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Novak Djokovic- 10th of November 2014




TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Novak Djokovic d. Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-1. Group A


Q. You had beaten Marin many times, but this was too much? The veterans are marking the land?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Veteran (smiling)? Thank you. I don’t feel like a veteran, but I’m a father, okay, I should call myself veteran. I hoped I would not reach this stage to call myself veteran this early in my career, but okay.

It was a great performance. I was hoping I could play this way. I was preparing myself for this match. I knew already one week ago that I’m going to play Marin at 8 p.m. on Monday.

My team did a good scouting. We thought about, you know, what’s the game plan. I stepped in and executed really well.

His debut in the World Tour Finals has gotten best out of him in terms of his nerves. You could see that he didn’t feel so comfortable. Tried to use my experience playing on this stage, the stadium, which is pretty different from any other.

Q. Stan won 6 1, 6 1. You win 6 1, 6 1. Are those surprising scorelines, in your opinion, for a tournament like this?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Yes, I think. I mean, realistically speaking, you know, maybe we both were favorites in our matches. But to win 6 1, 6 1 both is maybe something that people didn’t expect, and we, too.

But, again, we both played some great tennis. I’m sure that our match is going to be very interesting.

Q. You may correct me if I’m wrong, but I think you haven’t lost indoors since you lost to Querrey in Paris Bercy. What has changed with you? Four years ago your best surface probably was hard court. Now it seems to be indoors. Is that correct? Where do you feel more confident right now?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: It’s hard to say. I like outdoor hard court, as well. I love playing on clay. Grass not too bad (smiling).

But indoor has been very successful last couple years. I don’t play too many indoor events. As a matter of fact, only two, Paris and London. You know, I give myself a lot of time to prepare for these events, for indoor tournaments. I enjoy them. I really do.

They were asking me how do I feel returning indoors comparing to outdoors. It is different and it’s better for the returner. It’s better for the server, but I feel it’s better for the returner because the ball more or less bounces the same every time, so you can anticipate better.

Q. Is it just the surface? Something related to this specific period of the year? What makes the difference compared to the others? Sometimes you look a bit spent, and you reach a peak at this time of the year.

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Well, I cannot speak in the names of the other players, but I do feel mentally, as everybody else, challenged at this time of the year to finish off the season in a best possible way. So I think considering how long the season is, everybody is mentally, physically, emotionally tired and exhausted.

But this is where, in last couple of weeks of the year, you have to find your last drop of strength and motivation to finish off the year in style. So that’s basically where I find mentally motivation.

Game wise, I explained why indoor surface and conditions are suitable to my style of the game.

Q. If Federer wins the Davis Cup, in your mind will that put him in a different light as far as his career? Secondly, last year when you came in here, you very harshly criticized the governing body of tennis, the doping. You didn’t trust it. You said they were unprofessional. I’m just wondering a year later if you feel the same way or differently? What do you think about Troicki almost making his way back to the top 100?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: First question, winning Davis Cup is truly something special because it’s a team competition, the only official team competition we have basically in the individual sport. So I’m sure that that’s going to be a very motivating fact prior to this Final for Roger. It’s probably the only thing he hasn’t won in his career.

Going back and looking what he has achieved, if Davis Cup title is going to impact it in a major way, I don’t think so. I mean, of course it’s going to mean a lot to him. We all know that it’s very difficult to win Davis Cup because you don’t win it by yourself. It’s a team effort. So I’m sure that he’s going to be having plenty of motivation to do so. But I don’t think in a major way it can influence his career.

The second question, I still feel the same regarding the situation with Viktor. I was referring only to his case. I wouldn’t talk more about it because I said what I needed to say.

I’m glad he’s back in tennis. I think he’s made one of the best comebacks for sure. He’s on the verge of the top 100. I don’t know if he’s got the top 100. He’s around. He’s going to be in the main draw of the Australian Open, which is incredible, considering the fact he started the end of July. Four, five months, he managed to get to where he is from scratch.

I’m very glad for him. He’s a very dear friend of mine.

Q. You were spotted at the doubles last night. I’m curious what you think about Zimonjic’s return? What does it mean to you to have a player like Nenad on tour when you were just getting started?

NOVAK DJOKOVIC: Nenad is a dear friend of mine and somebody that has helped me when I was developing into a professional player. Actually, when I was 13, 14, I was practicing with the same coach at that point, Bogdan Obradovic, he was the Davis Cup captain, he was his coach. At that time I was also practicing in Belgrade whenever I was there with Bogdan, and Nenad would hit with me a few times already.

Already at that time he was at that time one of the top doubles players. So for me that was an experience, a learning experience, and obviously something I respected a lot.

We have a relationship for a long time. He did always help with his advices. He was always there to play, to talk, whatever is necessary. I never forget that.


Singapore Champion Alexi Popyrin Dedicates Maiden ATP Title To Family

The world No.114 battled back from a set down to become the fifth active Australian player to win an ATP singles title.




Rising star Alexi Popyrin has claimed the biggest title in his career to date after triumphing in the final of the Singapore Open on Sunday.


The 21-year-old battled back from a set down to defeat world No.46 Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, in what was his first ever final on the ATP Tour. Popryin, who had never got past the quarter-final stage of a Tour event prior to this week, managed to turn his fortunes around with the help of an emphatic service display. During the second set he dropped no points behind serve and only one in the third. Overall, the Australian produced 11 aces and broke Bublik five times en route to victory.

A former junior world No.2 who won the 2017 French Open boys’ title, Popyrin has become the fifth active player from Australia to have won an ATP title. The other four are Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, Bernard Tomic and John Millman. During the trophy ceremony Popyrin said the breakthrough was a result of hard work as he paid tribute to his family.

“I’ll definitely have very fond memories of Singapore now, I’ll definitely remember this for the rest of my life,” he said.
“We put a lot of hard work in the pre-season and it’s paying off in the start of the year I’ve had. In Australia I felt really good so it’s just good to see all the hard work paying off.
“My family behind the scenes, they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also. This is for them 100 per cent.”

Prior to Bublik, Popyrin also scored a win over former US Open champion Marin Cilic in the semi-finals. The breakthrough continues what has been an encouraging start to the season for the Next Gen star. At the Murray River Open in Melbourne he took Grigor Dimitrov to three sets before losing in the third round. Then at the Australian Open he knocked out top 20 player David Goffin.

Meanwhile, Bublik is left wondering what might have been. It was the second time the Kazakh has reached a Tour final this season after Antalya where he had to retire due to injury.

“His first final, his first title, I have four finals, which hurts now but just congratulate you and next time we’ll see if we can face in the final,” Bublik said.

Popyrin will rise to a ranking high of 82nd when the standings are updated on Monday.

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Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beats Hubert Hurkacz to reach the quarter final in Montpellier




Alejandro Davidovich Fokina came back from 1-3 in the opening set and converted four of the ten break points to claim a 7-5 6-2 win over Hubert Hurkacz in 1 hour and 34 minutes at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. 


Hurkacz went up a break in the fourth game at deuce to take a 3-1 lead. Davidovich Fokina broke back in the fifth game at 15 and held serve to draw level to 3-3. Hurkacz saved a break point in the seventh game to hold serve after two deuces. Davidovich Fokina converted his second break point in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Hurkacz saved three break points in the third game of the second set, but Davidovich Fokina broke twice in the fifth and seventh games at deuce to win the final four games from 2-2 securing his spot in the quarter final. 

The 21-year-old Spanish player set up a quarter final against Egor Gerasimov, who knocked out Aljaz Bedene 6-4 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 51 minutes. Bedene converted his second break point at deuce in the first game. Gerasimov broke back in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Gerasimov closed out the first set 6-4 with a break on his opportunity in the 10th game.

Bedene went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead. Gerasimov broke back in the 10th game to draw level to 5-5. Gerasimov earned five match points at 6-1 in the tie-break. Bedene saved the first three chances, but Gerasimov closed out the tie-break 7-4 on his fourth opportunity. 

Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Gregoire Barrère 6-0 6-3. The Spanish player built up a 6-0 2-0 lead with four consecutive breaks. Barrère came back by winning three consecutive games to take a 3-2 lead with a break in the fourth game. Bautista Agut reeled off four consecutive games with two consecutive breaks to win the second set 6-3 

Dennis Novak came back from 3-5 down by winning the final four games in the second set to beat Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Novak set up a quarter final clash against German Peter Gojowczyk, who came back from one set down to beat Juri Vesely 6-7 (3-7) 7-4 (7-4) 6-3 after 2 hours and 28 minutes. Gojowczyk hit 17 aces and won 86 % of his first service points. Gojowczyk saved four break points in the ninth game. Vesely earned two mini-breaks to win the tie-brek 7-3. The second set went on serve en route to the the tie-break. Gojowczyk earned one mini-break to win the tie-break 7-4. The German player converted his only break point in the second game to seal the third set 6-3.

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John Isner not happy with the cut in prize money for Miami Masters

John Isner took to Twitter to raise some issues about the ATP and latest state of affairs in Tennis.




John Isner (@usta - Twitter)

The American took to social media to vent his frustration saying it doesn’t make sense.


John Isner took to twitter today after hearing the news that the Miami Open will be cutting its prize money down with the singles champion only taking $300,110 with a first round loser only winning $10,000 in prize money.

Isner and many other players on tour believe the tournament should be forced to due an audit to truly reveal what their finances are and to see if they are hiding anything.

“How about a true audit to see how much tourneys are actually hurting and then a money formula after the event to reconcile?”

“Amazing we still don’t have this in a lot of our big events. How does that make any sense?” 

He also tweeted about the promoters saying the system the ATP uses is broken.

The American also spoke of the unfairness in the cuts the players are taking in comparison to the actual events.

“So players should take a 60% cut and 80% champions cut while ATP executives keep full salaries, benefits, and expense accounts? Make that make sense. Seems just a little bit hypocritical, don’t ya think?”.

Isner finally believes the players should benefit from the tournament not just in the short term but over a long tenure.

““Tennis is plagued by conflict and lack of transparency”

The tournament is scheduled for March 23rd at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and the tournament has confirmed they won’t be doing a quarantine like the Australian Open.

The players will need to provide a negative PCR test to board a flight to the US and once they land they will be tested once again and isolate until a negative result is shown.

The players will only be allowed at the hotel and the venue and any player who doesn’t respect the rules will be subject to penalties and be withdrawn from the tournament.

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