November 7, 2013 |
After nearly a year of global travel and dozens of matches, most of Novak Djokovic's rivals are complaining about their mental and physical fatigue. Not the Serb. He thrives in the rigors of a tough autumn finish. Unbeaten since losing the U.S. Open final to Rafael Nadal , Djokovic joined Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals semifinals at London, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday. After extending his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine, Djokovic said he was playing the best tennis of his season.
November 6, 2013 |
As the new Court 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden nears completion so does the newest dining option at California's largest tennis venue. The New York sushi restaurant Nobu will have an outlet near the new court, which holds one of only two ATP or WTA-level tournaments in the state. The new stadium court will have 8,000 seats and tickets have gone on sale for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. To find out more about the new court and restaurant, as well as ticket packages, go to http://www.bnpparibasopen.com/ . In the last three years, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have won the men's titles and Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki the women's titles.
November 5, 2013 |
When a long-time opponent says you're slowing down, it is either time to get re-energized or realize a brilliant tennis career is on the downswing. At the ATP World Finals in London this week, Novak Djokovic took note that Federer's ranking has dropped to No. 6 in the world, that the 32-year-old failed to reach the quarterfinal of any major this year, the first time that has happened since 2004; and that Federer lost in the second round of Wimbledon, a tournament he used to own. “From my point of view he hasn't been moving as well this year and I guess that's one of the reasons he hasn't had much success," Djokovoic said.
November 2, 2013 |
Denver Broncos Coach John Fox needs heart surgery and will miss several weeks, team spokesman Patrick Smyth confirmed Saturday night. Fox, 58, will undergo aortic valve replacement surgery early next week at a hospital in Charlotte, N.C. The Broncos did not immediately name an interim head coach. Fox had been told earlier about his heart condition and was hoping to put off the operation until February. As part of his trip to North Carolina over the Broncos' off week, he met with his cardiologist and was told to seek medical attention immediately if he felt any discomfort.
October 31, 2013 |
Kentucky and its roster full of high school All-Americans is the narrow choice over Michigan State in the Associated Press' preseason college basketball poll. The Wildcats, who finished last season with an NIT opening-round loss at Robert Morris, received 27 first-place votes and 1,546 points from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans, who return four starters from the team that lost to Duke in the NCAA tournament's round of 16, snared 22 first-place votes and 1,543 points.
October 30, 2013 |
Tennis star Novak Djokovic, whose family already owns one of the most popular restaurants in his home city of Belgrade in Serbia, now has an airplane named after him: @RTS_Vesti @DjokerNole #Djokovicplane #LetimosaNoletom pic.twitter.com/i9HUZAwuU7 - AirSERBIA (@SerbianNational) October 25, 2013 Air Serbia, the country's new national airline carrier, named its first plane after Djokovic. The plane is an Airbus and is painted in the country's colors.
October 12, 2013 |
Juan Martin del Potro served notice on Saturday that he's a force again in men's tennis by upsetting No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro, who has climbed back to No. 5 in the world after a debilitating wrist injury cost him most of 2010 on the tour, will play second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. The last time Del Potro defeated Nadal was in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, which happens to be the only Grand Slam singles title of the Argentine's career.
October 11, 2013 |
After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home. In his first regular PGA Tour event, Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the Frys.com Open with a seven-under-par 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak going into the weekend at CordeValle. Kokrak, a runner-up at this event last year, hit a six-iron to the par-five ninth hole to within a foot for eagle and a 65. Koepka, a 23-year-old Floridian, received a sponsor's exemption into the PGA Tour season opener between stops in Scotland and Shanghai.
October 5, 2013 |
Simone Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross to give the U.S. women's gymnastics team a sweep of the first two places in the all-around competition Friday in the world championships at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles, 16, also qualified for all four apparatus finals this weekend, the first female U.S. gymnast to do so since Shannon Miller in 1991. Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo, led by 0.016 points going into the floor routine, but Biles finished impressively for an overall score of 60.216 points to Ross' 59.332.
September 9, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Rafael Nadal fell to the court once. Then he stood up. Then he fell down again. Maybe they were separate tumbles for each of his U.S. Open titles. Nadal, the popular 27-year-old Spaniard, decisively defeated No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, to win his second U.S. Open title and his 13th Grand Slam tournament championship. "Very, very emotional, no?" said Nadal, who missed this tournament last year because of knee problems. "Probably only my team knows how much this means for me. " The consensus Monday night was that Nadal's victory means he is the player of the year in men's tennis, even though the No. 2-ranked Spaniard is unlikely to dislodge Djokovic from the top spot in the ATP tour computer rankings.