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Djokovic heaps praise on 'very complete' Medvedev

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:49 PM

'The last several months he's been playing the tennis of his life,' says Novak Djokovic about Daniil Medvedev

'COMPLETE'. Novak Djokovic sees the potential of young Russian Daniil Medvedev. File photo from Wimbledon Twitter

Djokovic stuns Japan Open with machine-like tennis

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'I am not a machine. But I did play like one today,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

BACK AT IT. After sustaining an injury, Novak Djokovic quickly recovers his winning form. File photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic advances to Japan Open quarterfinal

Oct 02, 2019 - 9:39 PM

Novak Djokovic says he's going in the right direction after playing 3 days in a row

QUARTERS. Novak Djokovic is confident of his chances in the 2019 Japan Open. Photo from Twitter (@Wimbledon)

Djokovic returns to winning in Japan after US Open injury

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says his shoulder feels 'fine' as he sweeps Australian challenger Alexei Popyrin

STEADY RECOVERY. Novak Djokovic returns to competition after pulling out of the 2019 US Open 4th round due to a left shoulder injury. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Djokovic in Brisbane, Nadal in Perth as ATP Cup draw made

Sep 16, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The ATP Cup, the lead-up to the next Australian Open, will feature 24 nations split into 6 groups

TENNIS GREATS. Novak Djokovic will lead Serbia while Rafael Nadal will spearhead Spain. File photo by Nic Bothman/AFP


Djokovic quits as Wawrinka advances; Federer rolls at U.S. Open

Sep 02, 2019 - 12:15 PM

After dropping the first two sets, injured Novak Djokovic retires against Stan Wawrinka in a shock end to his title defense bid

IN PAIN. Novak Djokovic’s injury problem resurfaces just a few days after saying he’s 'almost pain-free.' Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Heckler helps 'almost pain-free' Djokovic to U.S. Open win

Aug 31, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Novak Djokovic gets captured on video telling a heckler: 'I'll come find you. I'll find you after. Trust me, I'll find you'

MOTIVATED. Novak Djokovic says the heckler actually did him 'a big favor.' Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Under-the-radar Wawrinka lines up potential Djokovic clash

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:20 AM

After struggling with injuries, former champion Stan Wawrinka says he's glad to be back in the big stage even as a battle with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic looms

GRATEGUL. Swiss star Stan Wawrinka says he feels good after back-to-back matches. Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Djokovic bugged by shoulder in U.S. Open win

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:43 AM

'Somehow I managed to find my way back,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after outlasting Juan Ignacio Londero despite a nagging shoulder injury

TESTED. Novak Djokovic plays through pain in the second round of the US Open. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Open best chance to unseat 'Big Three', says Djokovic

Aug 27, 2019 - 5:46 PM

'Because it's a long season, it's a lot of surfaces that you have to change and it takes a toll on your body,' says US Open defending champion Novak Djokovic

UNPREDICTABLE. Novak Djokovic believes that the 2019 US Open title is up for grabs. File photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon

Djokovic rolls at U.S. Open as Barty, Pliskova fight through

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Novak Djokovic gets off to a good start in his US Open title defense

TITLE DEFENSE. Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his men's singles first round match against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain in the 2019 US Open. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic motivated by talk of catching Federer in Slams

Aug 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Having won 4 of the last 5 Grand Slam singles titles, Novak Djokovic is in good position to break Roger Federer's mark

DEFENDING CHAMP. Novak Djokovic will defend his throne in the US Open. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Federer puts Wimbledon near-miss behind him ahead of U.S. Open

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'I'm not putting extra pressure on myself. I know it's going to be tough,' says Roger Federer as he seeks a 21st Grand Slam

Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Federer falls into Djokovic's half of U.S. Open draw

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:10 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic may face Roger Federer in the semifinal and Rafael Nadal in the title match of the 2019 US Open

FACE-OFF. After a blockbuster Wimbledon title showdown last month, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer may face in the US Open Final Four. Photos by Ben Standall and Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic, Osaka named U.S. Open top seeds

Aug 22, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The last Grand Slam of the season unfolds next week with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka out to defend their crowns

BIG GUNS. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic head another tight field. Photos from Wimbledon

Top seeds Djokovic, Barty toppled in Cincy semifinals

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

World No, 1 Novak Djokovic gets dumped in the semis as Ashleigh Barty also falls short in the Cincinnati Masters

Djokovic advances as Serena pulls out in Cincinnati

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:04 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic competes for the first time since his Wimbledon title romp as Serena Williams withdraws

QUICK WIN. Novak Djokovic hopes to perform better in the next round after a ‘nervy’ start. Photo from ATP Tour

Nadal stays at No. 2 as Djokovic rules world rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Rafael Nadal trails Novak Djokovic by more than 4,000 points even after claiming his 35th Masters title

IN-FORM. Rafael Nadal heads into the US Open off an impressive campaign in the Rogers Cup. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Nadal, Federer make joint decision to re-enter ATP politics

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been on the opposite side of ATP Council president and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on various controversial issues

Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Nadal 'ready to play' despite absences of Djokovic, Federer

Aug 05, 2019 - 6:18 PM

Rafael Nadal will be seeking to retain his title in the Montreal Masters as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put a return to action on hold

ELITE THREE. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are all gearing up for the US Open – the final Grand Slam event of the season. Photos courtesy of Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall/AFP (Djokovic)


Djokovic vows to win fans' love with Federer record in view

Jul 15, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Novak Djokovic is now just 4 behind the all-time men's Grand Slam record of 20 held by Roger Federer

BACK-TO-BACK. Novak Djokovic wins his second straight Wimbledon title. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Novak Djokovic: King of the court but not of people's hearts?

Jul 15, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Despite his achievements, Novak Djokovic appears doomed never to be held in the same saintly esteem as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal – the 'people's champions'

RACKING IT UP. Novak Djokovic captures his 16th Grand Slam in the Wimbledon Open. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Federer rues 'missed opportunity' to win 9th Wimbledon title

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Roger Federer falls short to Novak Djokovic in the longest Wimbledon singles final after wasting two match points

SHORT. Roger Federer misses out on what could have been his 21st Grand Slam crown. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


'Stars align' as Federer seeks to break Djokovic spell

Jul 14, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Crowd favorite Roger Federer vies to become the oldest Grand Slam winner against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

SUPER SHOWDOWN. Novak Djokovic holds the edge in their head-to-head battle, but Roger Federer boasts of a ‘rock solid year.’ Photos by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic reaches 6th Wimbledon final

Jul 13, 2019 - 12:26 AM

'I had to dig deep,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic after outlasting Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinal

THRILLED. Defending champion Novak Djokovic gets all pumped up after securing his 25th Grand Slam title berth. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Djokovic eases to 9th Wimbledon semifinal

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Flashing his ruthless form, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic disposes of David Goffin in straight sets in the quarterfinal

CRUISING. Novak Djokovic says everything has been going exactly how he wanted. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Djokovic is a 'deadly spider,' says opponent's coach

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:31 PM

'It's almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,' 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson on world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

UNSTOPPABLE. Novak Djokovic vies to keep his title defense going agains quarterfinal opponent David Goffin. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic share Wimbledon 'Manic Monday' with Gauff

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:27 PM

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal all play their last 16 ties, while Coco Gauff looks to advance against a former world No. 1

STAR-STUDDED DAY. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Coco Gauff will see action on the same day in Wimbledon. Photos courtesy of Glenn Kirk/AFP (Federer and Nadal), Ben Stansall (Djokovic), and Twitter/@Wimbledon (Gauff)


Djokovic into last 16, Anderson joins exit of Wimbledon seeds

Jul 06, 2019 - 11:46 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic equals Boris Becker's mark as Kevin Anderson gets booted out to leave just 4 of the top 10 seeds

RIGHT ON TRACK. Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after overcoming a tough start against Poland's Hubert Hurkacz. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Gauff continues magical Wimbledon run as Djokovic eases through

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Rising teen star Coco Gauff becomes the youngest player in the last 3 decades to reach the third round

CONFIDENT. Coco Gauff believes she can 'beat anyone.' Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Djokovic off to winning start with Ivanisevic at his side

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Novak Djokovic powers past Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany to advance to the 2nd round

ROUSING START. Novak Djokovic gets off to a dominant start in the 2019 Wimbledon. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic, Osaka share center stage on Wimbledon opening day

Jul 01, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Novak Djokovic seeks a fifth Wimbledon title while Naomi Osaka aims for a third Grand Slam crown

BEST OF THE BEST. It is a star-studded opening day in Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka playing. Photos by Pedja Milosavljevic/AFP (Djokovic) and Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP


Djokovic, Federer, Nadal primed to tighten Wimbledon grip

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:10 PM

As the All England Club action unfolds, it looks like there's still no dethroning the world's A-list tennis stars

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Novak Djokovic of Serbia; Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on August 23, 2013 in New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal, Djokovic have made me the player I am, says Federer

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:48 AM

'It shows that side-by-side we can have incredible careers,' Roger Federer on his rivalry with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

RECORD-CHASER. Pushing 38, Roger Federer looks to become the oldest player to win a Grand Slam. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Who are you? Guide to Wimbledon stars' first-round rivals

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:07 PM

Here are some players hoping to pull off major upsets in early action at the All England Club

HEAVY FAVORITE. World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic is tipped to cruise the early rounds. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

'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