Saturday, January 26, 2008
Novak Djokovic was through to the final of the Australian Open and will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday. Earlier, Maria Sharapova had just won the 2008 Australian Open Ladies Singles defeating Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-3. Her sheer power during the match was a handful for Ivanovic to put up with. Ivanovic was put in an uncomfortable position throughout most of the match and it was all working well for Sharapova. All she needed was one break in each sets to win the match. She held her serves well and made Ivanovic work hard every point. At the end of the day Ivanovic did not deserve to win today, Sharapova played better and rightly so to win the championship.
Djokovic-Tsonga...what a huge prospect of the modern tennis world. But what about Federer? well..he was beaten in straight sets yesterday. Federer was beaten 7-5 6-3 7-6(7-5). After the match Federer said the Djokovic deserved to win and he was solid the entire tournament. Read here for more of the article. The turning point of the match was in the first set itself when Federer was leading 5-3. Djokovic came back strongly and won all 4 consecutive games to win the first set 7-5. The second set was more straight forward then the first. Djokovic held his serve strong and took the second set. The third set was evenly contested and went all the way to tie-breaks. At this point the momentum was with Federer. Should he win the 3rd set, Djokovic will have a tough time battling the rest of the match. But as what great players have in them to pull them through in tight situations are definitely with Djokovic as well. We all know how good Federer is and how his opponents respect him. Djokovic only needed one match point to convert it into a win ultimately. He held his nerve tremendously well and won the final set to enter the Final on sunday.
Djokovic in also known as Djoker because of his gestures of mimicking other players whom he is friends with on the ATP and WTA tour. Here is a video of him doing it: