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Djokovic to meet Nadal in US Open final (Intro Roundup)
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Djokovic to meet Nadal in US Open final (Intro Roundup)

Sep 8 2013, 3:52am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 8 (IANS) World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a five-set battle to outclass Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday, setting up a meeting with World No.2 Rafael Nadal of Spain in Monday's US Open final.

New York, Sep 8 — World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a five-set battle to outclass Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday, setting up a meeting with World No.2 Rafael...

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Djokovic to meet Nadal in US Open final (Intro Roundup)

Sep 8 2013, 3:52am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 8 (IANS) World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a five-set battle to outclass Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday, setting up a meeting with World No.2 Rafael Nadal of Spain in Monday's US Open final.

New York, Sep 8 — World No.1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia survived a five-set battle to outclass Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday, setting up a meeting with World No.2 Rafael Nadal of Spain in Monday's US Open final.

"That's what we live for, what we practise for," said the Serbian who reached his fourth straight US Open final, about the epic 249-minute match against ninth-seeded Swiss, reports Xinhua.

"I gave everything of my own," said the 28-year-old Wawrinka, who won the respect in his Grand Slam semi-final debut.

It wasn't the longest match between the two players. They had played each other in the Australian Open and Djokovic also won in five sets, which lasted for 302 minutes, 53 minutes longer than Saturday's match.

"I think that is completely different match than the match we played in the Australian Open. In the Australian Open, I had to play my best game to stay with him."

The first set was a surprising one, in which the ninth seed made three breaks to win 6-2.

Wawrinka took his good form into the second set, breaking the 26-year-old Serbian to lead 4-2.

Djokovic refused to give up, winning the next three games to overtake the Swiss and lead 5-4. Both players kept the serve until the tiebreak, in which Wawrinka made a key double fault to lose 7-4.

The third set went smoothly in the first seven games, and Wawrinka managed to break afterwards, holding serve to take a 2-1 lead.

Djokovic took back a set by 6-3, taking the match into the decisive fifth set. The 21-minute game took place after 1-1.

Wawrinka's service game produced as many as 12 deuces. The World No.10 saved five break points to hold his serve, giving himself a 2-1 lead.

"Wawrinka was a better player for most of the better part of the match because he was aggressive and played better tennis," said Djokovic about the game.

"Other hand, I just tried to hang on and fight and be mentally tough and believe all the way...thought I can actually win.

However, Wawrinka felt more difficult to keep his next serve, dropping the game to allow Djokovic to lead 3-2. Neither player was able to break in the following game and Djokovic finally won the match 6-4.

The two players tied in total points won 165-165, Wawrinka hit 19 more winners than his opponent, but made 23 more unforced errors.

Djokovic will fight for his second Grand Slam title this season. He won the Australian Open earlier this year. He had played US Open final in last three years, but only took the title in 2011.

"Playing four finals now in a row and five in total, I mean, it's great," said Djokovic. "Seven, eight years that I have been coming back here I have played at least semi-finals in every US Open. Fantastic."

Nadal beat French talent Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Nadal broke in the very first game and led by 2-0. Gasquet couldn't find any chance to break back, losing the first set 6-4.

Gasquet finally accomplished his break in the second set, and the two players leveled until 6-6 to enter the tiebreak where Nadal dominated to take the set 7-6 (7-1).

Nadal made things easier after leading 3-0 to start the third set, moving on to conclude the match 6-2.

The winner of nine ATP titles in this season would face Djokovic in the final Monday, and that would be the 37th time for the two to play each other.

"I prefer to play against the another one," joked Nadal. "It's good for both of us, we are playing at very good level so the match becomes great because we play long rallies, we bring our game to the limit situations, and becomes a very difficult match for both of us."

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic Becomes a Father to Boy Named Stefan

Oct 22 2014 6:48am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Novak Djokovic has become a father, the world's top-ranked tennis player confirmed on Twitter on Wednesday. The Serbian's wife, Jelena, gave birth to a baby boy named Stefan. Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!! — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 22, 2014 Djokovic married earlier this summer, just days after he ...
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Djokovic's wife gives birth to first child, a boy

Oct 22 2014 3:01am CDT | Source: ESPN.com - Tennis

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is the proud father of a baby b ...
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Djokovic Celebrates Birth Of Baby Boy

Oct 21 2014 11:25pm CDT | Source: ATP World Tour

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic welcomed a healthy baby boy on Tuesday in Nice, according to Serbian media reports. [[More Tennis News on ATPWo ...
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Novak Djokovic’s wife gives birth to baby boy, according to Serbian reports

Oct 21 2014 5:35pm CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

It’s a boy! Serbian media reported late Tuesday night that Novak Djokovic’s wife, Jelena, has given birth to the couple’s first child, a baby boy. A report by Novosti Online said that the pair’s families celebrated at the “Novak” restaurants and that Djokovic is “happy, proud and joyful.” ...
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Becker surprised by Federer form

Oct 14 2014 6:46pm CDT | Source: ESPN STAR Sports

Scarcely could Novak Djokovic have imagined that the birth of his child would coincide with a battle against Roger Federer for the world number one r ...
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How Federer can steal the year-end No. 1 ranking

Oct 13 2014 4:05pm CDT | Source: USA Today: Sports

With one-month left in the season, Federer has narrowed the gap on No. 1 Djokovic. Can he keep it up?         ...
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Djokovic survives at upset-riddled Shanghai Masters

Oct 9 2014 11:13am CDT | Source: CBC Sports

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided being the latest seed to lose at the upset-hit Shanghai Masters, rallying to defeat No. 85-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third ro ...
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Djokovic Survives; Ferrer Downs Murray

Oct 9 2014 11:02am CDT | Source: ESPN.com - Tennis

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Novak Djokovic is impressed with Yao Ming's size

Oct 8 2014 11:31am CDT | Source: SBNation

I got to meet Yao Ming today. Very big guy ;) pic.twitter.com/rnCGm4Rp5k — Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) October 8, 2014 Novak Djokovic is not a small man. The world's No.1 tennis player stands at 6'2, and was completely dwarfed by Yao Ming when the two met. Cool, so one is shorter than the other. What we're really intrigued by is three little words, a semicolon and a closed parentheses. ...
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