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Jun 8, 2012


 Djokovic moved to within one victory of Grand Slam history Friday, crushing Roger Federer 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to reach a first French Open final and a clash with six-time champion Rafael Nadal.

  World number one Djokovic, who already has the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open titles in his possession, will become only the third man in history to hold all four Grand Slam trophies at the same time if he wins Sunday's final.

  Defeat for Federer, the 2009 champion who was undone by 46 unforced errors, left him waiting once again to add to his record 16 majors, the last of which came at the 2010 Australian Open.

  But Djokovic knows that Sunday's task will be even harder where Nadal, defeated only once in 52 matches at Roland Garros, is chasing his own piece of history as he tries to become the first man to win seven French Opens.

" I am happy to be in the final here, it's always difficult to play against Roger," said Djokovic, who had his 43-match winning streak ended by Federer at the same stage of Roland Garros 12 months ago.

" It's a dream to be in the final, but Rafa, who always plays so well here, will be the favourite. "

  Both Djokovic and Federer had looked far from convincing in reaching this stage.

  Nole came back from two sets to love down to beat Andreas Seppi in the fourth round before saving four match points against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a five-set quarter-final.

Federer had also been two sets to love down to Juan Martin del Potro in his five-set, last eight match before battling back.

In a tight opening set, Federer had the first break to lead 3-2 but couldn't capitalise when Djokovic hit straight back.

  The Serb then served two love games to lead 5-4 before the first set was his when Federer mis-hit a forehand which ballooned beyond the tramlines. 

  But the Swiss edged the early break in the second set in a game which featured a gruelling 36-shot rally won by Federer with a volley off a Djokovic 'between the legs' shot.

The world number three held to love and broke again for 3-0.

Djokovic then capitalised on a sloppy Federer service game to break back at 1-3 and held for 2-3 before the third seed steadied for a 4-2 advantage.

The Serb, who had confidently defeated Federer in the semi-finals on clay in Rome in straight sets just last month, was under siege again in his next service game, saving three break points.

In a topsy-turvy set, Djokovic broke for 4-4 but allowed Federer back in the driving seat to lead 5-4.

  But the 16-time Grand Slam title winner couldn't shake off the world number one who broke again in the 10th game, backed up by a hold for 6-5 and then claimed the set courtesy of a loose backhand and a wild forehand by the Swiss.

  Djokovic was in the ascendancy now, breaking for 4-2 in the third and taking the match when Federer buried a backhand return into the net.

  Defeat ended Federer's hopes making a 24th Grand Slam final.
  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official Web Site and
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Jun 6, 2012

Nole downs Tsonga - ROLAND GAROSS 2012

   Djokovic advanced into the Roland Garros last four on Tuesday with a hard-fought 6-1, 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1 win over no.5 seed Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 4 hours and 10 minutes on Court Phillipe Chatrier.
   The first set was one-sided. Novak won it convincingly in just 21 minutes.
When he broke Tsonga to love with ease in the opening game of the second set and consolidated the break for 2-0 lead, it looked like he was in total control, but the home-crowd favourite made him work hard for the semi-final berth.
Novak handed Tsonga a break point in the eighth game with an unforced error and the Frenchman broke back to equalise the result to 4-4. Tsonga broke again in the 12th game to level up the match at one-set all.
   Players exchanged breaks in the third set and then they both held until the 12th game. With the help of the French crowd Tsonga again made a crucial break to move 2-1 ahead.
Nole had break point opportunities in the fifth and ninth games of the fourth set, but the 27-year-old Le Mans native got out of trouble with powerful serving. Djokovic showed his heart of a champion when he saved four match points serving to stay in the match. He then took the set winning a tie-breaker 8-6 to level up the match at two-sets all.
   The momentum was with Nole in the decisive fifth set. He made a double break and sealed the victory to keep his hopes for fourth straight major alive.
“ As a tennis player, this is what you live for,” said Djokovic. “This is what you practise for all these years, to be part of an incredible performance, incredible match. I’m really glad that I could win today. ”
   Speaking of his ability to fight off four match points, Djokovic said: “ It’s, I guess, trying to be mentally tough and believing in your shots. Obviously a little bit of experience that I had playing on this level for last five, six years. I did have some matches similar to this one when I was match points down and managing to come back .”
  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official Web Site
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Apr 21, 2012

Djokovic downs Berdych - Monte Carlo 2012

   Djokovic sealed his place in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Tomas Berdych. Congratulations!
   Djokovic broke serve 4 times and saved 8 of 10 break points he faced to claim victory in 2 hours and 42 minutes.
   Match statistics: aces (6-3), double faults (6-8), total points won (98-88).
En route to the finals Novak also defeated Andreas Seppi (6-1, 6-4), Alexandr Dolgopolov (2-6, 6-1, 6-4) and Robin Haase (6-4, 6-2).
   Five-time Grand Slam champion reached the final in 2009, finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite and BBC Sport 
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Apr 20, 2012

Djokovic beat Haase - Monte Carlo 2012

Djokovic - Haase 2:0 (6:4) (6:2) Congratulations!

   Djokovic will play Berdych in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters after defeating Robin Haase 6-4 6-2.
   It took Djokovic little over an hour and 15 minutes as he ultimately made short work of his less illustrious opponent.
   The world number one really failed to get firing in the first set. He was broken in the opening game of the match, retaliated with a couple of his own, but was again broken in the seventh as Haase brought it back to 4-4.
   Novak faced another break point, but hit a vicious forehand winner to save and went on to hold then break the Dutchman's serve again courtesy of an easy put away at the net.
The point of the match was won by Djokovic at the start of the second as he recovered from a seemingly impossible position to finally get to the lob and pass the world number 55 on the turn.
   Nole raced into a 4-0 lead, but it continued to be a strange performance as he squandered his own serve to love in the next game. Once again Djokovic broke, but yet again he dropped his serve  for the fourth time in the match - when presented with a match point.
   Haase only managed to hold serve twice in the entire match though and it was a straight forward task for Novak as a crunching return winner set up match point and he made no mistake.
  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite and
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Apr 19, 2012

Djokovic beat Dolgopolov - Monte Carlo 2012

   Djokovic is through to the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters.
The top seed fought back from a set down to defeat world no.21 Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in 1 hour and 40 minutes. Congratulations.
   Dolgopolov started strong and took the opening set 6-2 with a double break.
   Nole broke his opponent’s serve in the second game of the second set and consolidated the break with a battling hold, coming from 0-40 down. The world no.1 made one more break and closed out the set with a cross court forehand winner to level up the match.
The 2009 runner-up converted his break point opportunity in the ninth game of the decisive third set and served out the match with a comfortable service hold.
Match statistics: aces (5-5), double faults (2-0), winners (19-21), unforced errors (32-35), total points won (82-72).
   Novak Djokovic capitalised on 3 of his 9 break point chances and won 77 per cent of his first serve points.
Next up for the 24-year-old Serb will be a QF encounter with world no.55 Robin Haase. The Dutchman eliminated Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
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Apr 18, 2012

Djokovic beat Seppi - Monte Carlo 2012

   Djokovic beat Seppi   2 : 0 (6:1) (6:4). Congratulations!

World number one Novak Djokovic advanced to the Monte Carlo Masters third round after defeating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1 6-4 in the season's first big claycourt tournament on Wednesday.
   The Serb, who is chasing Rafael Nadal's French Open crown after winning the last three grand slam events, had a flying start to go 4-0 up but was less impressive afterwards and needed 88 minutes to edge out Seppi - ranked 44th in the world.
   Novak easily grabbed the first set but was made to work a little harder in the second as Seppi, who had lost their six previous ties, played more aggressively.
   Djokovic will next take on 16th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.
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Apr 1, 2012

Djokovic beat Murray - Miami 2012

Djokovic downs Murray 2:0 (6:1) (7:6) Congratulations!
Nole is a three-time Sony Ericsson Open champion!
   World no.1 captured his 11th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 30th career trophy when he beat no.4 seed Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6(4) in 2 hours and 17 minutes on a hot Sunday afternoon.
   Djokovic dominated the first set breaking Murray in the fourth and sixth games for 6-1.
The second set went into a tie-breaker, Nole won it 7-4.
   Nole has not dropped a set at Crandon Park. En route to the final, he beat Marcos Baghdatis, Viktor Troicki, Richard Gasquet , David Ferrer and Juan Monaco.
   Djokovic is now 3-1 in Miami finals. He defeated Canas in 2007 and Nadal in 2011, and lost to Murray in 2009.
Match statistics: aces (5-3), double faults (2-3), winners (19-16), unforced errors (38-39), total points won (86-70).

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