Novak Djokovic will take on the British superstar Andy Murray in his second Round Robin match of the ATP World Tour Finals. In his first Round Robin match, Djokovic easily defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France. He defeated the no. 1 French player by 7-6(4), 6-3. It took him just 100 minutes to win that match. On the other hand, Murray had to toil hard to win his first Round Robin match against Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic.
This is going to be 17th match between these two players. Out the last 16 matches, Djokovic has won 9, while, Andy Murray has won 7. The last match between these two players was played in Shanghai. That was a cracker of a match. At one point of time, Djokovic was on the verge of a defeat in that match, but, he saved a couple of match points to take the second set into the tie breaker and then, won that tie breaker to extend the match to the third set. However, he didn’t manage to get better of Murray in the third set and lost the match.
Djokovic is in great form at the moment. on the other hand, Murray has been a bit consistent of late. In the recently played Paribas Masters 2012, he was knocked out of the third round.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the match against Murray, Djokovic said, Playing against a player of the calibre of Andy Murray is going to be a huge challenge for sure. It will be an important encounter for both of us. We have played quite a few matches against each other in the past. So, we know each other’s game pretty well. It’s going to be a close match and hopefully, I would end up on the winning side.”
A Serbian professional player, born in the year 1987, Novak Djokovic has been ranked number one by the Associate of Tennis Professionals since July 4th 2011. His winning records and streaks are as worthy of awards in themselves. Novak Djokovic has won five grand slam awards – the 2008, 2011, 2012 Australian Open, the 2011 Wimbledon Championship and the 2011 U.S Open Championship.
What makes Novak Djokovic special is that he is the only Serbian player to have won the Major single title and also one of the youngest players to have reached the semifinals of all four grand slam events consecutively.
Novak Djokovic began his winning season in 2012 by winning the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic won three rounds against Paolo Lorenzi, Nicolas Mahut and Hewitt. In the quarter finals of the same tournament, Novak Djokovic won against David Ferrer, and in the semi finals Djokovic beat Andy Murray before taking on former champion Rafael Nadal in the Final. The match went on for around six hours when finally Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal by 7-5 in the final set.
Apart from all of this, Novak Djokovic was also named as the 2011 ITF World Championship, and was rightly named by Boris Becker as one of the very best tennis players in a long time. What’s more – even Rafael Nadal (who has been defeated by Novak Djokovic on many occasions) has described Djokovic’s as a top class performer.
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The world number one Novak Djokovic has revealed that he was plagued not only by a hamstring problem in his quarterfinal match, but also by breathing difficulties. Despite these significant setbacks, he battled through against the tireless David Ferrer to book a place in the semi-finals against fourth seed Andy Murray.
The Serbian looked uncomfortable at times on court, and it occasionally seemed to affect his concentration, but he insists that he will be fully fit in time for the match with Murray.
“I have no concerns of recovering for the next match,” said Novak. “I found it very difficult after a long time to breathe because I felt the whole day my nose was closed a little bit. I just wasn’t able to get enough oxygen.”
This didn’t stop him winning in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 against the Spaniard, whatever problems Djokovic faced on the day. He also paid tribute to his opponent and must be pleased that he managed to find such an impressive level despite his injury worries. “I needed more time, which I didn’t have – but in these conditions, at this stage of the tournament, when you’re playing someone like David, your physical strength and endurance come into question,” said the world number one.
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