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Djokovic defeats Federer for his 10th major win at US Open

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US OPEN – Roger Federer (2) winning his 18th major was not to be at this year’s US Open. Novak Djokovic (1) denied his that privilege of extending his all-time singles major titles when he defeated him 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4 in 3 hours and 20 minutes. It was a thrilling match up as this was the 42nd meeting between the two. With this victory the head to head is tied at 21 wins each. For the Djokovic’s fans, their man played a wonderful match against one of the best the sport has ever produced. On the other hands, Federer’s fans will be ruing this loss for a long time. The Swiss player had so many opportunities to make the match far more compelling and perhaps even eek out the win but in the end Djokovic proved to be far too strong and superior in the big moments.

 

This match slated for a 4:00 pm start time did not begin until around 7:15 pm. This delay may have perhaps put off Federer for it appeared as though he left his service game in the locker room. Federer elected to serve to start the match but it soon became apparent that the stellar serving that was on full display this summer hardcourt season was not on the court on this day. Djokovic had three break points in that initial game alone and Federer just barely held serve winning the final two points of that 16-point game. In the 2nd Federer service game, he went down 0-40 allowing Djokovic to break him and get out to an early lead at 2-1. Federer broke back as Djokovic was left flailing and falling to the court, bruising himself in the process. However, the Serb would not let minor injuries deter him as broke Federer again for 4-3. He maintained this lead to take the set 6-4 in 41 minutes.

In the second set, Federer came out strong. He was the far more aggressive of the two players on court. However, the problem was that his aggression was not getting him ahead in the match. In fact it was putting him in trouble when he kept creating break opportunities for himself only to let them slip away. It was only at the last possible opportunity to break, in the 12th game, up 6-5, having already squandered 3 previous set points, that he finally converted on his 9th break point of the set with a backhand swinging volley that proved unreturnable by Djokovic. Federer won the set 7-5 to level the match at a set apiece.

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The crowd was squarely behind Federer but this momentum was not able to lift the erratic Federer to high playing level. He was broken early in the 3rd set but broke back to level it 2-2. Again the break opportunities he earned went unconverted as he could not keep the ball in play. Djokovic on the other hand did not let his limited break opportunities go begging. He broke Federer in the 9th game for 5-4 and served it out for a 2-1 sets lead in the match.

Djokovic just looked the far superior player. Federer was moving well but Djokovic was so much the better athlete on the day. What was even more impressive from the Serb was his mental composure as he withstood the barrage from the clearly partisan crowd. Djokovic broke Federer to start the 4th set denying Federer two game points. Djokovic broke Federer again in the 7th game for a 5-2 and the match looked over at this point. In what would be a common theme of the match, Federer continued to waste break points especially when he clearly had the advantage in the point. Nonetheless, sensing it was either do or die, Federer broke Djokovic as he served for the match in the 8th game. Federer held serve for 4-5 and saw double break points as Djokovic attempted to serve for the match for the 2nd time. Federer simply could not convert his 22nd and 23rd break points. Djokovic muscled the ball over the net and Federer shot went flying. Djokovic collected his 2nd US Open title in 5 years 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4.

Looking at the match statistics, the most glaring figures would be the fact that Federer was only 4/23 on break points and that Djokovic saved 19/23 break points. What was even worst was the fact that 11 of those break points, Federer had a 2nd serve to handle but only converted on one of those opportunities. After failing to convert those 3 break points in the opening game of the match, Djokovic was 6/10 for the rest of the match, 4/5 in the last two sets. Federer was 2/11 for the final two sets. Another real clear difference in the match were the number of errors Federer was making. He has 54 unforced errors for the match and in many cases they were careless strokes. So  many of those shots went wide of the mark for no good reason. Djokovic had 37 unforced errors. Federer’s 2nd serve was a huge liability for him as he was only winning 46% of the points compared to his 63% performance in his semifinal match against Stan Wawrinka.

 

on Day Fourteen of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

on Day Fourteen of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

This major win was the 7th title for Djokovic this year. There is no question that he is by far the number one player in the world with a very impressive season thus far. He has made it to all four major finals in one year for the first time of his career. He won three of those titles, losing the French Open to Wawrinka. He has made it to 6 ATP Master Series 1000 tournaments going 4-2 in the finals  Every single tournament that Djokovic has entered for the year, he has made it to the finals for an overall record of 7-4. His lone losses for the year have only been to players ranked in the top 5, Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. It must be great to be him right now. Nonetheless, it must be said that it was a very impressive Roger Federer on court. He definitely brought excitement to the tournament which saw its biggest story, Serena’s Calendar Grand Slam, go by wayside on Friday. The Swiss promised the New York City crowd that he would be back next year for another US Open title run.

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(VIDEO) Novak Djokovic Makes Tearful Tribute To Mentor Kobe Bryant After Australian Open Win

The world No.2 pays his respect to ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time’ on the Rod Laver Arena.

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Novak Djokovic posing for a photo ahead of his quarter-final match with Milos Raonic at the Australian Open (image via https://twitter.com/AustralianOpen)

World No.2 Novak Djokovic shed tears following his quarter-final win over Milos Raonic after paying tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

 

The 16-time grand slam champion took to the Rod Laver Arena wearing a green zip-up top. On the top right of his jacket with Bryant’s initial along with the numbers 8 and 24. The jersey numbers Bryant worn throughout his 20-year NBA career with the LA Lakers. A love heart was also placed under the numbers on Djokovic’s top.

“’I don’t know what we could say. It really caught us by surprise.” An emotional Djokovic said during his on-court interview with John McEnroe on Tuesday.
‘He was one of the greatest athletes of all time, he inspired myself and many other people around the world. I had that fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years.’
‘When I needed some advice and support, he was there for me. He was my mentor, my friend, it’s just heartbreaking to see what has happened to him and his daughter. It’s unbelievable.’

Bryant was killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash that also claimed the life of his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. As an athlete, he achieved numerous milestones. Including being named the 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP. He was also a two-time Olympic gold medallist and played in 18 All Star Games.

Just days before Bryant’s death, Djokovic spoke about their friendship during an interview with ESPN. Praising him for the support he received during his elbow injury and fall in the rankings during 2017 and the start of 2018. Reflecting on the conversations the two have had, he said he received some ‘valuable guidance.’

“Kobe has been one of my mentors,” Djokovic told ESPN. “I’ve had several phone conversations with him and also of course when we see each other live in the past couple of years. When I was going through the injury with my elbow and struggling to mentally and emotionally handle all of these different things that were happening to me and dropping in the Rankings and then having to work my way up, he was one of the people who was really there for me to give me some very valuable advice and guidelines to kind of believe and trust in myself, trust the process that I’ll be back.”

Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The tribute can be watched below (from 00:30 to 01:40)

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Dominic Thiem reaches his first quarter final at the Australian Open

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Dominic Thiem eased past Gael Monfils 6-2 6-4 6-4 after 1 hour and 50 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open. Thiem has extended his winning streak to 6-0 in his head-to-head matches against Monfils.

 

He fought back from two sets to one down to beat Australia’s Alex Bolt in the second round, but he won eight of his past nine sets to advance to the quarter finals.

Thiem got two breaks in the first set and never faced a single break point in the entire match. The Austrian player converted his fourth break point after three deuces, as Monfils missed a backhand volley wide. Thiem started the third set with an early break in the first game, as Monfils hit an inside-out forehand wide from the middle of the court wide. Thiem won his next service games and held his final game at love.

Thiem will face Rafael Nadal in a re-match of last year’s Roland Garros final.

“I think that I played my best match so far at this year’s Australian Open. It’s a very good feeling. The score looks way easier than the match was. I think I was lucky to make an early break in each set and I was managing to hold my serve well. I am so happy because I am in the quarter final here for the first time”, said Thiem.

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Alexander Zverev tops Andrey Rublev to set Australian Open quarter final against Stan Wawrinka

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Alexander Zverev beat his friend Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Australian Open for the first time in his career and his third at Grand Slam level.

 

Zverev broke serve once in each set. The German player has not dropped a set at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.

Zverev ended Rublev’s 15-match winning streak. Rublev had not lost a match since October, winning four matches at the Davis Cup last November and back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide.

In the opening set Zverev earned his first break at 3-3, as Rublev hit a forehand into the net. He held his serve to consolidate the break and wrapped up the first set after 29 minutes, when Rublev hit a crosscourt backhand wide.

Zverev started the second set with an immediate break in the first game of the second set and closed it out with a hold at love with an ace after 29 minutes.

Zverev broke serve for the third time in the match in the ninth game of the third set to take a 5-4, when Rublev made a groundstroke error, and sealed the win with a forehand volley.

“It feels amazing. I played some great matches against some great opponents. This is Andrey’s first loss of the season, having won two tournaments and getting through to the fourth round with unbelievable tennis. I have known Andrey since we were ten years old. I think he will be top 15, top 10 very soon. I am just happy and I hope I can continue”,said Zverev.

Zverev will face Stan Wawrinka in the quarter final. The German star beat Wawrinka twice in their previous two head-to-head matches in St. Petersburg 2016 and Miami 2017.

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