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Novak Djokovic Makes Huge Donation To Italian COVID-19 Fund

The world No.1 has made a significant contribution to one of the country’s worst affected areas.

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The director general of the local health authority in Bergamo has paid tribute to Novak Djokovic after revealing that the tennis star has made a huge donation to his city and their fight against the coronavirus.

 

Peter Assembergs said he never expected to receive financial support from ‘such a prestigious person’. Bergamo is one of the worst affected areas in Italy. Since February there have been 21,645 deaths caused by the virus, according to the country’s Civil Protection Agency. This is the second highest in the world after America.

Doing his bit to support, Djokovic has donated €1 million to the region. The money will be used to purchase ventilators and other medical equipment. Djokovic, along with his wife Jelena, have already donated €1 million to his home country of Serbia. Where there have been more than 4000 cases with almost 100 deaths.

“We have received important donations from abroad and this has struck me. What has impressed me is that of Novak Djokovic, number 1 in world tennis, who has already made great donations for Serbia, his country, which however having heard the news of Lombardy and the province of Bergamo he wanted to think of us too. For me this is a great man, I hope to be able to embrace (thank) him tomorrow.” Sky Italia quoted Assembergs as saying.

Djokovic is a nine-time finalist of the Italian Open where he has won the title on four occasions. The most recent being back in 2015. It was at the tournament where he won his first Masters 1000 title on clay at the age of 20.

“Rome is a second home. Because I feel like I am Italian. I see it: people look at me with positive energy. And I feel that on court and in the city with all its history. Then I have many friends who I knew over the last 15 years.” He said during an interview with La Repubblica last year.

Last month the 32-year-old published a heartfelt statement in which he pleaded with the public to abide by lockdown rules and not to ‘burden’ local health officials at this time. In it, he called for there to be a sense of unity and people should enjoy spending time with their families.

“This is the time for all of us to get together and unite. Let’s really try to spend quality time with our family at home, enjoy the little things in life. Let’s try to laugh, love and dedicate time to inner work. Pray, meditate, eat healthy, play music, sing, dance, read, write, workout, sleep well, train our brains to think good thoughts… This is a great opportunity to do that.” He wrote.

Prior to the suspension of the tour, Djokovic started 2020 by winning 18 matches in a row. During the first quarter of the season, he helped guide Serbia to win the ATP Cup, claimed a record eighth Australian Open title and won the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Despite currently leading the world rankings, Djokovic will not be credited with the weeks he has spent as world No.1 during the suspension. Meaning his tally will remain at 282 weeks as world No.1 until the Tour resumes again.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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Brandon Nakashima shocks John Isner to reach first ATP final in Los Cabos

Brandon Nakashima stunned John Isner to reach the final in Los Cabos.

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The American became the youngest American to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

 

Brandon Nakashima booked his spot in the final beating an out of sorts John Isner 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 28 minutes firing 12 aces and winning 82% points with his first serve.

“It’s always going to be tough playing against him, It’s always so hard to return his serve and try to get into the rallies with him but I tried to get back as many returns as I could and there was blocking or chipping the return or hitting over it and just try to mix it up a lot while getting different looks and I knew when I had the opportunities and when I got close in games I knew I had to take advantage of that as much as possible so luckily I was able to do it and of course taking care of my service games was important as well”.

For the first six games of the opening set, neither player had an issue holding serve but at 3-3, it was the San Diego native with the first chance to break but was denied by the world number 39’s big serve.

At 5-4, the world number 134 had two more chances to break and he got the crucial break and served out the first set.

Winning the first set seemed to invigorate the 19-year-old and he earned an early chance to break in the first game of the second set and broke to take a 1-0 lead. Once again that one break was enough to serve out the match and seal the victory.

After the match, Nakashima spoke about becoming the first American player to reach a final outside the US since Andy Roddick back in 2001.

“It feels great and it’s a big accomplishment for me and of course all the Americans, we like to play in the US but it’s nice to see that I am playing well outside the US and luckily it’s not too far from my home here so I have been enjoying it here a lot both on and off the court and really looking forward to playing tomorrow again”.

Nakashima will face the number one seed Cameron Norrie in the final and can feel confident as the last time these two players met, the American beat him.

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