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Roland Garros 2011 – tomorrow start day

Tomorrow starts 2011 French Open at Roland Garros. The winner gathers 1.2 mln pounds so there is what to fight for. Novak Djokovic is my number one. And below few words from players:

Richard Gasquet (facing Radek Stepanek in the first round): “It’s one of the most difficult rounds in the tournament! Radek has a lot of talent and experience and he knows how to play at Grand Slams. I’ll need to be at 100% if I’m going to get through. I’m full of confidence after (getting through to the semi-finals at) Rome, and I’m going to be coming forward, dictating the points and trying to keep my fatigue levels down. That’s what I need to be working towards in the future – it’s what (my coach) Ricardo is telling me. Sébastien Grosjean keeps telling me to enjoy myself and be relaxed, no pressure.”

Rafael Nadal (facing John Isner in the first round): “Just to be back at this tournament is a really special feeling. You remember a lot of things from the past years, so in general I feel a little bit like home, with all the people who work here in the locker room, in the players’ lobby. Probably this year the favourite is Djokovic, but even last year or three years ago when you told me ‘you are the favourite’, I didn’t feel like this, because when you arrive at the tournament, every round is difficult. Every match, every time you go on court you can win and you can lose. That’s part of the game. So thinking about winning the tournament before start of tournament is for me is too arrogant. »

Novak Djokovic (facing Thiemo De Bakker): “I say he (Rafa)’s the favourite. I don’t feel unbeatable – nobody is unbeatable, even though I had an incredible run that keeps going. I was saying in the last couple of weeks that I’m really not trying to think about the run that I have, or I’m not trying to think about when this run will end, because that will mean that I’m thinking about losing.”

Andy Murray (who will play qualifier Eric Prodon in the first round): “I made a decision not to play the exhibition and practice at 4 pm. I should be fine. I think it was maybe my body just saying to take it easy for a day or so because I have been working very hard. I’m looking forward to the start of the tournament. You’ve got to be very focused during the French especially, because one bad set or a couple of bad sets and you can get yourself fatigued or tired early in the tournament. So you need to be switched on right from the start.”

Aravane Rezaï (who will face Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania): “I’m slowly fighting my way back after a really tough start to the season. It’s all good life experience though – what I’m having to go through. I don’t really want to talk about my private life – I have a family I love very much and a playing career to think about as well. My main aim is to focus on my tennis and enjoy myself out on court.”

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

1st attempt

As per news on Novak’s website, I will attempt to write todays news by myself not overwriting as in previous posts. So lets go:)

Nole has been just 405 points behind Nadal after ATP Tour Masters in Rome. It is real for him to reach no. 1 spot after Roland Garros’s finals.

Novak has already qualified to Barclays ATP Finals in London which will take place in the 17-23 November 2011.

Before French Open, he has time for charity which took place today being organized by Naomi Campbell for Japanees Red Cross for resent earthquakes and tsunami. Nole will play as well with Australian Lleyton Hewitt being 64th on ATP Ranking List.

On the 23rd the French Opens starts up. The atmosphere is getting to its hights. Lets wait wishing all the best for Serbian Novak Djokovic.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

First for ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic has sealed his qualification for the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals following his win over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Sunday.

Djokovic’s win in Rome adds another 1000 South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points to his 2011 point tally, meaning that the Serb is assured of his place at the season-ending finale, set to take place at The O2 in London from 20-27 November. Only the world’s Top 8 players based on results in 2011 qualify to complete in the season’s final showdown in London.

Djokovic qualifies for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a fifth successive year. He captured the season-ending title in 2008 when it was held in Shanghai. last year, Djokovic reached the semi-finals in London before losing to Federer. He has not lost a match since.

The Serb has enjoyed a remarkable run of form in 2011, capturing seven successive titles including the Australian Open in January and four ATP Wourld Tour masters 1000 titles. He heads into Roland Garros later this week with an incredible 37-0 match record so far this season.

Djokovic becomes only the second player to qualify for the seson-ending event before Roland Garros since 1990(Nadal also qualified before Roladn garros in 2009). Nadal retains his World No.1 ranking (based on the past 52 weeks) ahead of his title defense at Roland Garros, yet Djokovic’s results so far this year make him the current front funner to chalange for the 2011 year-end World No.1 crown, which could be determined at the last tournament of the season in London.

Barclays ATP World tour Finals – The Contenders

(Based on Year-to-Date South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings points as of Monday, 16 May, 2011)

1. Novak Djokovic(SRB) 6,975

2. Rafael Nadal(ESP) 4,390

3. David Ferrer(ESP) 2,740

4. Roger Federer(SUI) 2,620

5 Andy Murray(GBR) 2,030

6 Robin Soderling(SWE) 1,630

Tomáš Berdych(CZE) 1,485

Nicolás Almagro(ESP) 1,440

9 Juan Martín del Potro(ARG) 1,375

10 Richard Gasquet(FRA) 1,090

From thesportscampus.com

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Novak Djokovic

Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has been unstoppable on court since last December and his sights are now set on securing his first Wimbledon.

With his win streak now stretched to 35 straight matches, Djokovic is keeping his true tennis dream alive in his mind as his confidence on all surfaces grows.

“My ambition is to be No. 1 and my dream is to win Wimbledon. These are the two things I’ve wanted the most. But I don’t complain about anything else that comes. Winning any Grand Slam is a great honour,” said the second seed at the Rome Masters.

“There’s a difference between the dream I’ve had all my life and ambition.”

Djokovic also firmly believes that it was Serbia’s historic Davis Cup title at the end of the season over France which got him on his way into his current state of near-perfection.

“The final against France has given me a lot of confidence. Nothing can compare with that feeling, it made me more motivated to come back on court and win matches.

“It was the start of the great run I’m on and it was a huge match for us, a historical match. It gave me a lot of energy, it was the best three days in my life as a tennis player, especially the Sunday when we won the Davis Cup.”

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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