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'Not easy to dominate' – Federer feels for younger generation

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Roger Federer insists that the success of younger players such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric, and Karen Khachanov should not be overlooked

SWISS LEGEND. Roger Federer captures his 102nd career singles title. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)

'Kyrgios good guy even if no respect for me,' says Djokovic

Jun 20, 2019 - 5:28 PM

The notorious Nick Kyrgios describes Novak Djokovic as 'cringeworthy,' saying the world No. 1 is desperate to be held in the same high regard as Roger Federer

NO BIG DEAL. Novak Djokovic (left) says Nick Kyrgios’ unflattering description of him doesn’t keep him 'awake at night.' Photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Djokovic tops ATP rankings ahead of Nadal, Federer

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:50 PM

The top 3 remains unchanged despite Rafael Nadal claiming the French Open title recently

STILL NO. 1. Novak Djokovic retains his top spot in the world rankings. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

French Open winner Nadal still lagging Djokovic in rankings

Jun 10, 2019 - 7:54 PM

Nadal trails Djokovic by more than 4,000 points in the latest ATP rankings

CLAY KING. Rafael Nadal reasserts his status as king of clay with a 12th French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 6:13 AM

Austrian Dominic Thiem upsets world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to set up a final showdown against defending champion Rafael Nadal

GRUELING. Austria's Dominic Thiem (right) and Serbia's Novak Djokovic shake hands at the end of their grueling semifinal match played over two days. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Djokovic embracing history and Thiem's 'Ringo Starr' threat

Jun 07, 2019 - 11:31 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic faces an 'unheralded' Dominic Thiem in the French Open semifinals

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles quarter-final match on day twelve of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 6, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Djokovic powers into record 10th straight French Open quarterfinal

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:54 PM

The world No. 1 keeps alive his bid to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles simultaneously for the second time

PERENNIAL CONTENDER. Novak Djokovic becomes the first player to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the 10th straight time. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)

World No. 1 Osaka's Paris dream shattered by Siniakova

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:19 AM

Naomi Osaka crashes out of Roland Garros as Novak Djokovic cruises into the fourth round

OUSTED. Naomi Osaka’s hopes of winning a third successive Grand Slam comes to an end. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

'I can make history again': Novak eyeing second 'Djoko Slam'

May 28, 2019 - 11:47 AM

The Serbian is one of only 3 men, along with Don Budge and Rod Laver, to have won 4 straight Slam tournaments

'DJOKO SLAM'. Novak Djokovic is on course to copping all 4 Grand Slam titles like his feat in 2016. Photo from Roland Garros Twitter

Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Italian Open title at stake

May 19, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Serbian world No. 1 says 'it's the ultimate challenge' of playing the Spanish great

SETTLE THE SCORE. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are 2-2 in their previous 4 meetings. File Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Novak Djokovic tightens grip on top spot in world rankings

May 13, 2019 - 11:37 PM

Trailing the Serbian world No. 1 are fierce rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

LANDSLIDE. Novak Djokovic holds an advantage of more than 4000 points over second-running Rafael Nadal. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world No. 1

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of second-running Rafael Nadal

STRONGHOLD. Novak Djokovic has been at the top of the world rankings for 20 weeks now. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Novak says all good with Roger, Rafa despite reported rift

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:35 PM

'We are rivals of course so it's hard to be friends,' says Novak Djokovic, who has been ripped by fellow superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal over tennis politics

NO FALLOUT. Novak Djokovic (left) says there’s no need to ‘create any tensions or divisions’ between him and fellow tennis superstars Rafael Nadal (center) and Roger Federer. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic, Biles win Laureus sports people of year awards

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Novak Djokovic beats France's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and NBA superstar LeBron James for the award

2018 SPORTS STARS. Tennis star Novak Djokovic and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles are awarded for their achievements in 2018. Photo from Australian Open Twitter (Djokovic) and Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP (Biles)

Djokovic’s target: Matching Federer's 20 Grand Slams

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he's motivated to 'have a shot' at Roger Federer's record

NEXT GOAL. After ruling the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic heads to the French Open where he seeks to become the only man in the Open Era to win all 4 majors twice. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent 7th Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) World No.1 Novak Djokovic puts on a show of flawless tennis to outclass Rafael Nadal

Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Djokovic, Nadal set up Australian Open title showpiece

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prove to be unforgiving in their march to the 2019 Australian Open final

HISTORIC. Records are in sight in the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal title duel. Photos from AFP

Dominant Djokovic demolishes Pouille to set up Nadal final

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Novak Djokovic arranges a blockbuster Australian Open championship duel against the similarly ruthless Rafael Nadal

QUICK WORK. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic celebrates after quickly bundling out regular practice partner Lucas Pouille in the semifinal. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Djokovic through to Pouile semis after Nishikori retires

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:39 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic enjoys an early night as Kei Nishikori retires with a thigh strain in the Australian Open

LUCKY BREAK. After a late-night quarterfinal win, Novak Djokovic luckily cruises through the Final Four. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Djokovic survives challenge to reach Australian Open quarters

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:31 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic drops a set in a physical battle with Daniil Medvedev

TOUGH EXAMINATION. Novak Djokovic continues to prove why he's the world's No. 1 men's tennis player. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Djokovic cruises to Australian Open last 16 despite floodlight fury

Jan 19, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'I think there was no sense to turn on lights on court at 5pm when we have another 4 hours of daylight,' fumes Novak Djokovic

FURY. Serbia's Novak Djokovic gives up a set to Canada's Denis Shapovalov because of the Australian Open floodlight situation. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Djokovic begins seventh Aussie Open title bid with romp

Jan 15, 2019 - 8:31 PM

The world No. 1 makes quick work of Mitchell Krueger to set up a second round date with old foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

CONSISTENTLY GREAT. Novak Djokovic has now advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for 13 straight years. Photo from Twitter (@AustralianOpen)

Djokovic, Halep top seeds at Australian Open

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 players Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep face a stern challenge in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year

Federer says Novak man to beat in Melbourne

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:16 PM

'With his class, once he gets his groove back he is hard to beat,' Federer on world No. 1 Djokovic as the Australian Open gets going next week

USUAL SUSPECTS. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are tabbed as usual favorites when the Grand Slam season unfolds. Photo by Matthew Stockman/AFP

Djokovic's conqueror Bautista Agut takes Qatar Open title

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:45 AM

After stunning world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semis, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut completes his stellar run with a championship

SURPRISE CHAMP. Roberto Bautista Agut bags his ninth career title and improves his world ranking to No. 23. Photo from Live Tennis

Djokovic crashes out of Qatar Open

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut shocks world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to advance to the final round

FRUSTRATED. Novak Djokovic admits he thought he was ‘pretty much in control’ of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut. Photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Djokovic battles through to Qatar Open semifinals 2019

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:27 AM

The world No. 1 wins back-to-back matches from a set down for the first time since Cincinnati in August last year, a tournament he went on to win

NO COMPLACENCY. Novak Djokovic says he still has plenty of room for improvement. File photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Djokovic to injured Nadal: 'We need you'

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:51 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says Rafael Nadal must return from injury again as the sport needs a 'legend' like him

ALL-TIME GREATS. Novak Djokovic (right) believes Rafael Nadal can pull off another comeback. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Djokovic wins first match of 2019 in just 55 minutes

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:33 AM

The world No. 1 cruises past Damir Dzumhur at the start of the Qatar Open

WARM UP. Competing in Doha has long been part of Novak Djokovic’s build up for the Australian Open. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

'Big Four' still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Djokovic

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:21 PM

Since and including 2010, the Serbian star, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have won 32 Grand Slams between them

CRAVING FOR MORE. Novak Djokovic heads into the new season seeking to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles. File photo by Johannes Eiselle / AFP

Djokovic: 'I'd be lying if Federer record not on my mind'

Dec 30, 2018 - 9:17 AM

After ruling the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, Novak Djokovic keeps his sights on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam record

ON A ROLL. Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory over Kevin Anderson at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2018 in Abu Dhabi. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

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Nov 19, 2018 - 8:56 PM

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Djokovic crushes Isner in ATP Finals opener

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Novak Djokovic is a red-hot favorite to draw level on six titles at the season finale with Roger Federer

FAVORITE. Novak Djokovic sweeps John Isner in the ATP Finals opening game. File Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP.

Djokovic returns to world No. 1

Nov 05, 2018 - 10:13 PM

The Serb regains the top world rank for the first time in over two years

BACK ON TOP. Novak Djokovic overtakes Rafael Nadal at the top. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 05, 2018 - 9:07 PM

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Khachanov revels in 'biggest achievement' after Djokovic upset

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:26 PM

The Russian triumphs in the Paris Masters final and denies the Serb a fourth title in a row

FIRST TIME. Karen Khachanov becomes the third different first-time winner of a Masters tournament this season, joining Juan Martin del Potro and John Isner. Photo from Shutterstock

'One of my best': Djokovic edges Federer in Paris Masters thriller

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The Serbian denies the Swiss a historic 100th title by advancing to the finals

STREAK. Novak Djokovic extends his winning run to 22 outings. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

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Nov 01, 2018 - 2:38 PM

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Nadal pulls out of Paris, Djokovic takes world No. 1 spot

Nov 01, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Sidelined with injuries, Rafael Nadal relinquishes the top spot to Novak Djokovic

SWITCHING SPOTS. Serbia's Novak Djokovic (right) reclaims the top spot he held two years ago as Spain's Rafael Nadal drops out of the Paris Masters.  Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Novak Djokovic closing in on Rafael Nadal's No. 1 spot

Oct 15, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Serbian improves to No. 2 and is now 215 points behind the Spaniard in the ATP rankings

RIVALRY. Novak Djokovic (left) lurks behind world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the world rankings. File photo by Nic Bothman/AFP

Djokovic wins Shanghai to close on world No.1 Nadal

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Novak Djokovic is within touching distance of Rafael Nadal's No. 1 ranking after ruling the Shanghai Masters

NEW NOVAK. After recovering from an injury, Novak Djokovic says he needed to ‘reinvent’ himself. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup

Sep 22, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The Kevin Anderson-Jack Sock tandem upsets the the doubles dream team of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

UPSET. Team World's Jack Sock of the United States and Kevin Anderson of South Africa outlast Team Europe's Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland in the men's doubles match. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images for The Laver Cup/AFP

Djokovic to provide firepower for Team Europe at Laver Cup

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Team Europe vies to defend its crown with US Open champion Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the helm

DEFENDING CHAMPS. Grigor Dimitrov of Team Europe takes a selfie with teammates Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic,Jeremy Chardy and Alexander Zverev at the official Laver Cup welcome ceremony. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for The Laver Cup/AFP

US Open 2018 champion Djokovic: 'I owe Federer, Nadal'

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Serbian star matches Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title

RESPECT. Novak Djokovic tips his hat to rival Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for shaping him to the player he is today. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

Djokovic wins third U.S. Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Novak Djokovic, playing in his 8th final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just 3 Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men's singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic, Del Potro march into US Open final

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro arrange a US Open final clash as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal quits

HE'S BACK. Two-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after disposing of Japan's Kei Nishikori in the 2018 US Open men's singles semifinal. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

After stunning Federer, Millman fails to conquer Djokovic

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Australian John Millman's fairytale US Open run comes to an end at the hands of Novak Djokovic

NO UPSET. Novak Djokovic of Serbia hugs John Millman of Australia after their men's singles quarterfinal match. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic in survival mode as heat delivers beating

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Novak Djokovic shrugs off sweltering heat in winning return at the US Open 2018

PUNISHING. Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a break from the extreme heat while playing against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at the US Open. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Djokovic wins Cincinnati title to complete Masters matched set

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:55 AM

After coming up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, the Serbian beats Roger Federer for the title

HISTORIC. Novak Djokovic becomes the first man to win all nine of the ATP's Masters 1000 events in the elite series' current configuration. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic captures 4th Wimbledon crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades

RESURGENT. Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes  the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP