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Novak Djokovic makes no mistake and after two games at the Nitto Atp Finals he took the pass for the semifinals. So far a clear path for the Serbian tennis player, who left no chance to counter his successes to opponents Casper Ruud and Andrey Rublev.

The world number one demonstrated once again the great continuity in the results and the few difficulties encountered in the competition reserved for the best eight of the ‘Race’ classification. The two races were almost a photocopy: he started always contracted and suffered a break, he reacted like a great champion and soon took absolute control of the matches.

The Russian, last to challenge him, tried in every possible way to resist the domination of the Belgrade native, but there was really nothing to be done. At the end of the confrontation, Nole talked about himself in an interview on the pitch, underlining the excellent performance: “I played very well, particularly in the service sessions.
The excellent performance and the 12 aces helped me a lot, considering the conditions we have here (faster than in other tournaments)” Then he continued: “In the first set I found good answers and I put Rublev in difficulty, who didn’t play the best tennis of him and made so many mistakes.

When you serve well, you obviously have fewer problems and more confidence, especially when you are 34 (jokes). I feel young, because everyone in this tournament has a very low average age and I feel like them. ” The Serbian analyzed an interesting aspect: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to play at this level, against top level players.

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It is not easy to play a match with these players who are tall and have a lot of strength, like Medvedev, Zverev, Berrettini, who serve at 200-220km/h.”

Djokovic is chasing a sixth ATP Finals crown
Novak Djokovic admitted he was surprised to receive Nick Kyrgios’s backing over his stance that COVID-19 vaccination should not be mandatory.

The Serb also reinforced his position on the importance of freedom of choice regarding vaccination, or “anything else in life” Speaking at a press conference at the 2021 ATP Finals, Djokovic revealed his surprise at hearing Kyrgios’ comments and suggested this is a rare matter on which the pair see eye to eye.

The World No. 1 also elaborated on why he feels freedom of choice is so vital in life. “That was unexpected, knowing what was coming from him towards me in the last couple of years (laughs),” Djokovic said. “But this time, I must agree with him that the freedom of choice is essential for everyone, whether it’s me or somebody else.”

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Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open

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Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.

In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.

But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.

An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.

The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.

Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.

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While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.

Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.

And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.

The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.

“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.

“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.

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Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism

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EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.

Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.

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Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.

The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.

Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.

Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.

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Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’

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RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.

Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.

His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.

Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.

Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.

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The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.

Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.

During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.

He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.

Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.

Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.

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