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Novak Djokovic Will Be Recovered And Ready In Time For Wimbledon, Says Coach

Winning both the French Open and Wimbledon within the same season is something that hasn’t been achieved on the men’s Tour for over a decade and the shorter than usual turnaround between those events this year will make it harder.

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Winning the French Open has given Novak Djokovic extra motivation heading into Wimbledon, according to his coach Goran Ivanisevic.

 

The world No.1 clinched his 19th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros on Sunday where he came back from two sets down to defeat Stefanos Tsitsipas. Moving Djokovic to a 11-match winning streak heading into the grass swing of the Tour. He has also become the first man in the Open Era to have won every major tournament at least twice.

However, there is little time for the Serbian to celebrate with Wimbledon swiftly approaching. Due to the French Open taking place seven days later than originally planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, just two weeks separate those tournaments. The task of winning both of those events within the same year is something that hasn’t been achieved since Rafael Nadal in 2010. In fact Nadal and Roger Federer are the only ATP players to have claimed the double within the past 40 years.

Proving some insight into Djokovic’s plans over the coming days during an interview with Tennis Majors, Ivanisevic believes he has what it takes to defend his title at the All England Club. Djokovic is also on course to achieve the Golden Slam which is where a player wins every major tournament and the Olympic in the same year. Should he succeed, he would become the second player to do so after Stefi Graf in 1988.

“Novak Djokovic knows his goals,” Ivanisevic stated. “On Wednesday, we are going to Mallorca, and after that to London. This title (French Open) is only going to make him more motivated. It was a long time ago when I said that Djokovic is the only player who can achieve a calendar year Grand Slam: will that happen or not, God knows, but if someone can do it, it is Novak.”

Next week Djokovic will return to competitive tennis by participating in the doubles tournament at the Mallorca Open. Prior to the announcement, his mentor had warned him against playing for one particular reason.

“In my opinion, we should not be playing the tournament (in Mallorca) because the grass at Wimbledon is very different as compared to the one in Mallorca,” said Ivanisevic. “We need to be in London at least three days beforehand, since Novak is playing on Monday as the defending champion. We will stay in Mallorca for seven or eight days.”

As to who are the biggest threats to Djokovic’s Wimbledon title bid, Ivanisevic is refusing to write off Roger Federer. The Swiss 39-year-old is on the comeback from a knee injury and is playing in Halle this week which is his fourth tournament of the season. Federer reached the fourth round in Roland Garros before deciding to withdraw.

“I think Roger made a smart move in Paris. He tested his body, whipped himself into shape a bit, and got exactly what he wanted; three matches under his belt and then he did not want to risk getting injured. Wimbledon is his number one goal. To be honest, I would not want to see him in our part of the draw there,” he said.
“As for the others, there are the usual suspects nowadays: Nadal, Tsitsipas, Zverev, Medvedev. There are a lot of dangerous floaters with big serves such as Raonic, Opelka, Isner. Cilic as well, who won’t be seeded, but who just won a title in Stuttgart.’
“Since we did not play on grass last year, I think we are all eager to get back on it. I expect a fun tournament. Novak is going to be the favorite, but it is not going to be easy.”

The Wimbledon Championships will start a week from Monday. Djokovic is aiming to win the tournament for the sixth time in his career.

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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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