay, of course, we can play with certain, I guess, level of rain, but still it’s not that great for the court’s condition.

Considering my next opponent, playing French tennis player in France, we all know how challenging that is. He had a big win against Federer in Rome, so I’m sure he’s very motivated to play his best.

But I was looking forward to this tournament for a long time. I’m in a good form, and hopefully I can use that against Chardy.


Q. In Italian. But we cannot speak Italian. I listen to you. You were good, brilliant. Anyhow, let’s go with my poor English. Pigeon English, as they say. I read that you became the best of yourself, what you are now when you stop with the gluten. So I see something that I didn’t know, and I wanted to ask, for instance, even for me, if I stop with the gluten, I become a better writer? (Laughter.)

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Oh, God. Thank you for your question. I’m sorry. (Laughter.)

Q. Go ahead.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: What was the question again? If you don’t eat gluten, would you be a better writer?


Q. I hope. It’s my last chance.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: I hope for you.

I think you’re a good writer. You have a great history in your career.


Q. When the floods hit your homeland, you were active in trying to bring awareness. Now that it’s been just a little while, could you reflect on a few things? Do you think the flood could bring the different peoples of the Balkans together? Is there a particular story or two you could share with us? And also, did that have any effect on the markings for the minefields in that part of the world?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, it’s devastating times for three countries that have been suffering these terrible floods. It’s a natural disaster, and there is not much you can do except pray that it can be over quickly.

Considering your question about people of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and actually the Slavic countries coming together, I think they already did. They showed the solidarity and support to each other like it hasn’t been for 20 years, you know, since the last conflict and the war that we had that didn’t bring any good to any of the people.

Maybe Yugoslavia cannot be the same or cannot be as an official country again like it was three decades ago, but at least we can use the situation and show the support in the future and respect to each other. Because, you know, we are a country    we all in the region, we are one country 30 years ago and we all worked together, and at least we can try to help each other and become, you know, prosperous countries and become a better people.

Because in this unwinning and undesirable circumstances for all of the countries, this is something that is very positive that we take out from this catastrophe, and that is people being together.


Q. So when a catastrophe hits, people look at the basics and go beyond?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yeah, sure. I haven’t seen any kind of    and I have been following constantly the last ten days the news media and so forth, and everything that has been going on, because physically I’m not there, so I try to be present, you know, in some way and contribute as much as I can and support this flood relief.

I haven’t seen any negative connotations, any negative stories about what was going on in terms of people’s relationship between the countries, because we all know that only 20, 25 years ago there was a huge war that the wounds of these wars are still fresh for the peoples of these countries.

But for 10 days, everything was forgotten, and it still was very calm, very positive. And actually, people are reacting in a very nice way towards each other and helping each other.

One of the first countries that helped us, you know, in these terrible times when Serbia got hit by floods was Croatia, and their volunteers that came and people in the special circumstances they helped others, and they saved kids, you know. I have seen one news that one kid was very close to die and, you know, was very close to be drowned, and one Croatian volunteer that came and helped and saved her.

These are the kind of stories that we need to listen, need to be out there more often, because the end of the day we are probably going to be still same independent countries as we were two weeks ago, but I think there is going to be a significant change in terms of relationship between the countries, and this is very positive thing.


Kyle Edmund Confirms Split With Coach After Early Exit In Chengdu

It is a turbulent time for the former Australian Open semi-finalist.



Kyle Edmund’s recent lull in form is showing no signs of letting up after he crashed out in the first round of the Chengdu Open in China.


The seventh seed could only win five games during his 6-2, 6-3, loss to Chile’s Christian Garin. A player ranked just one spot below him in the ATP rankings at 33rd. During the 72-minute encounter, Edmund won 50% of his service points compared to his opponents tally of 75%. He was also broken two consecutive times in both sets.

“I think it’s my best match this year on hard court for sure,” Garin told “Kyle is a tough opponent to face in the first round, so I’m very happy with the way I played.”

Edmund has now lost four consecutive matches on the tour dating back to the Rogers Cup in August. Something that last occurred during the European clay-court swing of the tour earlier this year. However, two of those losses were to rising star Daniil Medvedev, who has won more matches than any other ATP player so far in 2019.

Shortly after his exit from Chengdu, Edmund confirmed that he has parted ways with coach Mark Hilton. A former professional tennis player who reached the second round of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. The two officially ended their partnership last week.

Until a replacement is found, Edmund will be guided in Asia by Colin Beecher. Beecher had worked with Edmund in the past and is the former captain of the British Fed Cup team. The 48-year-old is also currently working with Dan Evans, who is also without a permanent coach.

Evans faired better on the first day of competition in Chengdu. Taking on Chinese world No.222 Bai Yan, he battled to a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4), victory after two-and-a-half hours of play. Evans was down a break twice in the decider before fighting back to clinch victory. He will play Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round.

Evans has now recorded 36 wins in 2019 compared to 17 for Edmund. Although Edmund has been hampered by a knee issue in recent months.

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga becomes the first player to win four titles in Metz



Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from one set down to beat Slovena’s Aljaz Bedene 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 after becoming the first player to win four titles at the Moselle Open in Metz.


Tsonga becomes the ninth French winner in the past eleven editions of the Metz ATP 250 tournament. Since Gael Monfils’s triumph in 2009 David Goffin and Peter Gojowczyk are the only non French players to win the Moselle Open.

Tsonga, who made his come-back from a seven-month lay-off due to a left knee injury at last year’s edition of the Metz tournament, held each of his 17 service games and dropped just four first serve points.

The first set went on serve without break points en route to the tie-break. Bedene opened up a 4-0 lead en route to winning the tie-break 7-4 after 57 minutes.

Tsonga saved the only break point of the second set which came down to the tie-break. Tsonga won the tie-break 7-4 to force the match to the decider.

Tsonga claimed the first break in the second game of the third set to race out to a 3-0 lead. Bedene saved two break points in the fourth game and one more chance in the sixth game but he he held his serve at deuce. Tsonga never looked back in his service games and closed out the match on his first championships point with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Tsonga has won 10 of his 18 trophies on French soil.

“Mentally I was very strong. I served really well when I needed to. The match was not easy at all. Aljaz was playing really well and it was a long match. I am definitely happy to win here again. It was a very difficult match. I stayed calm, focused on doing the basics well and waited for the right moment to change the rallies. ”,said Tsonga.

 Bedene beat two seeded players Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire to reach his first final since Buenos Aires last February.

“I only dropped serve twice this week, so that is probably the best serving week of my career. I had chances today, I had a set, 4-3 and a break point. He served well and I picked the wrong side, but it was close and it could have gone either way. I am disappointed. I wanted to win, but I am also happy with the week”, said Bedene.





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In-Form Daniil Medvedev Conquers St Petersburg

The world No.4 produced a dominant display to clinch his first ever ATP trophy on home soil.



Rapidly rising star Daniil Medvedev produced an emphatic display to become the first Russian man to win the St Petersburg Open since 2004.


The world No.4 brushed aside Croatia’s Borna Coric 6-3, 6-1, to clinch his third ATP trophy of 2019. Medvedev was in clinical form against Coric from the onset as he dropped only eight points behind his serve and broke four times in total. The only negative to Medvedev’s performance was his unforced error count of 21, which was more than twice the number of winners he produced (nine).

“I’m really happy, my style is more to hide my emotions, but it was hard not to scream with joy,” Medvedev said during his on-court interview.
“I am really very happy, and thank you very much for your (the crowd) support, today was a full house.’
“I won’t list all the people to whom I would like to devote this victory to because even if my tennis is where I am now (in fourth place in the world), all this would have been impossible without many people.”

Sunday’s victory continues what is a remarkable run for the 23-year-old, who has reached the final of five consecutive tournaments on the ATP Tour. During the Summer Medvedev clinched his maiden Masters title in Cincinnati and then finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the US Open. He has now recorded 54 wins this season. More than any other player on the tour so far this year.

Medvedev’s surge in form is one that has impressed Coric, who was playing this week for the first time since withdrawing from the last grand slam of the season due to a back issue. St Petersburg was the first final Coric has contested since October 2018.

“Naturally, he picked up the keys to my game. He was better in absolutely everything and did everything much better than me.” Coric analyzed during his press conference.
“I tried everything I could, all the tactics and everything I could think of. Nothing more to say here. He had the answers to all my questions. He played just incredible.”

Medvedev has now won 24 out of his last 27 matches played and claimed 56 out of 68 sets played. He is the fourth Russian to win the St Petersburg title and first since Mikhail Youzhny back in 2004.

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