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Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia share a laugh against Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty of Australia during their mixed doubles. Ana Ivanovic says for him that his hair turned gray due to her matches. Croats insulted their president for her picture with Djokovic: Why you are taking pictures with Serb?! world-attractive relationship with the captain of the German national . O nama · Marketing · Impressum · Uslovi korišćenja · Kontakt. Men's tennis in was all about one man: Novak Djokovic. Novak will be playing a doubles exhibition match with Ana Ivanovic, Jelena.
French Open champion and world No. She was given the nickname "Aussie Ana" during the on-court interview with Todd Woodbridge following the victory over Williams. Her ranking rose to world No. She lost to Lindsay Davenport in the third round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami the following week in straight sets.
Ivanovic started her clay-court season as defending champion at the Qatar Telecom German Open in Berlin where she lost to Elena Dementieva for the fourth time in four meetings in the semifinals.
She went on to defeat Dinara Safina in straight sets in the final, winning her first and only Major singles title. Ivanovic at the French Open At WimbledonIvanovic saved match points against Nathalie Dechybut fell against unseeded wildcard Zheng Jie of China in straight sets in the third round.
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Ivanovic started the summer hard-court season with a third-round loss at the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Tamira Paszek. Ivanovic, bothered by a sore thumb sustained during practice two weeks before Montreal,  withdrew from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles. Her withdrawal saw her lose the world No. The thumb injury also caused her to withdraw from the Summer Olympics in Beijingwhich Ivanovic described as "one of the worst moments of her career.
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The loss was the earliest defeat of the top-seeded player at the US Open since the tournament. Ivanovic later told the press that she was "just happy to be back injury-free" and that she needed to "play more matches get back into rhythm. In the Zurich Open, she lost in the semifinals to Venus Williams after leading 3—1 in the third set. In her first round-robin match, she was defeated by world No. She withdrew from her final match against Kuznetsova because of a virus.
Out of the top 20[ edit ] At the Australian OpenIvanovic was seeded fifth and won her first two matches in straight sets before losing to 29th seed Russian Alisa Kleybanova in the third round. Around this time, Ivanovic began working with her new coach Craig Kardon, after parting with former coach Sven Groeneveld. At the French OpenIvanovic won her first three matches in straight sets, before losing to Victoria Azarenka in the fourth round.
This early loss caused Ivanovic to fall out of the top ten for the first time since May She then took down Sara Errani and 18th seed Samantha Stosur in the second and third rounds in straight sets, before retiring against eventual finalist Venus Williams.
After the match, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash criticized Ivanovic's new service motion, stating that watching it was a "painful experience" and that it "weakened her threat. Citing an upper respiratory tract infection, Ivanovic pulled out of the China Open and announced on her website that she was taking the rest of the year off.
She finished the year with a 24—14 match record, her worst since she turned pro, and did not win any titles. Ivanovic only reached three quarterfinals, one semifinal, and one final, and only won back-to-back matches six times. Ivanovic ended the year ranked 22, the first time she had been ranked outside the top 20 since July Seeded third, Ivanovic reached her first semifinal since Indian Wells in She eventually bowed out to wildcard Justine Henin in Henin's first tournament since her return from retirement.
Ivanovic was seeded 20th at the Australian Openbut lost to Gisela Dulko in the second round in three sets. She then participated in the opening round of the Fed Cup in Serbia's tie against Russia, and she went 0—2 in her singles matches and also lost doubles match.
After the match, Ivanovic stated that she had noted improvements in her game. Despite her improvements, Ivanovic lost her opening match in Indian Wellssuffering four consecutive losses for the first time. By also losing a huge number of ranking points, Ivanovic dropped out of the top 50 for the first time since March But unseeded in RomeIvanovic had her best week of tennis in nearly two years.
She was granted a wildcard into the Madrid Openand received a bye in the first round due to her semifinal appearance at the Italian Open. She was the first unseeded wildcard to receive a first-round bye in the history of the WTA Tour. Ivanovic entered the French Open unseeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since She fell to Alisa Kleybanova in the second round. Ivanovic was defeated in the first round of Wimbledon by 13th seed Shahar Pe'erand as a consequence saw her ranking drop to world No.
In the opening round of the StanfordIvanovic avenged her Australian Open and French Open defeats by beating Alisa Kleybanova, before losing in the next round to Marion Bartoli in straight sets.
In Cincinnatishe rallied from a set and a break down to beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets. Ivanovic retired against Kim Clijsters in the semifinals due to a foot injury. Her ranking dramatically improved to world No. The injury caused her to withdraw from New Haven. Unseeded at the US OpenIvanovic breezed into the fourth round with straight-set victories, before losing to defending and eventual champion Kim Clijsters.
Ivanovic lost her opener to Vera Dushevina in Seoul as the 7th seed. Ivanovic then defeated Kleybanova, the Korea Open champion, in the first round of Tokyobefore again losing to Bartoli in straight sets. Ivanovic avenged her losses to Bartoli at the China Openbeating the Frenchwoman in straight sets.
On her way to the quarterfinals, Ivanovic scored top victory by defeating Elena Dementieva for the second time in Ivanovic fell to world No. Entering the Linz Open as a wildcard, Ivanovic defeated Patty Schnyder in the finals in straight sets, in just 47 minutes of play. She made it to the finals, where she defeated Kleybanova for her tenth career title and her second of the year. She won ten of her last thirteen matches. With her title in Bali, Ivanovic achieved a year-end ranking of No.
She competed along with Novak Djokovic and they qualified for the final, but due to an injury sustained during Ivanovic's match against Justine Henin, Serbia was forced to withdraw. Along with the Hopman Cup, Ivanovic also withdrew from Sydney. Seeded 19th at the Australian Open she lost to Ekaterina Makarova in the first round in 2 hours and 47 minutes. In Dubai she lost against Patty Schnyder in their last professional match for many years.
She stated the loss was in part because of the abdominal injury sustained in the beginning of the season, and she subsequently withdrew from Doha. She then played in Miami and lost against defending champion Kim Clijsters in fourth round, despite having a 5—1, 40—0 lead in the third set and having five match points. Ivanovic joined Serbia in the Fed Cup event. Despite that, Serbia beat Slovakia in the deciding doubles rubber, 3—2.
Ivanovic headed to Rome and was up nine games to love after Nadia Petrova retired. Ivanovic lost in next round to Yanina Wickmayer in three sets. Ivanovic again lost after first set at love, to Johanna Larsson in first round at the French Open. Ivanovic lost to Venus Williams in the second round at Eastbourne.
Seeded 5th in Carlsbadshe avenged the previous week's loss by beating Ayumi Morita in straight sets despite trailing 0—5 in the second set. Ivanovic then cruised into semifinals. She eventually fell against top seed Vera Zvonareva in three sets.
In Toronto and Cincinnati she won a total of three matches but against qualifiers. It was the first time she had ever defended her title in a tournament.
US Open quarterfinal and Fed Cup final[ edit ] Ivanovic began her season in Brisbane where she was defeated in the second round by fifth seed Kim Clijsters in three sets, despite leading 3—0 in the final set. Ivanovic then headed over to the Australian Open where she reached fourth round as a 21st seed. She beat three players outside the top 50, dropping no sets, but then met world No.
She entered the top 20 of the world rankings after her run to the round of Ivanovic at the French Open Ivanovic next played in Doha. Ivanovic then went to Dubai unseeded, where she upset Francesca Schiavone and beat Maria Kirilenko, before being defeated by 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki.
Ivanovic went over to Indian Wells as the 15th seed. She was able to make a run all the way to the semifinals, posting victories over Caroline Wozniacki and Marion Bartoli, who were both in the top 8. She retired against Maria Sharapova after losing the first set.
Despite this defeat she still moved into the top 15 for the first time since and became Serbian No. Ivanovic then headed to Moscow for the Fed Cup semifinals, where after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in three tight sets, recovered, and beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to put Serbia ahead, 2—1.
Ivanovic resumed tour action in Stuttgartwhere she was beaten by Mona Barthel in two tight sets. She then headed over to the newly blue-clayed Madrid where she breezed past Mathilde Johansson and Nadia Petrova, before falling in straight sets to world No. Despite continuing in style and winning the first of the match, she lost to eventual finalist Sara Errani in the third round.
She then suffered a bad loss to 2nd seed Azarenka in the fourth round;  winning only one game. Despite the loss, her run caused her ranking to rise to No. Seeded 11th in singles, she defeated Christina McHale and local Elena Baltacha in straight sets, before losing for the sixth time to Kim Clijsters in third round.
It didn't seem to affect Ivanovic as she was still able to reach her first Major quarterfinal since at US Openand also her first ever at that event. In the quarterfinals Ivanovic was soundly defeated by Serena Williams. She came with a winning streak to Linzhaving won there previously in andbut her streak was finished in quarterfinals against qualifier Kirsten Flipkens. Ivanovic headed over to Moscow and made it all the way to the semifinal, having had a bye in the first round then defeating two qualifiers in straight sets.
She lost to Samantha Stosur in three sets, despite winning the first. Ivanovic did not qualify to defend her title in Bali, and did not receive a wildcard-entry due to her participation at the Fed Cup. Serbia took on the defending champions, Czech Republic.
However, Ivanovic finished as the world No. In her first round-robin match, she beat Italy's Francesca Schiavone. She beat Ashleigh Barty and in her final round-robin match defeated Tatjana Malek to put Serbia into the final, having defeated Italy, Australia and Germany. While playing Spain, Djokovic gave Serbia a 1—0 tie lead but Anabel Medina Garrigues tied up the final at 1—1 after defeating Ivanovic in a closely fought singles match. Serbia then lost the deciding tie in mixed doubles.
Ivanovic played in Pattaya City as the No. Ivanovic was then scheduled to play at the Fed Cup but withdrew due to shoulder injuries. Ivanovic competed at the Qatar Total Open as the 12th seed.
Everybody was surprised, but that's what I really want to do. When I finish, who knows? A couple of games, or half a season. I like to score.
Anyway, who has the best body in the men's dressing room? He pauses to consider this quite seriously. I would say, for sure, Paradorn Srichaphan. He has not been playing and I haven't seen him for a while.
But he still has the best body in men's tennis. I don't like bodies like Rafa's.
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I still don't have the right breathing on the court, exhaling when you're hitting the ball. You lose a lot of energy if you're not breathing right. Maybe some yoga would help. It was the worst time in my life. I was in the hospital and for three days I couldn't breathe because I had things in my nose, it was terrible.
But the surgeon was from Italy and he knows how to do the job really well. So he's pretty famous there. Did he offer any, you know, shaping?
No, that was something they didn't offer. With his white shirt tucked in to a pair of jeans, rimless glasses and his earnest responses, he has the air not so much of a sportsman as of a PhD student, or an accountant.
Alongside him sit his two younger brothers, teenager Marko and year-old Djordje, both promising players. Marko's shy, but little Djordje is not.
When someone asks him who his tennis idols are, he replies: But I like myself the best. It is hard to imagine in what way punctilious Pete might have inspired such an extrovert. But I just love the way he deals with the pressure. He always plays well, always serves well in the important moments.
Mentally he was the strongest person I've ever seen. I'm just really sad that I still haven't had the chance to meet him. Maybe in the upcoming season in the States I will. I'll probably say nothing for 10 minutes, I'll be so confused. Then I'll say, "Let's play! You suspect they would make a pretty wild duo.
He screams a lot, and I throw rackets. Does that make things awkward between them? Novak looks momentarily sheepish. But as soon as I see Jelena today I'm going to ask her what's going on.
Apart from a wrestler, a drag racer and a kayaking quartet, Djokovic's only real competition for the title comes from Jankovic and Ivanovic. At the buffet that follows her son's inevitable victory, his mum, Dijana, talks about the tennis academy that the family is hoping to establish in his name.
They didn't steal, cheat, or kill somebody to get there. For 10 years it was so bad. The role models were gangsters, or drug dealers. Djokovic's father Srdjan was a skier for the former Yugoslavia, and his parents met on the piste; throughout Novak's childhood they ran a pizza-and-pancakes restaurant in the ski-resort town of Kapaonik. While most professional sportspeople shun the slopes - because neither their coaches nor their insurance companies like it - Novak still skis whenever he can.
So which is he: I like to look nice on the skis. As well as inheriting skiing genes from his father, his mother's family contained some serious volleyballing talent. But as he watched four tennis courts being built opposite the family restaurant, the five-year-old Djokovic was enthralled.
Jelena Gencic, who opened the tennis camp there, is still coaching in her seventies; Djokovic often describes her as the biggest tennis influence in his life. Gencic remembers the day he first arrived to play. I asked him, "Who packed your bag, your mother? It wasn't any more or less safe than any other place in the street, but if you're sitting at home in the basement, thinking they are going to bomb your home, you're going crazy.
We were practising all day, and at seven o'clock we would go home and sit with the curtains closed, everything closed and dark the way it had to be. Perhaps that partly explains why Djokovic is so keen to be an ambassador for his homeland. Last time we had a practice in Belgrade we had 20 people on the court, so I said no more. It's better for him to practise somewhere else.
But of course he misses it so much. Tonight, every seat is filled, and every person present - little boy, teenage girl, adult male - seems to have a fairly open crush on 'Nole', as they call him here.
The other participants in the celebrity doubles match, Tipsarevic, Ivanovic and Jankovic, are announced to loud cheers. When Djokovic appears, however, the cheers turn to hysterical screams. Grown men hurl themselves down the stadium steps to get closer. The four greet one another as the old friends they are; Djokovic, living up to his heart-throb role, offers Ana an elaborate bow that ends on bended knee. The crowd loves it.
Although they played at different clubs, Djokovic has practised and played with Ivanovic since they were five years old. She has such a great personality, very calm and very positive. And she's beautiful as well! She has a beautiful smile. She's attracting people wherever she goes because she's very bright and people recognise it and respect her. Of course she has. But I could never play with her per cent serious because I laugh with her more than anyone else.
I really enjoy practising with her. Djokovic is too gentlemanly to be drawn. I wouldn't, because they're both playing great tennis. At the end of the evening, Djokovic and Tipsarevic join the band to sing a popular, though puzzling, song about friendship sample lyrics: Djokovic's voice is not what you would call tuneful, but right now he could release a recording of his tooth-brushing routine and still have a number-one hit.
Maybe one day, he says, he could be a singer, or an actor. Even the swans turn their heads the better to catch this 6ft 1in peach-skinned girl as she walks, and talks, and sips her large Starbucks takeaway.
Then talks some more. She is wearing skinny jeans, a bitter-chocolate leather jacket and a cream silk scarf. In conversation, as on court, she covers a lot of ground quickly. No sooner has she dispatched the subject of Robbie Williams than she is happily lobbing George Clooney into the conversation and skilfully volleying the topic of Slobodan Milosevic back over the net. As we head up Zurich's old cobbled streets, she is talking about travel, which, as a professional tennis player, takes up 90 per cent of her time.
Ivanovic reels off the matches played and the countries visited in the past year alone, and you cannot begin to calculate the air miles and the WTA kudos she has accumulated. There was the Australian Open she reached the third roundFrench Open she lost the final to Justine HeninWimbledon memorably beaten in the semis by Venus Williams and the US Open knocked out, fourth round, that Williams woman again. Meanwhile, without so much as a sip of barley water, she was also off to the Tier I events.
By the time we have meandered back towards Starbucks she needs refuellingit has been made plain that no matter how moneyed, mollycoddled and media-massaged these tennis princesses may be, most of them put in more court appearances per year than Pete Doherty. Does your personality change once you're on court? It has to happen because if you're too soft you're going to lose.
I'm very easy-going off court, but I really want to win once I'm walking on to the court. At that moment, do you hate your opponent? I try not to think about the person, just their tactics, their weaknesses and strengths. I play against the ball. It doesn't really matter who you're playing at that point. Even if you're facing one of the Williams sisters? That's a little harder. They play very aggressively. Are you a bad loser? Even if I play backgammon with my coach I hate to lose.
I won't talk to him for, like, an hour. So imagine how it feels when you lose at tennis. That makes me determined not to lose because I hate it so much. Even at a set down and match point I always believe I can come back. But sometimes you must know it won't happen What do you do half an hour before a big match?