You have to wonder how severe the injury is for world number one Novak Djokovic to end up in tears over a sprained ankle.
These boys are used to playing with pain every day. They’re used to running on blisters that the rest of us wouldn’t even dream of taking weight on and Novak has certainly improved his mental toughness over the last few years but he did loose it over the horrible ankle sprain he suffered during yesterdays Davis Cup match.
‘Injuries are part of the sport and you try to avoid them as an athlete as much as you can. The nature of the injury is still to be determined.
One hour, one hour and a half after the end of the match, all I can say is it Read more »
Boy Djokovic is lucky he’s so bendy because the slow-mo replay of this ankle sprain is savage!!
It was bound to happen eventually given his dynamic movement on court and the way he slides on a hard court but it’s still hard to watch.
Somehow he’s still playing.
It took 2 hours and 46 minutes for Horacio Zeballos to claim his first ATP title beating the King of Clay Rafa Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Zeballos put on a great show and refused to be intimidated by the record of Nadal, playing some incredibly points and being far more effective on serve than the Spaniard.
Zeballos became only the third man ever, behind Djokovic and Federer, to beat Nadal in a clay court final.
Zeballos was playing a huge tennis name and a clay court giant and yet the way Rafa was moving around the court made it feel like the great Spaniard was the underdog – the one legged underdog. Read more »
There had been a look in Novak Djokovic’s eyes since he battle Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open, a look that since 2011 has been a sign of his determination and an indicator of the likely outcome of the tournament. Djokovic looked, despite the enormous amount of time he spent on court, like he was hungry for a third consecutive Australian Open title.
Andy Murray, his opponent in the final, looked unusually calm – a peace, and sense of direction that seemed to descend on the Scot after winning the Olympic gold medal and the US Open last year. For the first set of their final it looked like Murray was the one keeping a calm head and as though the weary Djokovic would be frustrated by his shoes slipping and his inability to convert break points. Read more »
Coming into his match with Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka had been in great form but few really anticipated that he would provide much resistance against Novak, let alone keep him on court for five hours and almost beat him.
Ultimately Novak won 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10 but Wawrinka is bound to now be a crowd favourite for years to come much the same way Fernando Verdasco became after his 2009 match against Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka was simply impressive. He hammered 16 aces down compared to Djokovic’s 9 and didn’t serve a double fault until the fourth hour of the match. He punished 69 winners to 51 from Nole but was ultimately undone but his error count. Read more »
Has there ever been a greater fall from grace than that of Lance Armstrong? Doubtful.
The disgraced cyclist made headlines today for finally admitting to various kinds of doping before and after his cancer diagnosis, saying he never doped again after his first retirement in 2005. Lance also discussed the ways in which doping was performed in cycling.
Tennis players have long been vocal about the doping control they are subjected to. They must provide a time and location for a possible test for every single day of the year twelve months in advance. Now the players are speaking about Lance Armstrong’s scandal… and here are some of their thoughts. Read more »
Novak Djokovic famously struggled when he first switch to HEAD rackets but now the world number one is unveiling the HEAD Graphene™ Speed. Novak showcased the benefits of his new HEAD Graphene™ Speed tennis racquet today by hitting a HEAD ATP tennis ball that traveled faster than an Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car at Melbourne’s Sandown racetrack.