Month: November 2016

Tennis – Djokovic 'rejuvenated' by Murray top-spot battle

– Novak Djokovic admits that Andy Murray’s dramatic last-gasp assault on his world number one ranking has rejuvenated a season which was limping into mediocrity for the 12-time major winner. Djokovic has suffered a worrying dip in form since winning his first French Open and completing the career Grand Slam in June. But as the 29-year-old prepares to defend the Paris Masters title he has won for the past three years, he insists Murray’s charge for the top has provided the fresh impetus he needs. …

Djokovic 'rejuvenated' by Murray top-spot battle

Novak Djokovic admits that Andy Murray’s dramatic last-gasp assault on his world number one ranking has rejuvenated a season which was limping into mediocrity for the 12-time major winner. “It makes me want to go on court and fight for every point because there is something to win at the end,” Djokovic said, adding he felt “rejuvenated and regenerated”. If Djokovic reaches next Sunday’s final in Paris he will retain the world number one ranking that he has held for 122 weeks straight, no matter what Murray does in the French capital.

Tennis-Djokovic mentally recharged ahead of Paris Masters

By Julien Pretot PARIS, Oct 30 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic, who will defend his Paris Masters title next week, says he is fully motivated again having felt mentally drained since his French Open success in June. The Serbian has won only one tournament, the Toronto Masters in July, since completing the career slam at Roland Garros. Djokovic was knocked out of Wimbledon in the third round, the first time he had failed to make it through to a grand slam final since the 2014 U.S. Open, before being eliminated in the first round at the Olympics.

Hot-serving Cibulkova revels in stunning revenge over Kerber

By John O’Brien SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An old proverb states that ‘revenge is a dish best served cold’ but Dominika Cibulkova’s service was smoking hot when she exacted vengeance on Angelique Kerber to claim the WTA Finals title on Sunday. The German world number one had beaten the Slovakian in a tight three-setter a week ago when they faced off in round-robin play but Cibulkova saw enough in that losing effort to give her the confidence to turn the tables on her opponent in the final. The 27-year-old hassled and harried Kerber from the very first game and after a…