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In Novak Djokovic’s words: ‘I’m looking forward to facing Andy Murray in the semis’

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Finishing the previous season on the verge of the top-15, Novak Djokovic was ready to rumble in 2007, kicking off the action with the title in Adelaide and reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open. Mikhail Youzhny toppled the Serb under the roof in Marseille and Rotterdam before arranging another clash with Federer, taking a set in the quarter-final in Dubai and still losing in three sets.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray after match

Andy Murray of Great Britain congratulates Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the BNP Paribas Open

Entering the first Masters 1000 event of the season in Indian Wells, Novak advanced to his first semi-final at that level, playing well in the opening four rounds to win all encounters in straight sets. Djokovic got broken three times against Robby Ginepri in the first clash, beating the American 6-4, 6-4 and dominating on both serve and return to give only seven games away versus Evgeny Korolev and Julien Benneteau, racing into the last eight.

In the quarters, Djokovic defeated world no. 15 David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 17 minutes for the best result at the premium ATP level, losing 17 points in ten service games and suffering one break from four chances offered to David.
On the other hand, Novak notched three breaks to have the upper hand and find himself in the last four where he would face his coeval and a good friend Andy Murray.

“Yeah, I’m looking forward to facing Andy Murray in the semis if he wins later today. There is no pressure ahead of that match, I know I will have to face the rivals from the top all the time, just trying to play my game and stay focused.

It doesn’t matter that much who is on the other side of the net. Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, and I have improved a lot in the past year and a half; it’s good for tennis to have some new faces. We are also very emotional, and that attracts people.

Tennis is an individual sport and we all look are own way. It doesn’t matter who is ahead or behind me, but it’s good for the game to have more youngsters around. I know Andy since we were 12 and practice together. We played against each other in juniors a couple of times and once on the Tour, last year in Madrid.

It was a difficult match and I won it. As I said, I’m trying my best to improve volleys and come to the net more often. The players are speedy and are returning much better than some 15 years ago; the game has changed.”

Before the encounter, Novak Djokovic said he and Andy had known each other since they were 12, battling on the junior level and in Madrid last fall, practicing together and playing the doubles in Australia a couple of years ago.

“Yeah, I’m looking forward to facing Andy Murray in the semis if he wins later today. There is no pressure ahead of that match, I know I will have to face the rivals from the top all the time, just trying to play my game and stay focused.

It doesn’t matter that much who is on the other side of the net. Andy Murray, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, and I have improved a lot in the past year and a half; it’s good for tennis to have some new faces. We are also very emotional, and that attracts people.

Djokovic, Murray

Tennis is an individual sport and we all look are own way. It doesn’t matter who is ahead or behind me, but it’s good for the game to have more youngsters around. I know Andy since we were 12 and practice together. We played against each other in juniors a couple of times and once on the Tour, last year in Madrid.

It was a difficult match and I won it. As I said, I’m trying my best to improve volleys and come to the net more often. The players are speedy and are returning much better than some 15 years ago; the game has changed.”

Before the encounter, Novak Djokovic said he and Andy had known each other since they were 12, battling on the junior level and in Madrid last fall, practicing together and playing the doubles in Australia a couple of years ago.

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Serena Williams insists she won’t be a ‘pushy mum’ ahead of daughter’s first tennis lesson

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Serena Williams insisted she wasn’t going to be an overprotective tennis mum after dropping her three-year-old daughter off Olympia off for her first lesson.

And she revealed little Olympia’s new instructor had no idea she’d be teaching the offspring of a 23-time Grand Slam singles winner, arguably the greatest women’s player of all time.

Serena shared the milestone moment with fans in a series of Instagram stories.

Sporting a yellow Nike cap, she said: ‘Guys, I signed Olympia up for tennis lessons.

‘Don’t even start with me because I’m not giving her tennis lessons, I signed her up for some. But the lady has no idea that it’s my daughter so we’ll see how that goes.

I’m not a pushy mom but I know how I like technique so I’ll make sure she’s good at teaching Olympia some techniques.’

Olympia showed off her new tennis outfit (Picture:@serenawilliams/Instagram)

The four-time Olympic gold medallist made sure her girl had all the best kit ahead of her first foray onto the court, including a tiny Wilson racket to match her mum’s.

Serena, known for her daring, stellar style, chose an adorable matching ensemble for Olympia’s debut.

The outfit seemed to have Olympia’s seal of approval too. A snap posted by her proud mum shows her dancing on the table, tongue-out, in the long-sleeved shirt and skirt in an abstract black-and-white pattern.

Olympia seemed less keen on her mum’s choice of pre-lesson entertainment, as Serena insisted on running over some pro match film before the lesson.

‘See the open stance there?’ Serena explained to the tot. ‘And look at the speed!’

But it seems Olympia finally got her way and convinced her mum to switch to some cartoons.

‘This is the film she wanted to watch,’ explained Serena. ‘That baby not playing tennis Olympia.’

Hard as it might have been for the fiercely competitive athlete, Serena stuck to her word and didn’t linger after leaving Olympia at her lesson.

Wearing a bright pink tank and a grey mask, she said: ‘So she’s at her tennis lesson but I’m going to leave so I’m not distracting. I know how to leave and be.

‘I’m not like an overprotective mum, no matter what [husband] Alexis [Ohanian] says.’

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