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 Novak wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year award!
   Novak wins Laureus Sportsman of the Year award! Djokovic won the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award on Monday at a ceremony in London.
   Laureus World Sports Awards are given annually since 2000 to sportspeople who have been outstanding during the previous year.
   At the Ceremony, staged in the heart of London at Central Hall, Westminster, the world’s best player, winner of 10 titles last year and reigning Australian Open champion, has won the top honour seeing off competition including stars like Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt, Dirk Nowicki and others.
2011 Laureus World Sports Awards Winners
Sportsman of the Year: Novak Djokovic
Sportswoman of the Year: Vivian Cheruiyot
Team of the Year: FC Barcelona
Breakthrough of the Year: Rory McIlroy
Comeback of the Year: Darren Clarke
Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Oscar Pistorius
Action Sportsperson of the Year: Kelly Slater
Lifetime Achievement Award: Bobby Charlton
Sports for Good Award: Raí Souza

" Thank you for this great award.
   I am beyond words to describe how i feel tonight. Just to be in the same room with the world’s greatest athletes, whom I will allow myself to call “LEGENDS of the sport“ is a great honor and privilege.
   Well, then, you can imagine how honored I feel right now to be entitled to hold this award, and to be called the World’s sportsman of the year. This award means a lot to me, my team, my family, and my fans around the world.
  I will use this opportunity to thank the Laureus Foundation for doing a great job around the world. Sport is indeed an inspiration and motivation to many of us, the language we all understand and love.
   I hope that my example can send a powerful message to all the kids around the world. I was also a kid who grew up in a poor country, torn apart with war, kid who dared to dream about becoming the world’s best athlete. And yet, I stand here in front of you tonight, with this special and dear award, and hope that each kid dares to dream, and choses this path that I chose. Sport is something that every society should nurture, and this is what Laureus stands for. I will make sure on my side that the message is conveyed and that sport stays as pure as it is today.
   Thank you for considering me for this award, and for honoring me to take it home with me tonight. "
 SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite, NoleOFFICIAL2012 and thabesttrailers. Thnaks to All!
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Nole's exclusive post-final interview! AUS OPEN 2012
Enjoy Novak's exclusive 2012 Australian Open post-final interview. 
World's media salutes Novak after historic Australian Open win
   Here is the world's media reaction to Nole's super-human effort over Nadal in one of the most greatest Gran Slam finals ever!
" Djokovic pulls off miracle to win marathon battle "
   The manner in which Djokovic withstood Nadal's passionate rally in the fourth set and came from 2-4 down in the fifth set, was incredible. Somehow, on jelly legs, Djokovic out-fought the game's greatest fighter to the final point. We started this tournament with talk of a Big Four or, more reasonably given Andy Murray remains a grand slam maiden, a Big Three. Surely, eventually, we finished with a Big One.
Richard Hinds, Sydney Morning Herald
" Victory cry: Djokovic wins Championship in epic thriller "
   " The Serb relentlessly pounded Nadal's second serve to expose gaping holes in the Spaniard's defence to land his fifth major, joining Andre Agassi. Roger Federer and Mats Wilander as the only men to win three or more Australian crowns since 1968. In much the same way Nadal relishes his stroke-for-stroke match-up with Federer,Djokovic exerts a similar thrall over Nadal."
Leo Schlink, Australian Herald Sun
" Djokovic Superhuman "
  He is the king of the circuit, the number 1 in the world, the true ruler of tennis right now.
David Menayo, Spain's Marca
" Djokovic tops Nadal in five sets "
   It was not just the ticking clock or the grand occasion that made it special. It was the quality, both defensive and offensive, under duress, and though the strain was evident on their faces, above all Djokovic’s with his slightly vacant gaze, it was not nearly so evident once the ball was in play.
Christopher Clarey, New York Times
" Wizard of OZ "
   Novak Djokovic ripped off his shirt and let out a primal scream, flexing his torso the way a prize fighter would after a desperate, last-round knockout.
This was the final act in Djokovic's victory over Rafael Nadal – a sweat-drenched, sneaker-squeaking 5 hour, 53-minute endurance contest that ended at 1:37 am Monday morning in Melbourne.
John Pye, Huffington Post

   John Lloyd, former British number one & BBC Sport commentator: “ Incredible. The greatness we talked about last year but this match was the most important of Djokovic's career. To beat who he beat after playing Murray in the semi-final and being a break down in the fifth. The amount of respect he will have gained from the other players having gone toe-to-toe with Nadal with that level of exhaustion. Definitely the greatest match he's ever played. ”
   Frew McMillan, a former professional male tennis player who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, in 1992, now a tennis commentator for Eurosport, said : " He's got the heart of a superman and the mind of a genius. "
   Jon Wertheim, Novak Djokovic defends as champion, but that's the least of it. Winning two titanic battles in succession -- one over Andy Murray, and the absolute epic against Rafael Nadal -- completely re-frames his entire career. We keep talking about this golden age in men's tennis. What do we say about the man who has won four of the last five major events in this unparalleled era?
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Djokovic beat Nadal 3:2 - Australian Open 2012 
Nole downs Rafa 3:2! Djokovic is a three-time Australian Open champion!
   Novak Djokovic has won the longest Grand Slam final in history to defend the men's singles crown, downing Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.
   The Serbian came from 4-2 down in the fifth set to win in 5h 53min to defeat the Spaniard for the third straight Grand Slam final!
   In his acceptance speech, Novak said, " Rafa, you're one of the best players ever, one of the most respected players on tour. We made history tonight; unfortunately there couldn't be two winners tonight. I wish you all the best for this season and I hope that we will have many more finals like this. "
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Djokovic downs Murray 3:2 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012
 World No. 1 and defending champion Djokovic reached the Australian Open final for the third time on Friday night after edging two-time runner-up Murray in a pulsating semi-final clash in Melbourne.
   Djokovic came back from two sets to one down to win the thriller 6-3, 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-1, 7-5.
   Grande Novak wins 400th career match, faces Nadal in Melbourne final!

   The defending champion will now play 2009 Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated final.
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Djokovic beat Ferrer! AUS OPEN 2012
Novak Djokovic beat David Ferrer 3:0 ( 6:4/7:6/6:1 )
    Djokovic completes a clean sweep for the top four seeds in their respective quartefinals. He will meet fourth seed Andy Murray on Friday.
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Djokovic beat Hewitt 3:1 AUS OPEN
Djokovic beat Hewitt 3:1 ( 6:1 / 6:3 / 4:6 / 6:3 ) 
   Novle, who is bidding for his 5th Grand Slam title, ended local favourite’s hopes with a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in 2 hours and 56 minutes under the lights on packed Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
   Djokovic will play against fifth-seeded David Ferrer for a place in the semi-finals.
   Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer have met eleven times, Novak leads 6-5!
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Djokovic receives Orthodox award!
  International Fund of unity of Orthodox peoples awarded prizes for 2012. Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria, Mahmut Abbas president of Palestine and Serbian Tennis Player Novak Djokovic.
   The award of the International Fund for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples is given annually to heads of state and government, speakers of parliament, Orthodox clergy and political leaders for their achievements in establishing economic and political ties in keeping with the traditions of Eastern Christianity. More than 50 people have received the award since it was established several years ago. Along with Mahmoud Abbas, this year’s nominees include Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodore II and famous Serbian tennis-player Novak Djokovic, “a generous charity provider, who helps restore sacred sites in Kosovo and Metohija”.
   Djokovic was awarded on the recommendation of the top Serbian Orthodox Church, said in a statement.
   Russian Patriarch Kirill said that Djokovic example, not only successful athletes, but also of Orthodox believers, who are "acting in their Hope in God's will", announced today VIA
" Also, he has committed, helps many Serbian Orthodox Churches, including the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija, children and youth funded humanitarian programs ", said the Russian Orthodox Church.
   As noted, all Djokovic is my country, Serbia, and Russia's recognition of him is of great importance.
" Russia is a sincere friend of my homeland, it is much helped Serbia ", Djokovic said.
   Djokovic, who expressed gratitude for the recognition of the International Fund of unity of Orthodox
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Novak Djokovic beat Nicolas Mahut 3:0! AUS OPEN 2012
Djokovic achieved another important victory.
Nole in destructive mode!
   Novak has recorded his third consecutive straight-sets win, beating Nicolas Mahut 3:0  ( 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 ).
Through three matches, Novak has lost just 10 games.  
   The top seed will go for his 11th straight match win in Melbourne when he plays either no.23 seed Milos Raonic or Australian Lleyton Hewitt on Monday.  
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 Djokovic beat Giraldo! 3:0
   Novak Djokovic beat Santiago Giraldo 3:0  ( 6:3 / 6:2 / 6:1)
Djokovic easy victory in the second match at Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic in the third round of Australian Open. Congratulations!
  Novak will play the next match against Frenchman Nicolas Maua (81 in world rankings).
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Novak Djokovic beat Paolo Lorenzi 3:0 
Novak Djokovic beat Paolo Lorenzi 3:0  ( 6:2 / 6:0 / 6:0 )
    Djokovic easily beat Italians Paolo Lorenzi at the first match at the Australian Open.

    Lorenzi made a promising start against World No. 1 Djokovic, breaking for a 2-1 lead on Tuesday afternoon in Melbourne, but his hopes for an upset were quickly extinguished. The defending champion prevented the 109th-ranked Lorenzi from winning another game, rolling to a 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 victory after one hour and 32 minutes. Djokovic hit 22 winners to the Italian's 10, and made just 13 unforced errors compared to Lorenzi's 30.
 Source: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite  and  Australian Open Official Site
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Australian Open draw revealed, Novak and Mary in the same half!
Australian Open 2012.
Australian Open draw revealed, Murray in Novak's half!The 2012 Australian Open draw has been revealed on Friday morning in Melbourne.
  The first Grand Slam tournament of the season begins on Monday, January 16, at Melbourne Park. 128 players will be fighting during two weeks for the title and 2000 ATP points.

  The defending champion is given top seed and will start his bid for a fifth Grand Slam title against world no.108 Italian Paolo Lorenzi. Novak won their only encounter back in 2010.

Djokovic will play against the winner of the match between No.51 in the ATP rankings, Santiago Giraldo of Columbia, and a qualifier in the second round.
  The earliest seed the 24-year-old Belgrade native could meet would be Czech Radek Stepanek (29) in round three.
Nole’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:
4th round: Andy Roddick (USA,15), Milos Raonic (CAN,23), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Quarter-finals: David Ferrer (ESP,5), Janko Tipsarevic (SRB,9), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Semi-finals: Andy Murray (GBR,4), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA,6), Gael Monfils (FRA,14)
  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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  Novak given top seed in Melbourne
Novak given top seed in Melbourne - (Australian Open)
   Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Djokovic are the top-seeded players at the Australian Open.

Djokovic won 3 Slams last year and is a two time champion at Melbourne.

   The 24-year-old Serb proved himself the player to beat in 2011 winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open and a record-breaking five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.

   He'll be bidding for a third Australian Open title having won his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne  back in 2008.
  The world no.1 tops the men's side of the draw from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, with Britain's Andy Murray the fourth seed.
   Men's top 10 seeds:

1 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
2 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
3 Roger Federer (SUI)
4 Andy Murray (GBR)
5 David Ferrer (ESP)
6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
7 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
8 Mardy Fish (USA)
9 Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
10 Nicolas Almagro (ESP)


    The draw for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season will be held on Friday, January 13.
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Novak is crowned Abu Dhabi champion!!!

   The world's best player beat fifth-ranked David Ferrer 6-2, 6-1 on his debut at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in UAE.
   Djokovic showed why he is no. 1 at the moment and played some great tennis with remarkable shots. The message is clear. Nole is fresh and hungry to win as he has been throughout the 2011.
   The prestigious exhibition event which has attracted six of the world's top 10 players, was a good warm-up for the new season.
   Novak began his preparations with victories over Gael Monfils (6-2, 4-6, 6-2) and Roger Federer (6-2, 6-1).
   He will now head to Australia for the first Grand Slam of the 2012 season, the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, January 16.

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                                  Nole downs Federer again!
    Novak needed less than an hour to beat last year’s finalist Roger Federer in the semi-final of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Top-ranked Djokovic swept aside Federer 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition Friday.

    Nole will face the winner of the all-Spanish clash between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer in the final of the six-man invitational tournament on Saturday.  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite  and  PartidoaPartido. Thaks to all!
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Novak among favourites for Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award!

   A spectacular year of sport has set up an exciting contest for the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award. Stars like world no.1 in tennis Novak Djokovic, Barcelona FC’s Lionel Messi and Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel will be competing with a line-up of champions for sport’s most prestigious honour.

   Nole became the dominant player in men’s tennis in 2011, winning three Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open – and taking over the world no.1 ranking on July 4.

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ATP World Tour: Djokovic – Federer USO semis top comeback of the year!!!

   ATP World Tour: Djokovic – Federer USO semis top comeback of the year.

    Novak’s comeback in the US Open semi-final match against five-time champion Roger Federer is the top comeback of the 2011 season.

    The Swiss took the first two sets. He had a 178-1 record when winning the first two sets of a Grand Slam match - the only loss coming against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon two months earlier.

   Nole had come back from a 0-2 sets deficit just once in his career - also at Wimbledon, in 2005, against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a victory that lifted him into the top 100 for the first time.

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Nole nominated for US Sports Academy's 2011 Male Athlete of the Year!

      Nole, who won three of the four Grand Slam titles this year, and has finished the 2011 season as world no.1, is one of 12 men nominated for the United States Sports Academy's 2011 Male Athlete of the Year.

    Stars like David Beckham, Ryan Lochte, Rory McIlroy and Dirk Nowitzki are among nominees.

Novak was named the Academy's September Athlete of the Month earlier this year. 

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                                  GQ: Novak named ACE of the Year

     GQ, the leading men’s general-interest magazine, announced the 2011 Men of the Year: the annual list of the men (and woman) who entertained, excited, and inspired us most this year. The biggest names in music, film, theater and sports are recognised in the December issue.
Nole was named "Ace of the Year".

On the unlikely rise of tennis's new hero!

   Tennis was not expecting this, a year ago. Tennis did not see the need. Tennis already had written the script, and it was a perfectly satisfactory one, if you liked tennis. There, in the near court, was Roger Federer, the most wonderful and successful player anyone had ever seen, slowly beginning his natural decline as he entered his 30s. Across the net was Rafa Nadal, possibly-debatably! - superior even to Federer. Certainly younger, in his mid-20s; sleek and powerful like a Grecian statue, or a tawny replica of a Grecian statue made of expensive Iberian ham.

     They would play each other, Roger and Rafa, age trying to fend off youth with grace and guts. Their rivalry would be beautiful and moving; fans would choose sides, pull for Federer to bravely turn back the clock, tell themselves they were seeing the greatest tennis in history.
     Novak Djokovic? Somebody had to lose to Federer or Nadal in the semis. So bring on the rawboned Serb: a nifty returner, a locker-room cutup, a guy one ineffable degree shy of championship material. He'd won the 2008 Australian Open, OK, and he'd beaten Federer in a wild match at the U.S. Open in 2010, but he seemed to have bobbed up to his natural level. Nadal was 16-7 against him, and 5-0 in tournament finals; Federer was 13-6. To wrap up their 2010 season, both of them beat him at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. He was 23 and ranked No. 3, and after helping pull off a Serbian victory in the Davis Cup final, he was able to close out the year on a two-match winning streak.

      Then the calendar turned over, and so did the sport. Djokovic beat Nadal on grass, on clay, and on hard court, in California, Miami, Madrid, Rome, London, and New York. He beat Federer in Australia, Dubai, California-three consecutive tournaments-lost an epic match to him at the French Open, then beat him again in Flushing. Roger and Rafa seemed as excellent as ever. But Djokovic had crossed over into the world of the '85 Bears, Pedro Martinez, Usain Bolt. It didn't matter how good anyone else was...
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         2011 year-end rankings: Nole no.1 with 13,675 points!

    The 2011 season is completed with the last night’s final of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
   Nole finishes this unbelievable year as the world no.1 to become the 16th different player to finish as no.1 in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973).
The 24-year-old Serbian star has had a historic season with a 70-6 match record (21-4 record vs top 10 players) and 10 titles - three Grand Slams, five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, Dubai (500) and Belgrade (250).
Nole is at the top with 13,675 points, 4100 points more than second-ranked Nadal, and 5,505 more than Federer in third place.

Top 10 as of Monday, November 28:

1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13.675
2. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 9,575
3. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,170
4. Andy Murray (Great Britain) 7,380
5. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,880
6. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 4,335
7. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 3,700
8. Mardy Fish (USA) 2,965
9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 2,595
10. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 2,380
*Davis Cup final (December 2-4) results might change the final ranking standings of no.10 Nicolas Almagro and no.11 Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG).

    Nole will take a well deserved rest and then start preparing for 2012 season in which he will face big challenges - a great number of points to defend and keeping the position no.1.

Hey everybody! Season is officially over for me. Wanted to thank you ALL for such a great support and so many wonderful wishes. I wish I could have been in better form for the last tournament but as I said before - everything happens for a reason. I am more than happy with everything that me and my team have achieved this year, and I will treasure and value this experience forever. Now I will rest well and soon start with preparations for season 2012. Once again, thank you for being my fans and friends, having your support throughout the year was a very important "ingredient" of the "winning formula " ;). “
    Novak Djokovic will open new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, the exhibition event bringing the world's top players to the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at Zayed Sports City on December 29-31. Nole will play his first match on Thursday, December 29, at 15.00 CET, against Frenchman Gael Monfils.
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