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Djokovic v Tsonga as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Men’s final result:


4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-2)


By Piers Newbery

1211: Good old NoDjo. He thanks everyone and then says to the crowd, “I know you wanted him to win more than me.” That raises a laugh and seems a good way to go out. Thanks for your attention over the last couple of weeks, come back for the French Open armed with some new tennis nicknames.

1201: “Well done Djokovic, step aside Nadal and Federer there is a new force in tennis.”
From cantonabeachsoccer on 606

1158: “Djokovic has proved himself on all surfaces and he’s already reached another Grand Slam final at the US Open. He’s got the shots and he’s a super, super athlete with all the power as well.”
Pat Cash on 5 Live Sports Extra

1157: “Enjoyed that last set – it was amazing and Tsonga u r a winner 2 ! Congrats Novak!”
From Elizabeth May Pink via text

Fourth set:

Djokovic 7-6 (7-2) Tsonga
There we have it – a first Grand Slam title for 20-year-old Djokovic. He gets a mini-break on the second point and all but makes sure when Tsonga double-faults to go 5-1 down. Djokovic gets two serves for the title and takes both points to cap a superb performance, before falling to the floor in the traditional manner. There are hugs and tears all around in the Djokovic box, and quite right too.

Djokovic 6-6 Tsonga
Tsonga misses a backhand for 15-15 but responds with a magnificent forehand into the corner and a big service winner. The Frenchman then chooses a bad time for his first double fault of the evening but hangs on and it’s a tie-break. My, what tension.

1143: “You forgot NadRa!! (See 1128 entry) How could you!!”
From Lauren, leeds, via text (Er, yeah)

Djokovic 6-5 Tsonga
Djokovic is pulled wide and makes a forehand error for 30-30, and he then sticks a regulation backhand into the net. It’s break point but Djokovic gets away with it after a poor drop shot as Tsonga fails to put away a mid-court ball and NoDjo takes the volley. He serves out for a huge hold.

1138: “Yannick Noah is indeed the last French player to win a set in a Grand Slam final (1041 entry) when he won the French Open in 1983. Both Henri Leconte and Cédric Pioline (twice) reached finals, but they were defeated in straight sets.”
From meef01 on 606

Djokovic 5-5 Tsonga
Tsonga plays a superb off-forehand winner when stumbling backwards at 15-15 and moments later he has the game. Good stuff, JoTso.

Djokovic 5-4 Tsonga
Another excellent hold from Djokovic, who throws in a fine volley off his toes, and Tsonga must hold to keep the match alive.

1131: “It’s 20 years since a five-set final here, hard to believe. Me against Wilander.”
Pat Cash on 5 Live Sports Extra (He lost, kids. Sorry Pat)

Djokovic 4-4 Tsonga
Great work from Tsonga who is under huge pressure at 30-30 but holds his nerve, taking the game with a big serve.

1128: “New names for players. NoDjo, JoTso, RFed. Anymore??”
From Vicky via text (Loads – Nalbo, Muzza, NiDav, A-Rod, Gonzo, Baggy, Boggy, Ljubo. I have too much time on my hands)

Djokovic 4-3 Tsonga
Well, NoDjo answers any questions about his fitness with a superb game rounded off with a beautiful drop volley on the stretch.

1125: “I see what you did there – whether or not it goes to a fifth set you’ve made correct prediction (see 1-0 entry). You wily thing.”
From anon via text (Rumbled. And don’t call me Wily)

Djokovic 3-3 Tsonga
Wallop. Tsonga holds serve to love and now we’ll see how Djokjovic is doing after his lengthy treatment session.

1122: “I guess it’s loss of a bit of condition. I’m not a big fan of players being able to do this. I don’t think he’s in any physical danger at all and I think he’s gaining an unfair advantage just when the momentum seemed to be going a little bit with Tsonga.”
From BBC Sport’s Andrew Castle

1117: “Its a bit like watching Ali vs Screech from saved by the bell.. ”
From anon via text

Djokovic 3-2 Tsonga
Djokovic really isn’t moving too well now, in fact both men look petty shattered. A net cord goes against Tsonga as he falls to 40-15 behind before battling back for deuce. NoDjo holds on with a big second serve and asks fro the trainer at the changeover.

1113: “Regarding the text from Nathan of Cardiff at 1054, he’s referring to the Magpie rhyme. You know, the one that goes, “1 for sorrow, 2 for joy, 3 for a girl … ” and all that. Although, Tsonga would just be wishing for 1 beak to come back into this game.”
From silverplumes on 606

Djokovic 2-2 Tsonga
Look out – the big man from Le Mans appears to be back and now it’s Djokovic who is hobbling around after possibly tweaking a hamstring. Or getting cramp. Maybe he’s broken a nail, I don’t know. Anyway, Tsonga holds to love.

Djokovic 2-1 Tsonga
Tsonga has a glimpse of a chance at 40-30 down but blazes a forehand into the tram lines and Djokovic moves ahead again.

1104: “Magpies? Noah? Is the only way to get on this page to talk utter nonsense?!”
From Joe, london, via text (Yep)

1103: “I saw many lone magpies this morning and saluted them all!! Come on djokovic!! I wish nadal was in the final.”
From anon via text

Djokovic 1-1 Tsonga
There are more signs of tiredness from Tsonga but he hangs on.

Djokovic 1-0 Tsonga
NoDjo absolutely creams a forehand for a winner at 40-0 and he looks in great form now. I’ve just remembered I predicted Djokovic in four sets. I’ve never got a prediction right in my life, so prepare for a fifth set.

Third set:

Djokovic 6-3 Tsonga
A very tired looking mid-court forehand into the net suggests Tsonga is there for the taking at 0-30. He puts up a desperate lob that is eventually called out and fails with a challenge. Tsonga saves the first two set points, firing a cross-court pass on the second, and Djokovic nets a backhand on the third to the delight of most of the crowd.

Djokovic is unconcerned and smacks yet another backhand down the line. Set point number four – but his attempted lob is poor and Tsonga smashes it away. A fifth chance arrives and this time Tsonga saves it with as service winner. Never fear, set point number six – cue a Tsonga drop volley. Finally, Djokovic takes the set when forcing a Tsonga error on the volley. Phew.

1054: “I just saw 2 magpies out my window. In the song 2s for joy. Come on tsonga.”
From Nathan, cardiff, via text (I’ve no idea either)

Djokovic 5-3 Tsonga
A brilliant backhand down the line seals a solid hold for Djokovic and he looks very much on course for the set now.

Djokovic 4-3 Tsonga
A sweeping forehand gives Tsonga the game to 30 and keeps him in touch on this set.

1041: “Djokovic on a roll now, hope Tsonga cn respond. He’s th 1st Fr finalist 2 win a set since Noah!”
From French fan via text

Djokovic 4-2 Tsonga
Aaah, that’s better. Djokovic is in a bit of trouble at 15-30 but then sticks a backhand return into the net. Moments later, Tsonga complains for the second time today about how long Djokovic takes to serve but Carlos Ramos is not impressed and the Serb goes on to hold.

1037: “Why all this fuss about both players names starting with a silent letter? (See 1029 entry) They dont. We brits are just bad at languages.”
From anon via text

Djokovic 3-2 Tsonga
Tsonga holds to 15, very good. I need a comfort break.

Djokovic 3-1 Tsonga
Djokovic holds to 15. The massed ranks of Djokovics in the stands continue to applaud on thier feet. They’re all wearing matching tracksuits, making them easy to pick out. Lovely.

1029: “Hey Piers, is this the first final ever in which: Both players’ surnames’ first letter is silent (D in Djokovic and T in Tsonga) And in which both players’ surnames’ first vowel is an o? Cheers.”
From Torres’ right peg on 606 (Brilliant questions both. Dunno.)

Djokovic 2-1 Tsonga
The trademark Djokovic backhand down the line comes out and he has two break points at 15-40. The first disappears with a forehand that goes long and Tsonga hits an ace on the second. A third break point comes along and after a lengthy rally, Tsonga sends a forehand wide.

1023: “Goodness knows what odds Tsonga was at the start of the tournament amid all the Murray hype! 100-1?”
From Ken, Aberdeen, via text

Djokovic 1-1 Tsonga
I hate apostrophes. Anyway, Djokovic holds just as impressively and both men look sharp in this vital set.

Djokovic 0-1 Tsonga
A good solid start to the third set from Tsonga on serve, no problem. In the middle of this madness I’m emailed by a friend wanting me to help him with his son’s English homework. This country.

Second set:

1017: “Tsonga has to get his serve working again but, to be honest, he’s just been a bit loose. It’s a critical time now and he wants some big serves and to tighten up that forehand.”
Pat Cash on 5 Live Sports Extra

Djokovic 6-4 Tsonga
Tight, shmite. Djokovic hits two aces on his way to a mightily imrpessive love hold and we’re all square.

Djokovic 5-4 Tsonga
A few signs of irritation come from Tsonga as he continues to struggle a bit, but he holds serve to force Djokovic to serve out, and the Serb has been know to get tight. Haven’t we all?

1009: “Tsonga is playin as if hes no 3 in the world and ndjo playin as if its his 1st ever final. Needs this set 2 hav any chance.”
From J in crawley via text

Djokovic 5-3 Tsonga
Suddenly it’s Tsonga who has lost his mojo, whatever that is. The errors start to flow from his previously awesome forehand and Djokovic consolidates the break of serve.

Djokovic 4-3 Tsonga
He’s back! After being on the wrong ending of a pummelling for most of the evening, Djokovic fires a backhand return past Tsonga to get to 15-40 and two break points. At last we have some fire from the Serb and he takes his chance when Tsonga misses a forehand.

Djokovic 3-3 Tsonga
Djokovic gets a much-needed love service game.

0958: “Beautiful style and sense of purpose from Tsonga! He is inventive and incredibly calm considering he is playing his first ever final of an ATP tournament (let alone a GS).”
From UncleAdrian on 606

Djokovic 2-3 Tsonga
Djokovic chases down a drop shot to get to deuce but Tsonga comes up with the deadly one-two combination of serve-forehand and comes through, giving it some “Allez!” Djokovic, meanwhile, wanders off court for the changeover shaking his head.

0954: Our man in the Rod Laver Arena press room tells me that the French reporters went bananas as Tsonga took the first set, screaming “Allez”, “Magnifique” etc etc. Then one of them turned around to our man and said: “This could have been you, but your guy lost on day one to our guy”. Nice.

Djokovic 2-2 Tsonga
It’s not often that Djokovic is the more low-key of the players on court but it’s not just Tsonga’s play that is giving him the edge, it’s his sheer charisma that seems to have stunned NoDjo. The third seed does well to come back from 0-30 but he’s finding this tougher and tougher.

0948: “Tsonga was born in Le Mans so is bound to win if it becomes a trial of endurance. Also he has a brother named Enzo.”
From Marc, Liverpool, via text

Djokovic 1-2 Tsonga
Tsonga holds with more big serving and one very sharp backhand volley.

Djokovic 1-1 Tsonga
A ddogy forehand sees Djokovic slip to 15-30 and he does well to get himself out of trouble, but he’s looking very flat at the moment.

Djokovic 0-1 Tsonga
Tsonga holds confidently and Djokovic looks in shock(ovic). Sorry about that.

First set:

0938: “After seeing Tsonga last year, i said ‘that boy will be top ten in no time’. Where would a win here put him in the rankings? Is this his best surface do we know?”
from anon via text (It’s like the Spanish inquisition – apparently a win would put Tsonga ninth in the world, up from 38, and I’m guessing it’s his favourite surface now)

0937: “Those last two points were two of the best you will ever see. Just an excellent set of tennis, and to finish like this – it’s a joke, ridiculous.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 4-6 Tsonga
Tsonga really takes charge with a fierce backhand on his way to 0-30 ahead and is unlucky when an apparent forehand winner jumps off the net-cord and goes out. Djokovic gets back to 30-30 but Tsonga comes up with a stunning forehand winner off a smash, and then works the crowd with some wild celebrations. Good stuff. It’s set point, and he makes it with an amazing lob on the run. Tsonga’s dad then gets in on the fist-pumping act and the place goes wild.

Djokovic 4-5 Tsonga
The Tsonga serve is up and running now – three aces in a row give him a comfortable hold and he certainly has the edge right now.

Djokovic 4-4 Tsonga
Another close Djokovic service game is in the balance at 40-30 when Tsonga complains to the umpire about the time it takes for the Serb to serve, after his endless ball bouncing. That should spice things up a bit. Tsonga misses a makeable forehand at deuce and Djokovic wallops an ace to hold.

Djokovic 3-4 Tsonga
Blimey, we’ve been going 35 minutes and played seven games. Wish I’d made a packed lunch now. Anyway, Tsonga is in a bit of trouble at 15-30 but chooses a good time to smack down his first two aces of the match and holds from deuce.

0917: “French Fan: Bonjour. If Tsonga wins this 1, I’ll play tennis agn – which I haven’t in 4 yrs. Allez”
From Jo 🙂 via text

Djokovic 3-3 Tsonga
More laughter all round over a line call, which involves an overrule, a Hawkeye challenge and apparently a joke from umpire Carlos Ramos that I couldn’t hear. The crowd are in stitches. Are we sure Mansour Bahrami isn’t there somewhere? When everyone pulls themselves together, Djokovic holds.

0913: “Five games of highly entertaining tennis given the occasion. Tsonga was up early and practising on Rod Laver Arena at 9am, while Djokovic was here only a few hours ago.”
BBC Sport’s Chris Bailey

Djokovic 2-3 Tsonga
The first rally is another belter – a bit like watching one of those ‘hilarious’ exhibitions with Mansour Bahrami but performed by two brilliant athletes under the age of 60. Tsonga leaps for a smash a la Sampras and Djokvic does well to reach it and send up a lob, but Tsonga leaps even higher and sticks it away. Another tight game goes to deuce but the Frenchman holds on, his parents clapping away furiously in the stands.

0910: “I’m backing Tsonga for this one. I feel though that Djoko’s experience may do something. But didn’t Rafa have that experience as well…?”
From Maxxfoot on 606

Djokovic 2-2 Tsonga
Djokovic still looks a little edgy, making the first double fault of the match when 30-0 clear, and Tsonga puts the pressure on with a fabulous drop volley. Djokovic then nets a forehand and it’s break point again, but this time the Serb comes up with an ace down the middle. He then digs out a seemingly miraculous cross-court backhand pass but the umpire overrules, and Hawkeye backs him up. Break point number two and in an epic point, NoDjo repeats the backhand from the previous rally and this time makes it. Incredible stuff. A woeful drop shot follows soon after but Djokovic comes through.

0857: “Pressure affects players in different ways – my feet always used to turn to lead, I felt like I couldn’t move, so I’d just charge into the net to try and do something.”
Pat Cash on 5 Live Sports Extra

Djokovic 1-2 Tsonga
Apparently Cedric Pioline has flown in especially to see his young countryman in action. Oh, the glamour. Tsonga withstands the pressure of being under the former Wimbledon finalists’s gaze by holding to 15 in a much more impressive game.

Djokovic 1-1 Tsonga
Tsonga makes the first Hawkeye challenge of the day on a Djokovic serve and gets it right – the ball was well wide – but NoDjo wins the replayed point anyway. This time it’s the Serb who looks tight, though, when he spoons a forehand way wide from 30-30 and then nets a backhand. Tsonga gets the break back and Djokovic looks less than pleased.

Djokovic 1-0 Tsonga
Tsonga looks like he’s carrying on where he left off against Nadal when a big forehand and winning serve get him to 30-15, but he then sends a couple of regulation forehands long. Nerves, surely. It’s an early break point for Djokovic and he takes it with a sweeping forehand into the corner.

0845: “We’ve seen the potential of Tsonga in the last few years but to me it’s as if he’s matured as a player during these two weeks. Quite remarkable.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

0842: “Experience counts and you have to favour Novak initially but you have to see how it starts in the first set. If Jo-Wilfried can handle it, then it’s going to be on.”
Jim Courier on 5 Live Sports Extra

0840: “Djokovic is very popular. He’s a good kid, plays great tennis and is fun in front of the camera, but the bottom line is he’s done his talking with his racket.”
Pat Cash on 5 Live Sports Extra

0838: They step out on Rod laver Arena to a huge cheer, Tsonga already jumping around in excitement. There look to be large French and Serbian contingents in the crowd so there should be a good atmosphere.

0836: The two players are stopped on their way onto court for a brief word with Todd Woodbridge. “It’s very exciting and I’ll do my best,” says Tsonga. And Djokovic adds: “It’s going to be very difficult but I’m playing against someone who doesn’t have anything to lose.” So there you go.

0833: “Tsonga has taken it all in his stride. He has just emerged from the pack to become the first of the young Frenchmen to reach a Grand Slam final. There’s no doubt he’s great for the game, a superstar in the making.”
BBC Sport’s Andrew Castle

0828: Those who were with me yesterday will remember the choir of angelic little Aussies singing thier national anthem while bizarrely dressed as chefs. Well look out, the Australian yoof are back, and a cracking rendition it is too.

0825: Apparently that wasn’t The Veronicas, they were on earlier and are a couple of vivacious twin girls. That was Evermore. Wish I’d got here a bit earlier. Anyway, you still have time to follow the match on BBC TWO, 5 Live Sports Extra, or via the streaming on this website. You really can’t beat text-based coverage of tennis though.

0820: We’re being treated to music on the Rod Laver Arena from a band that our woman in the stadium, Caroline Cheese, informs me are called The Veronicas. I wouldn’t bother making a note of the name.

0815: Morning everyone, welcome to a sun-drenched Melbourne for the men’s final between Novak Djokovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Via Shepherd’s Bush.

It’s not the final anyone would have predicted but given the pair’s thumping of top seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the semis, it certainly features two worthy contenders.

The pair have never played each other before but world number three Djokovic starts as favourite on paper, having won seven career titles and reached last year’s US Open final.

Game isn’t played on paper though, is it? It’s played on good old-fashioned Plexicushion, something which is clearly to Tsonga’s liking.

He may be unseeded and playing in his first senior final of any kind but he has seen off Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet, Mikhail Youzhny and demolished Nadal in the past fortnight.

So who’s going to win? I’m going for Djokovic in four, but exactly a year ago I tipped Fernando Gonzalez to beat Federer in the final. Idiot.

Story from BBC SPORT


Federer v Djokovic as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Men’s semi-final latest:


5-7 3-6 6-7

By Jonathan Stevenson

1115: “That was a staggering performance from the number three seed. Federer had an off day, but my word he didn’t give him anything.”
BBC Sport pundit John Lloyd THIRD SET

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-7 Djokovic
Fed gets the mini-break with a pounding forehand and after the rally of the match the Swiss produces a truly memorable backhand right into the corner. He promptly loses the break with a mis-hit forehand and then blazes one miles beyond the baseline – 3-3. They swap enormous serves before Fed goes 5-4 up and screams “come on”. Two huge Serbian serves hand Djoko a match point and Fed nets. Djoko slumps to the floor – he cannot believe what has just happened. Ladies and gentlemen, you’ve just witnessed history in the making.

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-6 Djokovic
Fed cranks up the pressure with a brilliant reaction volley at the net and the crowd are off their seats. Djoko then goes long – set point Fed, but the Serb produces a monster serve to save it. A blinding cross-court forehand earns Fed another one, but Djoko again holds his nerve. Another massive ace and we’re into a tiebreaker.

1057: “This is great – I’m watching online at work, my boss caught me during the first set and told me to get back to work, but he is now sitting next to me eyes glued to the screen.”
Anonymous, via text

Federer 5-7 3-6 6-5 Djokovic
A woman in the crowd holds aloft a Swiss flag – but she looks like she is about the burst into tears. Fed nails a quality volley but nets next point, to leave him precariously positioned at 30-30. A fine forehand earns him game point, and Djoko cannot return the next one. Good hold from the champ.

Federer 5-7 3-6 5-5 Djokovic
Djoko holds his nerve big time with an ace and a pounding forehand and after Fed pulls one back, he simply takes more time and launches two more unreturnable serves.

Federer 5-7 3-6 5-4 Djokovic
Quality use of the court from Fed and after a double fault, he hits the line with a forehand – he could not afford to miss that. Djoko goes long and then drop-shots into the net after a phenomenal defensive backhand flick from Fed to stay in the point.

Federer 5-7 3-6 4-4 Djokovic
Fed is sensing a chance on Djoko’s serve, but the young Serb is managing to keep him at bay and his first serve is just about holding firm. A double lets Fed in, but an unreturnable swiftly shuts the door in the champ’s face.

1045: “Don’t write Fed off yet. It will be a comeback of biblical proportions if he makes it. Think Matt Di Angelo on Strictly Come Dancing.”
Zoran76 on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 4-3 Djokovic
A magnificent backhand smash takes a bouncing Federer to 30-0 – he is trying to get himself going now. Djoko pulls it back with two power points, but then launches one long and Fed holds. Federer 5-7 3-6 3-3 Djokovic
Fed puts some pressure on but Djoko defends brilliantly and the Serb races 40-0 up. But Fed’s defence is tested to the full and Djoko opts for a drop-shot at 40-30 – bad idea. He manages to hold with some sturdy defence, but Fed is still not middling much out there.

1035: “Looks like another Fed has cut its rate this week.”
Sebwinder on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 3-2 Djokovic
A whipped forehand puts Fed 30-0 up and he leaves a long one, before wrapping up his easiest service game for a while with an ace. Can he now put pressure on the Serb’s serve? Federer 5-7 3-6 2-2 Djokovic
When Djoko increases the pace, Fed cannot stay with him. He holds to love and the Swiss needs to find a few extra gears here if we are even going to have a fourth set.

1030: “Novak must win this third set, or Fed will steamroller it. Djoko must go for the juggular or Fed will come back to bite him.”
David, France, via text

1029: “I dont think I’ve ever seen Federer play so bad. It’s like he can’t be bothered to play and is just letting everything go.”
TopGunnerChrissy on 606

Federer 5-7 3-6 2-1 Djokovic
It’s good point, bad point for Fed. A lovely winner followed by an unforced error. Djoko climbs all over a second serve to go 15-40 up – Fed easily saves the first break point and then Djoko goes long to go to deuce. Fed then leaves a shot that flies into the corner of the court but Djoko misses one chance down the line with a backhand and then goes long. Fed holds, but my word is he hanging on now. Federer 5-7 3-6 1-1 Djokovic
Djoko slams wide after a thumping rally and then goes long, before another poor forehand goes wide and hands Fed three break points. The Serb produces one huge serve before Fed blazes off target with a backhand and then an ace saves the last. Djoko increases the tempo in a Federer-like manner and holds with an ace. Gutsy.

Federer 5-7 3-6 1-0 Djokovic
Fed looks a bit more lively, but Djoko finds his range with a glorious forehand right into the corner. The Swiss manages to hold, but it’s not comfortable by any means. He needs a break to boost his flagging spirits – and he needs one sharpish.

1012: “Notwithstanding who we want to win, the one thing the latter stages of this tournament have not had is a close, good match. Tennis lovers must want Federer to pull himself together here and make a game of it. If he does this could become a classic.”
King of the Biscuits on 606

SECOND SET Federer 5-7 3-6 Djokovic
Bang. Fed dominates a rally and then thwacks a brutal forehand cross court, but he misses a golden chance to go 0-30 up and then Djoko nails one, before the Serb goes long – 30-30, tense times. A massive unreturnable serve gives him set point, but Fed destroys a forehand to take it to deuce. Djoko then gets a time violation but he produces two big, big serves to go 2-0 up. Is this one all over bar the shouting?

Federer 5-7 3-5 Djokovic
Where has the real Roger Federer been hiding? A brilliant serve-and-volley, a couple of big first serves and a fine forehand down the line help him hold and there’s a bit of pressure on Djoko now to serve for the set.

1003: “Cant believe anyone is doubting Fed the legend to win in 5!”
Big G, via text

Federer 5-7 2-5 Djokovic
I can barely believe what I’m seeing. Just as it looks as though Fed’s gone, he produces a gorgeous forehand to go 15-30 up. Djoko nets under fierce pressure and then has a shot called long – but he questions the call and the ball was good. We go to deuce and Djoko flies wide before a sumptuous Fed floater down the line gets him a break back.

0956: “Is the Fed Express about to go off the rails? Let’s hope so.”
bon-nadal on 606

Federer 5-7 1-5 Djokovic
Djoko blazes another clean winner past a shell-shocked Fed and Mirka looks less-than-pleased in the crowd. Her man goes way long once again and Djoko secures another break with a thumping forehand Fed doesn’t even look twice at. Totally rampant now, the Serb. Federer 5-7 1-4 Djokovic
Every time Fed has a sniff, he blows it with an unforced error. Djoko is not in the mood to give him too many chances and he serves big to extend his advantage. Djokovic has won eight out of the last nine games now, remarkable.

Federer 5-7 1-3 Djokovic
Fed nets twice to go 0-30, but Djoko tries a cute volley and nets. Fed lashes a wild forehand off court to go break point down, which he saves with a magnificently-worked point ending with a top-drawer smash. But Djoko powers his way to another break point and then takes the game with a remarkable pick up and backhand down the line. Sensational stuff from the young man.

0943: Thanks to everyone for answering the question at 0935 correctly, it was of course the Australian Open final in 2005, when Marat Safin beat Leyton Hewitt.

0941: “Fed’s losing but he’s the architect of his own downfall right now. The amount of shots he’s netting or hitting long is just silly.”
Blue_Phoenix on 606

Federer 5-7 1-2 Djokovic
Fed is just not hitting now with any of his big shots. Djoko is being aggressive in his movement and he races 40-0 up. But the Serb tries a through-the-legs showboat shot and Fed takes it to 40-30, before an ace gives Djoko a get-out-of-jail card. Federer 5-7 1-1 Djokovic
Djoko is making Fed do all the running, but the champion produces some quality defensive tennis to secure his first game in what seems like an age. He celebrates by doing some limbering up.

0935: “When was the last time a Grand Slam final was contested without either Nadal or Federer playing in it?”
On Tsonga, via text


Federer 5-7 0-1 Djokovic
Djoko is sending Fed’s sprawling forehands back with interest and the Swiss has gone totally off the boil. Five games on the spin and the world number one needs to sort himself out.


Federer 5-7 Djokovic
Djoko is timing it nice now and only misses a big backhand by a fraction that would have taken him to 15-30. But he stays strong and Fed goes long to give Djoko a set point, which Federer smashes way past the baseline. Four games in a row for the Serb, are we on for an upset here?

0927: “Who do you fancy in the women’s final then? A tough call for the guys that one.”
WUSCHLI on 606

I think it’s best for everyone if we focus on the guys for now. I just don’t know how to answer that question in a BBC-friendly way.

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Djoko gets excited – he double faults, before Fed hits a frankly ridiculous backhand down the line that you’d have to super slow-mo to even see. But Djoko out-rallies his more illustrious opponent once again and now the pressure is on Federer to stay in the set.

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Fed misses two standard forehands, but a quality first serve produces the Swiss’s first “come on” of the day. Remarkably, Djoko out-manoeuvres the world number one and Fed hits two more unforced errors to hand the Serb his break back.

0919: “I’ve sat in the far corner of my office so no one can see my screen, watching the tennis on BBC of course. Novak in five!”
Luka, London, via text

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Stunning – Federer produces an impossible backhand at an angle that didn’t even exist a minute ago. Djoko is left motionless, speechless and pointless. But the 20-year-old gathers his thoughts and fights back well, with some big serves and a crunching cross-court backhand winner to stay in the set.

Federer 5-3 Djokovic
Federer has upped his game in a big way as we get to the business end of the set and moves to 30-0, but two cracking winners from Djokovic get him right back in the mixer. A return into the net infuriates the Serb but Fed double faults to take us to deuce. An ace and a Djoko later and Fed has held.

0910: “Are any of them wearing squeaky shoes?”
Jer, via text

There’s a fair bit of squeak out there for sure, but let’s hope no-one goes on about it this time.

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer hits a backhand right out the middle of the sweet spot down the line before Djoko goes wide on a forehand, 0-30. Two big Serbian serves levels it, but he blazes another one miles wide and then the Swiss grabs a crucial break after a nervy rally with both guys clipping the top of the net.

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Fed mis-times a forehand way long before he ends a top-drawer rally with a dominating smash. The Swiss is a funny mix of stunning timing and careless mistakes at the moment, but he sees the game out in relatively comfortable fashion nevertheless.

0902: “We’re off! I have a feeling Djoko is adopting a tactic of putting the Fed man under pressure by charging to the net. Well, let’s see how it works out.”
Maxxfoot on 606

Federer 2-3 Djokovic
What an easy service game that was for Djoko, put under no pressure at all by Federer and holding to love. Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer slashes a forehand well wide and then nets a routine backhand and a routine forehand to provide Djokovic with an opening at 15-40. But the Serb goes long and then cannot return a down-the-line first serve and it’s back to deuce. An angry Djoko goes long again twice and one potential break is averted.

Federer 1-2 Djokovic
A very impressive hold that from the young Serb, not unnerved by his first double fault of the day. Federer nets a return and then goes long at 40-30. Djokovic’s first serve appears to be working well.

0852: “Just as well there’s tennis on this morning otherwise I’d have to do some work. Federer to win in four.”
Euan, Edinburgh, via text

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
With minimum fuss Federer holds, not much wrong there from the three-time Australian Open champion. Djokovic nets and we’re level.

Federer 0-1 Djokovic
Federer lays down a marker with a cross-court forehand right into the corner and my word is that thumping backhand in full flow already as he out-powers the Serb. But Djokovic keeps his cool with a couple of good volleys and an ace and holds.

0845: “Time”. Djokovic to serve first. Here we go.

0844: “Guess they’re slugging it out for the runners-up cheque. Never thought I’d say that about Federer!”
Andy, Berkhamsted, via text

0842: “Beating James Blake was good, it was an entertaining match. I hope to back it up with another good one today,” said Federer. I reckon we’re not far off starting, then, as the players go through their warm-up.

0840: “It has been an amazing two weeks for me, I’ve been playing at a very high level, hopefully I can continue that tonight,” said Djokovic as he prepared to walk out on court.

0834: As always, I’d love for you to get involved in today’s proceedings – it really is the more the merrier. Text your views on 81111 , or get involved on 606 . I especially want you guys who have never got in touch before. Go on, do something new today…

0831: Roger Federer is about to step on court for his 15th Grand Slam semi-final in a row, a sensational record. He says recent talk about him losing his grip on the world number one slot does not bother him. “I’ve heard it before and don’t read it anymore because it’s the same thing over and over again,” said the 26-year-old. 0827: “Things have gone well so far,” said Federer. “So far things have gone well,” said Djokovic. Let’s hope there’s nothing to separate them on the court as well as off it.

0824: So now it’s the turn of defending champion and three-time winner of this tournament, Roger Federer, and the number three seed, Novak Djokovic. The Swiss master has a 5-1 record over his young Serb apprentice – but will that count for anything today?

0822: In case you’ve been frozen in carbonite for the last day, you will of course be aware that Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wiped the floor with second seed Rafael Nadal on Thursday to book his place in the Australian Open final.

0820 GMT: Morning. Hope you slept well. This one should be a real crackerjack, two boys slugging it out for the right to face the Muhammad Ali of tennis. Huge.

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Djokovic v Hewitt as it happened

Australian Open, Melbourne

Men’s fourth-round result:

N Djokovic (Ser) v L Hewitt (Aus)

7-5 6-3 6-3


By Sarah Holt

Third set:

1119: “Djokovic to beat Nadal in four sets in semi final and lose to Federer in five in the final.” James via text

1117: “Easy as u like for Djorko…nice one!!”
Criv17 on 606

Djokovic 6-3 Hewitt
It’d be nice to see this game go into a fourth set don’t you think? Hewitt has got some work to do though at 15-40 down on his serve. He challenges but the point stands. And the Australian just does not have enough to save yet another match point, netting the ball to see Djokovic go through.

“A solid performance in the end from Djokovic. Hewitt had chances but once they slipped away, Djokovic was able to use his superior pace and power around the court to get the job done.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 5-3 Hewitt
The third seed nets the ball for 0-15. A big serve from Djokovic sees him level at 15-15. A cry from the Aussie as he thwacks the ball wide for 30-15. Djokovic races into the net as another powerful forehand pays off to hand him match point. What a strike from Hewitt, who blasts Djokovic’s serve back across court for 40-30. The Serbian nets – as Hewitt saves two match points. If he’s going down; he’s going down fighting. The third seed nets to hand the Aussie advantage and then dumps the ball wide to hand Hewitt a well-deserved break.

“How can you not admire Hewitt? He’s got such incredible will.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 5-2 Hewitt
Djokovic moves to 0-30 on the Hewitt serve and maybe Mr Tarango had a valid point indeed. The Australian again fails to dig out a decent return and he falls 15-40 behind. The Serbian pumps his fist as his superior pace confounds Hewitt again and he grabs the double break. He’s just one game away from the quarter-finals now.

Djokovic 4-2 Hewitt
More shouts from Hewitt as he battles and battles on the Djokovic serve but cannot nick more than a point from the big-serving Serbian.

“Hewitt is a little subdued.”
5 Live analyst Jeff Tarango

1058: “Hewitt is becoming the next Henman. Lot of promise, enthusiasm and support, but not exactly a match for a top 3 opponent. To his credit, he has two Grand Slams though.”
theangrez on 606

Djokovic 3-2 Hewitt
A good service game from Hewitt, who holds to 15.

“If Djokovic is just happy to serve this out, then I think that’s a mistake.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 3-1 Hewitt
The crowd are doing their best to get behind Hewitt, who steals a point at the net for 15-15. Djokovic lashes down a half smash at 30-15, and Hewitt cannot find an answer to another one-two punch from the Serbian at 40-15. Another big serve and Djokovic pulls further away. And news just in – well probably not, but still – apparently Djokovic has asked seven-time Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras to be his mentor.

Djokovic 2-1 Hewitt
Much better from Hewitt as he produces a solid service game to stay in touch.

Djokovic 2-0 Hewitt
As it turns out, Hewitt can do very little to answer Djokovic in the next game as the third seed strides into a 2-0 lead. His little brothers Marko and Djorge (tipped to be future tennis stars) watch on with grins.

1046: “Enough for a cool lunch . . . ”
Maxxfoot on 606 (see 1031)

Djokovic 1-0 Hewitt
An acrobatic first point for Hewitt, who pirouettes at the net for 15-0. Djokovic produces some clever moves of his own though to force deuce – twice. Hewitt challenges a point but he is proved wrong and that turns out to be crucial as Djokovic breaks. What can Hewitt do to fight back?

Second set:

Djokovic 6-3 Hewitt
A huge shout from Hewitt as he goes long at 30-15. Another close call for Djokovic as he just inches the ball wide for 30-30. The Australian can’t find the return at 40-30. An immense rally yet again, one side of the court to the other they go, but Djokovic slides into the net to meet Hewitt’s drop shot and glides it past him to take the set.

“If Djokovic thinks for one minute this is over and relaxes he could be in trouble.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

1031: “Djoko will finish it in a cool 3 sets. No doubt!! Else I eat the hair on the top of my head…”
Maxxfoot on 606 (how much hair do you have though Maxx?)

Djokovic 5-3 Hewitt
A straightforward game for Hewitt, who forces Djokovic to serve out for the set.

1030: “C’mon Lleyton! Give the aussie crowd something to cheer about! Would love to see him win here, especially after his heroics the other night.”
Donna via text

Djokovic 5-2 Hewitt
A couple of big zingers for Djokovic take him to 30-0. He flings down another one for 40-15 and his fans respond with a round of singing. A double fault and some staunch stuff from Hewitt at the net brings up deuce. Another double fault brings up another deuce; and some more muttering from the third seed. An exhausting rally – 31 shots – but Hewitt can’t get the pick up and Djokovic takes advantage. A two-handed forehand sees the Aussie hang on. Really exciting. But the third seed does enough to hold.

Djokovic 4-2 Hewitt
Hewitt is in trouble on his serve once again and slides to 0-30. The Aussie shouts at him “Get in!” as another errors sees him fall to 15-40. But Djokovic is just too good this time as he unleashes another passing shot to break for a second time.

1013: “The Djoker looked ill at ease during the first set, and is pretty fortunate to have taken it. Hewitt’s legendary staying power will be put to the test now- not sure if he’s got it in him.”
Zoran76 on 606

Djokovic 3-2 Hewitt
The third seed holds comfortably to move ahead.

Djokovic 2-2 Hewitt
It’s not easy consolidating a break and Djokovic leans in with a backhand to take Hewitt to deuce. The third seed nets the ball but he recovers deuce with another whipping passing shot. The Australian skids the ball wide and there’s a chance for Djokovic to break back. Lovely shot from Hewitt, who sends a forehand down the line for a third deuce. The crowd boo when the Aussie is judged to have double faulted and Hewitt nets to see his break snatched back.

“Things aren’t quite swinging for Hewitt at the moment and Djokovic is the sort of player who can make his opponent pay for that.”
5 Live’s tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend

Djokovic 1-2 Hewitt
Djokovic nets the ball for 0-30. Hmmm a double fault see the Serbian slide to 0-40 and he really isn’t happy with himself. He has to work hard for it but the Australian runs in for a smash at the net and he breaks Djokovic – and he’s now up to 23 unforced errors.

“Djokovic is breaking down a lot more in his rallies than I thought he would – and Lleyton Hewitt has got the biggest heart out there.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 1-1 Hewitt
Djokovic lands a perfect backhand in the corner – and this time I mean right in the corner – for 15-15. A wild double fault sees Hewitt slide to 15-30. The Aussie lets rip with a huge “Come on!” at 30-30 and the crowd responds with chants of “Lleyton”. A long, long rally and Hewitt holds. He’s fired up now – and I spill my cereal over my desk. I don’t think the two are related.

Djokovic 1-0 Hewitt
Hewitt is straight onto Djokovic and takes him to 30-30 but he just can’t quite find the final shot at 40-30. A drop over the net sees the third seed hold.

First set:

Djokovic 7-5 Hewitt
Just checking through for some new 606 comment – please do send me your thoughts on the match – and next thing I know Hewitt is 0-40 down. Unforced errors from the Australian see him in trouble again and he skies the ball to hand Djokovic the break right at the last.

“I don’t think Djokovic played particularly well in that set but he still won it – and that’s worrying for Hewitt.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 6-5 Hewitt
Djokovic nets a loose one-handed backhand at 15-15, but then delivers a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ace for 30-15. Hewitt is really trying to make the Serb work out there and Djokovic nets for deuce. He just can’t seem to get away with an easy service game – and the crowd are loving it. Djokovic nets out a big roar as he takes advantage and, fired up, he holds.

“The problem for Hewitt is can he keep up the energy levels. If he loses this set then it will be a tremendous hill for him to climb.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 5-5 Hewitt
Hewitt will want a steady game here and he moves to 40-0. And the 19th seed does hold.

Djokovic 5-4 Hewitt
There are some smiling Serbian fans in the crowd now as Djokovic stretches Hewitt in some more intense rallies at 30-15. But the third seed sends the ball inches wide – and nearly takes Hewitt’s head off in the process – for 30-30. The Australian challenges a Djokovic ace but the Hawk-Eye replay shows that it’s good. It is still pretty tight out there though as on we go to deuce. The Serbian nets to hand Hewitt a break chance but Djokovic’s serve is too good and a third deuce comes around. A lucky net-cord and an ace take the third seed through.

“What Djokovic is doing is forcing Hewitt to stay in the crouch position for a long time while he waits for him to serve; and I don’t think it’s fair.”
BBC 5 Live analyst Jeff Tarango on Djokovic’s ball-bouncing in between points

Djokovic 4-4 Hewitt
Djokovic seizes the momentum and takes advantage of a weak Hewitt second serve to take him to 0-40 and this time the Serbian breaks back as the Australian goes long. So we’re back on serve.

Djokovic 3-4 Hewitt
Djokovic is back under pressure himself here and some unforced errors see Hewitt in with a chance of a double break. The Serbian looks a bit unsettled but covers the net to save deuce. Hewitt has another break point after a second deuce, but he loops the high to fall back to 40-40 again. The third seed eventually holds with an ace.

5 Live tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend has more on the extended Djokovic clan on his 606 blog. Apparently, there are three brothers, and all of them are super good at tennis.

Djokovic 2-4 Hewitt
Djokovic tries to put Hewitt under pressure on his serve and scrambles his way to 40-30 but the Australian slots the ball deftly over the net to consolidate the break.

Djokovic 2-3 Hewitt
A first double fault for Djokovic takes him to 15-30. The third seed nets for 30-40 and Hewitt has his first break point. A huge “Come on” from Hewitt and whistles from the crowd as the Serbian pumps the ball wide to concede.

“Djokovic looked so much in command, but typical Lleyton Hewitt claws his way back, and Djokovic can’t underestimate the guts of the opponent he is playing.”
BBC Sport’s John Lloyd

Djokovic 2-2 Hewitt
A winner straight down the line from Djokovic for 0-15. An untimely double fault sees the Aussie slide to 0-30. Problems for Hewitt here as he nets to gift Djokovic three break points. An attempted floated drop shot from Djokovic doesn’t pay off and then he goes long to hand Hewitt a lifeline at 30-40. And the first “Come on” of the evening from the Aussie as he saves deuce. Good counter-punching from Hewitt takes him to advantage and he holds with an ace.

“A gritty service game from Hewitt.”
BBC Sport analyst Sam Smith

Djokovic 2-1 Hewitt
Some Australian A-list support for Hewitt in the crowd from actress Nicole Kidman and her husband country singer Keith Urban. They might need to clap a little bit harder though as Hewitt fails to make significant in-roads on the Djokovic serve.

Djokovic 1-1 Hewitt
Hewitt volleys at the net to take the first point on his serve. An intense rally on the next point levels the score at 15-15, and after his energy-sapping exertions against Baghdatis, Hewitt won’t want to be worked all around the court at this early stage, but he holds.

Djokovic 1-0 Hewitt
Djokovic gets the match under way and a typically big-serving start from the Serbian as he holds to love.

0843: “I think Djokovic might just win this tournament.”
Slashermcguirk on 606

0840: Quick word from the players then; first up Djokovic: “It’s been a great tournament for me and I hope to continue playing at a high level of tennis today.”

Home-boy Hewitt says: “It’s an amazing place to play tennis and hopefully we’ll put on another good show.”

0835: Just a few minutes late, but here the players come, both dressed in shades of blue, walking through the corridors of the Rod Laver Arena and out onto the court. Big cheers for Djokovic – he’ll have plenty of support from his Serbian fans. But put your fingers in your ears, as Hewitt arrives to screams and applause from his home crowd.

0827: The pair have met twice, with one win apiece, Hewitt’s coming at the US Open two years ago and Djokovic taking revenge at last year’s Wimbledon.

Djokovic is a strong favourite this time around having established himself among the leading three players in the world, while Hewitt was kept on court until 4.30am on Sunday in his five-set marathon win over Marcos Baghdatis.

0825: Here we go for the big match of the day – third seed and serious title contender Novak Djokovic against Aussie hope Lleyton Hewitt.

You can also watch the action live on BBC Interactive or listen to commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

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Federer v Djokovic as it happened

Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September

US Open, Flushing Meadows Final result:


7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) 6-4

By Piers Newbery

Third set:

0022: Well, it’s been emotional. Djokovic gets a great reception from the New Yorkers and looks suitably embarrassed when a red-faced Maria Sharapova appears on the big screen, to wolf whistles all round. There’s definitely something going on there. Federer picks up the trophy and that’s your lot. It’s been fun, and thanks for your texts and comments, – now back to bed/work/school/uni for the lot of you. I need a cuppa.

Federer 6-4 Djokovic
Federer gets to 30-30, and just two points from the title, with a superb backhand smash and a fizzing return but an ace takes Djokovic to game point. Federer then produces the most incredible angle with a backhand for deuce. Djokovic goes for a big second serve and wants to challenge but he can’t! He’s gone and used them all, hasn’t he? It’s championship point but NoDjo finds a delicate forehand angle. Another backhand error gives Fed a second chance though… and he nets a backhand!

It’s over and Federer slumps to the court before leaping up, congratulating NoDjo and then pumping his fist like a madman. Don’t often see him this fired up…

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Federer gets to 40-0 and keeps things interesting with a double fault but takes the game on the next point.

0006: “Watching live coverage on ya fone while lying in bed it gets no betta i love technology.”
From D in north west london via text

0006: “I have to write 10,000 words by next friday yet i can’t help but refresh bbc commentary every 10…that’s 1000 clicks of the mouse, do u think that’s ho w rafa got his biceps? ”
From anon via text

0006: “Piers, i can beat young Alex from Oxford, i’m handing in my dissertation tomorrow & finish university forever!”
Andrew, Northumbria Uni, Newcastle, via text

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Crikey. Federer moves menacingly to 30-30, swoops into the net and… sticks a volley into the net with court gaping. Djokovic follows up with a double fault anyway, so it’s deuce, but Federer misses with a pass and Djokovic hangs on. He looks tired though.

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Federer hammers a backhand pass down the line, then punches away a forehand volley and hits an ace for an easy hold. Huge game now for Djokovic.

2355: “Djokovic looks way more like screech from saved by the bell than tarantino.”
From James H via text

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Djokovic looks on course for a simple hold but Federer gets back to deuce and then earns a break point as NoDjo is forced into evasive action at the net. The Serb bravely heads back to the net to save the break point with a volley and follows up with a searing backhand as he holds.

2355: “I’ve got my first day of college at 8am tomorrow but all i can do is lie in bed and watch the bbc commentary on my phone!”
From Alex, Oxford, via text (We salute you!)

Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Djokovic smacks a cross-court backhand winner on the first point and then Federer double faults to go 0-30. NoDjo steps up the pace in the next rally and forces a backhand error – 0-40 and three more break points for the Serb. He misses with a backhand return on the first and then inexplicably leaves a forehand that drops on the line right in front of him – Hawkeye confirms his mistake. Djokovic nets a return on the third break point and the crowd sighs as one, before Federer wraps up the game with an ace.

Bizarrely, Djokovic challenges but Fedeer marches to his chair and sits down anyway, so the Serb follows him. They both sit and watch as the Hawkeye graphic confirms it was an ace, just. And that was Djokovic’s last challenge of the set. Weird.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic
A very swift love game for Djokovic, very much as we were at the start of the first set.

2345: “Federer has the ability to squeeze out of tight situations, it’s amazing. Sampras had the same sort of thing.”
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 2-1 Djokovic
A Djokovic backhand sails long and Federer holds easily again.

2343: “Federer is one of those bobbly punch things that always come back smiling no matter how hard you hit it…”
From anon via text

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Testing times for Djokovic when he lets a 40-15 lead slip but Serb hangs on from deuce.

2341: “Awesome from Federer. Is it me or is he the spitting image of Quentin Tarantino?”
From Marc, Liverpool, via text (He is indeed – a subject much discussed at Wimbledon, where we decided the Roddick/Stiffler lookalike was the best)

Federer 1-0 Djokovic
Lordy, that is a game and a half from the champ. He opens with a forehand winner down the line, then hits a backhand down the opposite tram line and soon after smacks an ace for the game.

Second set:

Federer 7-6 (7-2) Djokovic
Awesome stuff from Federer. After a pretty scratchy couple of sets by his standards, the Swiss hits top form at the key moment. Djokovic puts a backhand wide to go 3-2 down and Federer repsonds with some brilliant, unreturnable serving, and from 5-2 he smashes a spectacular forehand an even better backhand to take the set.

2329: Djokovic has a brief and entertaining meltdown at the back of the court after missing a total of seven set points in the match so far. He needs to get his head back in the match – it’s tie-break time.

Federer 6-6 Djokovic
A long rally at 15-15 ends with Djokovic smacking a backhand down to Federer’s feet at the net and he puts the volley long. Another forehand error follows and it’s 15-40 and two set points to Djokovic. We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Federer saves the first with an ace and NoDjo goes long with a forehand on the second, only just according to Hawkeye. That provokes a smile form the Serb but Federer just gets back to business and holds on.

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Some more huge serving from Djokovic and Federer just isn’t reading it at the moment.

2322: “Game over. I can only see one outcome now, as long as fed keeps attacking. Novak will struggle to serve any part of this match out.”
From Ian, Eastbourne, via text

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Federer holds serve to love, walloping a huge forehand on the second point.

Federer 4-5 Djokovic
We appear to have returned to the start of the first set as both players are now holding serve with ease, Djokovic taking this one to 15.

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Federer is back on level terms with another love service game and the worrying thing for Djokovic is that the champion is nowhere near his best yet, apart from on serve.

Federer 3-4 Djokovic
The nerves appear to strike Djokovic again as he falls to 0-40 with a couple of errors and another loose backhand lets Federer break back to love.

Federer 2-4 Djokovic
The third point of this game feels like a significant moment as Djokovic moves the world number one over every inch of the court before drawing him to the net and throwing up a perfect lob. Those in the NoDjo box are up on their feet, as are the rest of the 23,000 spectators, but Federer holds on from deuce with an ace.

2304: “Bye bye Djokovic, you had your chance and you blew it and now you will lose.”
From Naveed, Yorkshire, via text (Presumably before the last two games)

Federer 1-4 Djokovic
Federer puts up a tame lob before Djokovic finds an ace on his way to a love game.

Federer 1-3 Djokovic
Another howler off the forehand from Federer gives Djokovic two set points at 15-40. The Serb misses a backhand on the first but Federer obliges with a sloppy volley on the second and the match is very much back on.

Federer 1-2 Djokovic
A confidence booster for Djokovic as he hits a couple of big forehand winners and holds to 15.

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
Federer looks a lot more relaxed now and sidles into the net to put away a forehand volley but a missed backhand pass sees him pegged back to 30-30. The Swiss comes up with his best shot of the day as he arrows a backhand down the line and a service winner seals the game.

2252: “Just looked my tie out for work tomorrow and it’s got a tear in it, is this the second tie break of the evening?”
From Gordon, Bristol, via text

Federer 0-1 Djokovic
After sitting with his head swathed in towels during the changeover, Djokovic just about retains his composure to hold his serve to 15.

2249: “Djokovic should have managed to turn that negativity off a little earlier than he did.”
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

2248: “Djokovic settled down very well at the start but there were plenty of unforced errors – 34 from both players – and he’s got a mountain to climb now.”
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live

First set:

Federer 7-6 (7-4) Djokovic
Look away, NoDjo fans, this will make ugly reading. Still seething after missing five set points in the previous game, Djokovic gets the first mini-break for 3-2 but then nets a backhand and double faults. His racquet takes a pounding as he slams it into the court, and things get worse when he delivers another double fault at set point down. Good stuff from Federer but Djokovic really did throw it away.

Federer 6-6 Djokovic
What a game. Nerves? From Novak? He smacks an ace to get to 40-0 and three set points. One decent forehand from Federer and a Djokovic error put the pressure on before a lengthy rally sees the Serb falter again, and it’s deuce. NoDjo gathers himself and fires down a huge service winner but goes long with the forehand on set point number four. Number fives comes along moments later, a brilliant Federer return is too much for Djokovic.

After five set points slip by, Djokovic pulls a backhand wide to give Federer a break point and the Serb double faults! Unbelievable.

2229: “Re 2142 entry. Baba O’Riley is the theme music to CSI-New York. So tenuous link, at best. Top tune though. Go Fed.”
From Doc Faroon, on call in Dundee, via text (Good knowledge)

Federer 5-6 Djokovic
Djokovic gets to 30-30 with a scything forehand cross-court winner and the crowd starts to get involved. Djokovic then makes a great return and forces a Federer error, giving him the first break point of the day. The Serb gets a look at a second serve but thumps the backhand return long and looks disgusted. As does Federer on the next point when he puts an easy forehand well long – set point again, and another Federer error on the forehand!

Federer 5-5 Djokovic
Federer makes a couple more wild shanks off the forehand and Djokovic holds serve easily once again. The Serb has the very slightest of edges at the moment.

Federer 5-4 Djokovic
Djokovic makes a mess of a backhand smash and this time it’s Federer who closes out his service game with an ace.

Federer 4-4 Djokovic
Federer mishits a couple of forehands as Djokovic holds to 30 with an ace and we’re already on course for a tie-break. That tends to guarantee a break.

2212: “They’re like a couple of boxers sparring at the moment.”
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 4-3 Djokovic
Another love service game and it’s all gone a bit Sampras v Ivanisevic. That’s OK though, we want a competitive match.

Federer 3-3 Djokovic
Some big, big serving sees Djokovic hold to love for the first time and he looks in good form for a Grand Slam final debutant.

2205: “Apparently Djokovic is booked on to the David Letterman Show tomorrow night – if he loses it will be the first time Letterman has had the runner-up on his show.”
Jonathan Overend on BBC Radio 5live

Federer 3-2 Djokovic
Federer is let off the hook at 30-15 when Djokovic smacks a second serve into the net and the Swiss holds to 15. No sign of any breaks yet.

Federer 2-2 Djokovic
Federer plays a beautiful backhand down the line early on but Djokovic stays calm and holds to 15. A quick stars-in-the-crowd update: Robert De Niro, Dutsin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Greg Norman. No sign of Rick Moranis yet, he was in yesterday though.

2200: “Djokovic has done well and will push fed more than anyone else has in new york but ultimately he’ll be let down by his body and his forehand will break under the pressure fed will put on it.”
From anon via text on 81111

Federer 2-1 Djokovic
Federer throws in one double fault but holds comfortably. The PA plays Mrs Robinson.

2158: Maria Sharapova is in Djokovic’s players’ box as a guest before she flies to Russia to be a hitting partner (!) for the Fed Cup team. Building a few bridges there, I imagine. Jeff Tarango on 5live is the man in the know, but he will not be drawn on whether there is more to know about the Sharapova-Djokovic relationship.

Federer 1-1 Djokovic
NoDjo makes two errors to be hauled back to 30-30. At 40-30 the Serb appears to have hit an ace before Federer challenges sucessfully – he’s warming to old Hawkeye – but Djokovic hangs on.

Federer 1-0 Djokovic
Federer starts slowly with a couple of loose errors but from 0-30 he moves to the net and sticks away a backhand volley. At 30-30 he challenges a serve and Hawkeye backs him up, saying it was an ace. Djokovic then takes the initiative by attacking the net and angling a forehand volley for deuce, but Federer holds on.

2149: “I saw Djokovic yesterday and he said he was really disappointed about Wimbledon because he thought he could have beaten Nadal in that semi-final. He’s very pumped up about getting to a final.”
Pat Cash on BBC Radio 5live

2146: “Federer does a lot of Greco-Roman wrestling and it builds muscles you need for tennis.”
Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5live

2142: The stadium PA belts out The Who’s Baba O’Riley, which is completely irrelevant but rather good.

2138: Federer is back in black for this evening, returning to the rather sinister outfit he has been wearing for night matches. Both players conduct a brief pre-match interview in which they say nice things about each other.

2137: Liza Minnelli sings God Bless America. To avoid causing an international incident, I’ll leave it at that.

2133: Settle back and prepare yourselves for a night of drama everyone, and I’m not talking about Jim Davidson in Hell’s Kitchen.

This is the final that surely everyone has wanted ever since Djokovic beat Federer in Montreal last month.

Will Federer be spooked by that experience or will a first Grand Slam final prove too much for the Serb? Will the 20-year-old be tired after struggling in the heat during his semi-final?

I, for one, am feeling refreshed despite yesterday’s marathon, having enjoyed a gentle walk across Hyde Park at dusk on my way to work. Apart from the in-line skaters and overly aggressive squirrels, it was delightful.

So, anyway, are we about to see another landmark night for Federer, or a real shift in the balance of power in men’s tennis?

Story from BBC SPORT

Djokovic v Ferrer as it happened

US Open, Flushing Meadows Semi-final result:


6-4 6-4 6-3

By Piers Newbery



Third set:

Djokovic 6-3 Ferrer
Djokovic crosses himself and looks to the heavens after another perfect drop shot gets him to 30-30 and just two points from a Grand Slam final. Moments later, a rush to the net gets him to deuce, another to match point… and with a brilliant drop volley he’s done it!

Djokovic 5-3 Ferrer
Another good hold from Djokovic after he drops the first point and his friends and family are looking suitably excited in the players’ box. They appear to be dressed in lines of red, white and blue to represent the Serbian flag. Very nice.

Djokovic 4-3 Ferrer
Djokovic has a sniff of another break at 30-30 but nets a backhand and Ferrer holds, before jogging back to his chair.

Djokovic 4-2 Ferrer
Djokovic comes up with the shot of the match when in trouble at 0-30, sliding out wide and smacking a backhand down the line, and he takes the next three points for a crucial hold.

1918: “The final is bound to be federer and djokovic and will be a close 5 setter with fed just coming through.”
From Luke from London via text on 8111

Djokovic 3-2 Ferrer
The match looks all but over when Ferrer goes 0-30 down but he picks up a Djokovic drop shot and fires a cross-court forehand winner. The Spaniard goes on to hold to 30.

Djokovic 3-1 Ferrer
Ferrer plays a poor game by smacking a couple of returns long when Djokovic is obviously not desperate to be running around in the heat.

1911: Djokovic has another visit from the doctor and apparently tells him, “I feel exhausted.” But he has a smile on his face and looks ready for one final push.

Djokovic 2-1 Ferrer
Djokovic looks back to his best, earning two break points for the second game in successsion. He narrowly misses the first with an ambitious attempt at a shot around the net post but converts the second.

Djokovic 1-1 Ferrer
Ferrer fails with a Hawkeye challenge as Djokovic rolls through a comfortable service game.

Djokovic 0-1 Ferrer
Djokovic, with the cap back in place, misses two chances to grab what could be a decisive break with sloppy errors and Ferrer stays alive, for the moment.

Second set:

Djokovic 6-4 Ferrer
After a set in which nearly every game has gone to deuce, we get to crunch time and Djokovic serves out to love.

Djokovic 5-4 Ferrer
Another break looks likely when Djokovic dominates the rally at 30-30 but he cannot make a tough half-volley drop shot. A wayward backhand prompts Djokovic to toss his racquet – fairly gently – into the air and Ferrer holds.

Djokovic 5-3 Ferrer
This is a hard one to call. Djokovic is seemingly cruising at 40-0 before a couple of double faults see him slip back to deuce. He takes off the sodden cap he’s been wearing and throws it away in frustration. It seems to work as he serves his way out of trouble.

1840: “Djokovic is knackered.”
Djokovic 4-3 Ferrer
The game looks done and dusted when Ferrer thumps down what looks like an ace at 40-15 but Djokovic challenges, and it’s correct. Suddenly the momentum is back with the third seed and he breaks when Ferrer pulls a forehand wide.

Djokovic 3-3 Ferrer
Djokovic does well to hold serve as he is clearly struggling, while Ferrer looks up for the long haul. Djokovic steers a volley at deuce and Ferrer almost makes him pay, a net cord just taking the ball out, before the Serb comes through with a much sharper volley.

Djokovic 2-3 Ferrer
It’s still early days but Djokovic has been in two Grand Slam semi-finals this year and been found wanting physically, being overpowered by Nadal in Paris and then retiring against the Spaniard at Wimbledon. Ferrer holds to 15.

Djokovic 2-2 Ferrer
The ice towel has some effect as Djokovic moves to game point but Ferrer is able to prolong the following rallies and Djokovic struggles. The Serb scrambles to get to a backhand when break point down and puts it long.

1820: Uh-oh. Djokovic calls for the trainer, the doctor and an ice towel as the heat is clearly starting to bother him. The doc hands over a couple of pills and Djokovic returns to the action.

Djokovic 2-1 Ferrer
Djokovic looks to be blowing a bit after that previous game and dons a white cap to give him some protection on a hot afternoon. It looks to be working when he takes the first two points but Ferrer hangs on.

Djokovic 2-0 Ferrer
It’s so often the way, isn’t it? You do all the hard work and then relax a little bit too much. Djokovic almost comes a cropper but forces an error when facing break point. He needs several deuces in the longest game of the match but does well to hold.

Djokovic 1-0 Ferrer
The Djokovic forehand is getting bigGer and bigger. Ferrer is in real danger at 0-30 but hauls himself back to game point, before a punishing rally of huge hitting is brought to an end by another big Djokovic forehand. Ferrer then fails to deal with some heavy slice and nets a forehand, but Djokovic goes long with the backhand on break point. Another chance comes along and this time the Serb runs down a drop shot and puts away a…. forehand.

First set:

Djokovic 6-4 Ferrer
Djokovic completes the turnaround with his fifth straight game in stunning style. The backhand that was faltering only a few minutes ago is now working beautifully and he wraps up the set with a drive volley.

Djokovic 5-4 Ferrer
Djokovic tries another drop shot but this time Ferrer runs it down and hits a winner. The pressure remains on the Spaniard though and at 30-30 he puts a regulation backhand long. Djokovic needs only one break point, firing a backhand up the line that Ferrer cannot handle.

Djokovic 4-4 Ferrer
After a slow start Djokovic is motoring now and he glides into the net before angling away a backhand volley for 40-0, taking the game with a big serve on the next point. Three love games in a row.

Djokovic 3-4 Ferrer
Ferrer has gone from De Niro to Mickey Blue Eyes. The Spaniard does some excellent scampering on the second point but to no avail and a couple of huge forehands then help Djokovic to 0-40 and three break points. The best forehand of the lot then follows, cross-court, and the Serb is back on serve.

Djokovic 2-4 Ferrer
Djokovic gets back on track with a love hold of his own.

Djokovic 1-4 Ferrer
Ferrer is looking as ruthless as De Niro in Goodfellas, ‘whacking’ down an ace for a love game.

Djokovic 1-3 Ferrer
Djokovic opens up with a ridiculous drop shot from behind the baseline that just sneaks over the net and he holds to 15 to get off the mark. And Robert De Niro is in the crowd, hidden under a fishing hat. Maybe he’s a big David Ferrer fan.

Djokovic 0-3 Ferrer
Ferrer is in the groove now and Djokovic is struggling to keep pace, firing one forehand way outside the tram lines.

Djokovic 0-2 Ferrer
Djokovic is under pressure after a double fault and a backhand error. Ferrer absolutely hammers a forehand moments later to get to 15-40 and two break points, and another sloppy Djokovic backhand gives up the break.

Djokovic 0-1 Ferrer
It’s another sunny, blustery day at Flushing Meadows and the Arthur Ashe Stadium is yet to fill up. The late arrivals miss some beautiful forehands that get Djokovic to 0-30 up and he soons earns the first break point of the day, but Ferrer comes up with a service winner and goes on to hold.

1714: Forget the football, ignore the rugby, the cricket’s over, and tear yourself away from the gymnastics – this is the place to be. We have two players trying to reach their first Grand Slam final.

Ferrer has a 2-1 lead in career meetings but that does not tell the whole story, as both the Spaniard’s wins came on clay and the first was in 2004 when Djokovic was just 17.

The Serb’s win came on hard courts in Indian Wells this year and he has rocketed to number three in the world, reaching the semis at the French Open and Wimbledon.

But Ferrer has been in a rich vein of form in New York, beating Rafael Nadal on his way to a first Grand Slam semi-final.

Story from BBC SPORT

Moya v Djokovic as it happened

Flushing Meadows, New York, 27 August-9 September

US Open, Flushing Meadows Quarter final result:


4-6 6-7 1-6

* denotes server

By Caroline Cheese

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-6 Djokovic
Djokovic showboats with a stunning drop-volley. Mum and Dad Djoko in the crowd love that. Moya double-faults and it’s match point and then he does it again. Horrible way to end the match but Djoko deserves the win. He’s off to face Dave Ferrer in the last four. I’m off to sleep for a week. Piers Newbery will take you through to Sunday. Enjoy…

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-5 Djokovic
A brief moment of alarm for Djokovic as a line call goes against him which would have left him facing two break points. No matter, Hawk-Eye backs him up and he’s one game away.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-4 Djokovic
The mistakes are coming thick and fast from Moya. One off each wing makes it 15-40 and another off the forehand leaves Djoko with one foot in the semis.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-3 Djokovic
Djokovic is in cruise control now, nonchalantly stroking a backhand past Moya at the net. Finishes the game with a second-serve ace. Nice.

Moya 4-6 6-7 1-2 Djokovic
Bit better from Moya, as he holds to 15, but it’s a long road back for the old man.

Moya 4-6 6-7 0-2 Djokovic
Easy hold for Djoko. I’m beginning to dream of an early night…

Moya 4-6 6-7 0-1 Djokovic
Not looking good for poor old Moya now. Djoko breaks in the first game, with Moya looking pretty downbeat.

0235: “Novak seems to be making a habit of getting into difficult situations, only to get out of them with supreme ease – he always entertains.”
Michael, London, via text on 81111

Second set

Moya 4-6 6-7 Djokovic
Finally, we have a match folks. Djoko’s up 4-2 when Moya decides to show off his volleying skills, a deft drop volley making it 4-4. Djoko seems rattled and suddenly Moya has two serves for the set. The Spaniard has a set point at 6-5 but Djoko slams down a massive second serve and a shocked Moya goes long. The Spaniard saves one set point with a big serve but he can’t do anything about the second, Djoko firing a forehand onto the baseline.

Moya 4-6 6-6 Djokovic
Tiebreak it is. The crowd suddenly come alive. Not sure why. Desperation perhaps. A few errors from Djoko allow Moya to take that game quite easily.

Moya 4-6 5-6 Djokovic
Have they settled for a tiebreak? Djoko holds to love.

Moya 4-6 5-5 Djokovic
Djoko belts a return out and Moya completes a love service game.

Moya 4-6 4-5 Djokovic
Djokovic’s forehand earns him the game, sending one out wide which Moya scrambles back and then one down the line for the winner. We appear to be meandering towards a tiebreak. The crowd are trying to get involved but it’s pretty average fare.

Moya 4-6 4-4 Djokovic
Moya makes it seven points in a row on serve as he moves into a 40-0 lead and then holds off a mini comeback from Djoko, holding to 30.

Moya 4-6 3-4 Djokovic
Moya has a little opening at 40-30 but then slaps a forehand into the net. Djoko has had much the better of this set – but needs the breakthrough.

Moya 4-6 3-3 Djokovic
Djoko chases down a drop shot and finds an impossible angle to deceive Moya. That’s 0-30. He doesn’t get any further though.

Moya 4-6 2-3 Djokovic
There he goes again. Djoko just forgets about the frustration of that last game and calmly holds serve to love. Amazing. What I would do for a bit of his level-headedness. I would have almost certainly broken a racquet after the last game. Just because I can.

0153: “This error-prone match just shows why Federer will stroll his way to the title.”
Naveed, Bradford, via text on 81111

Moya 4-6 2-2 Djokovic
Hello, Djoko seems to have woken up – and the crowd responds. The Serb earns five break points in total, with Moya relying on his serve and legendary forehand to get him out of trouble. Djoko must be gutted.

Moya 4-6 1-2 Djokovic
This is like garbage compared to the Roddick-Federer match last night. Djoko holds… bla bla bla.

Moya 4-6 1-1 Djokovic
Moya levels up. Difficult to see what Moya can do here. I’m just waiting for Djoko to start playing properly.

Moya 4-6 0-1 Djokovic
Djokovic moves ahead. Apropos of nothing, I actually managed to break my racquet while playing tennis the other day. Is it wrong that I’m quite pleased with myself?

0132: “A work party on a Thursday in September (see 0032 entry)? Christmas gets earlier each year!”
Braggers in Essex via text on 81111

First set

Moya 4-6 Djokovic
You have to admire Djoko’s spirit. He’s playing very average tennis but he seems able to just shrug off the errors. Moya saves one set point but nets on the second after becoming distracted by a Djoko backhand that looked like it would go long.

Moya 4-5 Djokovic
And Djoko responds with a quick service game. Too many errors in this match for my liking. Hasn’t caught the crowd’s imagination yet either.

0120: “Isn’t that to adapt rather than to paraphrase (see 0050 entry)? Not that late night pedantry seems like a good reason for texting either. Djokovic in four sets.”
James, Edinburgh, via text on 81111 (You’re probably right James. Caught me out trying to use big words there)

Moya 4-4 Djokovic
Moya holds for the first time without having to save break points. Great serving from the veteran.

0116: “I’ll put my head on the line: Djoko in four, first set to Moya.”
Frenchie via text on 81111

Moya 3-4 Djokovic
Djoko’s not firing on all cylinders here – but then he hasn’t really for the whole tournament. Saving himself for Fed maybe. He saves two break points.

Moya 3-3 Djokovic
Moya faces yet another break point but Djokovic rifles his backhand just into the tramlines. The Serb then plays a truly awful drop shot which hardly reaches the net and Moya escapes. The longer the Spaniard survives, the more frustrated Djoko will get. You would think.

0106: “Almost didn’t make it but true to form, Grant’s turned up for the fifth night in a row so who’s your money on Caza, sorry I mean Princess Caroline?”
Grant via text on 81111 (Well, if you’d turned up on time Grant, you’d know. Serves you right)

Moya 2-3 Djokovic
Djokovic fires a backhand down the line to make it 40-15 before Moya nets on the backhand.

0102: “Hey Caroline, feel sorry for you working while the party’s on, I think Djokovic will win but in five sets, so you could be there a lot longer!”
Zaid in Putney via text on 81111 (As long as it’s five good sets…)

Moya 2-2 Djokovic
Apparently the venue for the office party called last orders at 11pm…. shame. Moya saves one break point but on the second, Djokovic takes control of the point with his forehand and levels up.

Moya 2-1 Djokovic
Well I didn’t see that coming. Djokovic looks in command as he takes a 40-30 lead but Moya digs deep and the Serb double-faults on break point. I was about to wax lyrical about how well Djokovic is playing. Strange…

0050: “Hello Ms Cheese, I’m texting in because I like your name. Novak in five set thriller.”
Paddy from Surrey via text on 81111 (To paraphrase Oleta Adams’ 1991 hit, I don’t care why you text in, just text in if you can)

Moya 1-1 Djokovic
There’s a lot of noise in the crowd. Don’t they know this is lawn tennis? Moya saves two break points, the first with a big serve, the second with a delicate volley. Nice. The third he’s a bit lucky on though, his forehand clipping the very back edge of the line.

Moya 0-1 Djokovic
Some sweet volleying from Djoko takes him to 40-0 and he seals a love service game. A good start from the Serb.

0038: Moya has a 2-1 lead in the head-to-heads between these two – and both of those wins were this year, in Cincinnati and Hamburg. Is an upset on the cards? What do you reckon? Why not drop me a little text on 81111 . I’m going Djokovic in four. As ever, I’ve gone out on a limb there.

0032: Hello everyone. Guess what? It’s the work party tonight and who’s the mug sat in the office? That’ll be me then. Never mind. Moya and Djokovic are sure to serve up a treat to make up for it. They’re warming up as we speak.

Story from BBC SPORT

Djokovic v Monaco as it happened

US Open, Flushing Meadows Fourth round result:

N Djokovic (Ser) bt J Monaco (Arg)

7-5 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (6-8) 6-1

By Piers Newbery



Fourth set:

0045: Well, that was a bit of a struggle all round but thanks for your input. I’m off for a cup of tea but will be back for Serena v Henin, assuming I don’t fall asleep in the lift.

0037: “Djokovic has really announced himself and come onto the scene. The fans love his effort, emotion and great play.”
Jeff Tarango on 5live Sports Extra

Djokovic 6-1 Monaco
I can categorically state that Djokovic recovers from 0-30 to take the game and the win, screaming in delight as Monaco puts a backhand long. I know because I saw it.

Djokovic 5-1 Monaco
It’s all coming together people. NoDjo gets the double break and the end is in sight, as is the 24hr tea bar. And now the pictures return! The law of the sod.

0028: Leander Paes smacks a forehand return for a winner and he and Meghann Shaughnessy beat Britain’s Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber 6-7 7-6 7-6 to reach the mixed doubles final. Oh well.
Djokovic 4-1 Monaco
Well that appeared to be quite a tricky hold for Djokovic but he remains on course for victory. Murray and Huber are close to defeat in their mixed semi.

Djokovic 3-1 Monaco
Monaco holds to 15, Paes/Shaugnessy go a break up in the decider of the mixed semi. Shaugnessy and Huber appear to be having a private competition for who has the dodgiest toss.

Djokovic 3-0 Monaco
Djokovic holds convincingly, I think. I have suddenly become a huge fan of the champions tie-break thingy in doubles -we will have a result soon, one way or another.

Djokovic 2-0 Monaco
Djoko gets to 0-40 and converts his second break point – little does he know the boost he’s just given someone in Shepherds Bush. I imagine he pumped his fist or something.

Djokovic 1-0 Monaco
Djokovic holds serve after a couple of deuces but it’s all a bit of a struggle – I know how he feels. With pictures of this match well and truly beyond the capacity of anyone here to stick on the 600 channels available, I’ll continue to keep you up to speed with the score but not much detail. Still, I feel my patriotic fires burning as Murray (and Huber) get to within two points of a place in the mixed doubles final. Paes then wallops an ace past Huber, which is rather ungentlemanly. He then wins a quickfire exchange with Murray at the net and it’s one set all. Oh joy.

Third set:

Djokovic 6-7 (6-8) Monaco
A dramatic tie-break ebbs and flows, with Djokovic recovering from 5-3 down with three straight points to get a match point that Monaco saves on serve. Two points later it is set point for the Argentine and he breaks Djokovic to seal the set.

Djokovic 6-6 Monaco
After huffing and puffing a bit on serve, Djokovic goes 30-0 clear before Monaco draws level. The Serb holds firm though and it is offcially OK to say ‘tie-break’. On Grandstand, Jamie Murray grabs the break back with a thumping return in the mixed semi before the umpire gets confused over which balls they should be using. He’s quite a character.

Djokovic 5-6 Monaco
Monaco continues to look pretty solid on serve and holds to 30. If I mention ‘tie-break’ you can guarantee Djokovic will drop serve. So I won’t. Good old Meghann Shaughnessy is gamely trying to hold serve again as Murray/Huber try, in vain, to break back.

Djokovic 5-5 Monaco
Djokovic hangs on grimly from 30-30 to hold. Out on Grandstand Court, Jamie is doing a good impression of his brother with some angry outbursts, while partner Huber looks decidedly unwell. They lead by a set but trail by a break in the second.

Djokovic 4-5 Monaco
Yes, crunch time, the pressure is on, can Monaco stand the heat etc. He holds to love in about 45 seconds flat.

Djokovic 4-4 Monaco
It’s crunch time now for Monaco after Djoko levels again with a solid enough hold.

Djokovic 3-4 Monaco
Bosh. Monaco holds quickly and he is not going to be easy for NoDjo to put away. “I wouldn’t say Shaughnessy is a natural tennis player,” says Wendy Turnbull on 5live Sports Extra despite the American eventually holding serve.

Djokovic 3-3 Monaco
Djokovic holds to 30 and inches closer to victory – bet he can’t wait to get this one over, it’s been pretty punishing for only two and a half sets with both men belting the living daylights out of everything. Meanwhile, Meghann Shaughnessy is trying to hold onto her serve in an epic game in the mixed semi.

Djokovic 2-3 Monaco
Monaco holds from deuce but Murray/Huber are not faring so well as they drop serve in the second set.

Djokovic 2-2 Monaco
Sorry 606ers but that avenue of interaction is now closed for the night but thanks for all your comments. If you still feel the need to get something (tennis related) off your chest you can still text on 81111 , and after this match I’ll be back for the big one – Serena v Henin. Djokovic holds to 30 by the way.

Djokovic 1-2 Monaco
An easy hold for Monaco and Djokovic may live to regret letting that advantage slip. Then again, he may not.

Djokovic 1-1 Monaco
Yes, it’s all but over. Foolish, foolish words as Monaco breaks back to love. I know nothing. In the mixed, Huber has gone off for a medical timeout and Murray is wandering around the court doing some comedy warm-up manouvres.

Djokovic 1-0 Monaco
Djokovic is flat out on the changeover as he has treatment to his lower back before promptly getting up and earning two break points, converting the second. It’s all but over now, surely. Meanwhile, Murray/Huber take the first set against Paes/Shaughnessy and Jamie looks suitably pumped up as he sprints back to the chair.

2300: “I can’t see Monaco recovers from 2 set down. We should start getting ready for Serena-Justine match.”
From guesswho1356 on 606

Second set:

2253: “You livetext buggers are so stingey. I recall you never put any of my wimbledon comments up either!!!!”
From ObL!v!0N¿ on 606

2252: “I’d like to see Djokovic beat the stuffing out of all the big serve guys.”
From anon via text on 81111

Djokovic 7-6 (7-2) Monaco
Monaco cannot get over being broken when serving for the set and Djokovic races 5-0 clear on his way to securing a two-set lead. It’s a big advantage in what has been a desperately tight encounter.

2245: “Hello people its GRANT aka the anonymous gambler from the last 3 nights just letting u all know giving this game a miss after blakes dismal efforts.”
From Grant the (no longer) anonymous gambler via text

Djokovic 6-6 Monaco
Dramarama on Arthur Ashe – Djokovic recovers from having just dropped his serve to fashion a break point and he takes it. Tie-break time.

2242: A bizarre moment in the mixed when Huber whacks a winner but the umpire is not happy with our Jamie’s antics during the point, and he says to the crowd: “Mr Murray was a little excited during the point and you can’t do that, so he loses the point.” Eh? Is he making it up as he goes along?

Djokovic 5-6 Monaco
Djokovic is under huge pressure in a lengthy game but saves three break points before Monaco makes the breakthrough, and we could be in for a long one. Murray/Huber remain on serve in their semi-final.

2228: “Chela and Serena both underdogs, 11/10 and 2/1 respectively, whereas Moya was 4/9 on. Whose your tip for Serena v Henin then the commentator?”
From tom_arsenal on 606 (I’m going to go for Serena as it’s on a hard court but with absolutely no conviction at all)

Djokovic 5-5 Monaco
Djokovic has a set point on the Monaco serve that would give him one foot in the quarters but he cannot convert. Monaco needs three opportunites but eventually holds and the set remains in the balance.

Djokovic 5-4 Monaco
After what must almost certainly have been a succession of forehands, backhands and serves, Djokovic holds serve. Meanwhile, I am told that The Klaxons have won the Mercury Music Prize. I’m not convinced by The Klaxons but then I’m old enough to remember the 1980s.

Djokovic 4-4 Monaco
Monaco is under more pressure on serve but comes through from deuce. Murray/Huber are level at one game all. I am not liking this part of the evening.

2211: “Loving the commentary! Anyway, i put a £25 bet on a treble today, Chela, Moya and Serena Williams. Returns £220. What do you think?”
From tom_arsenal on 606 (I think you’re about to be a lot less impressed by the commentary, and that you must have put £200 on to get that back on those three)

Djokovic 4-3 Monaco
Djokovic holds to 30 to edge ahead again. Meanwhile, the world and his wife appear to be conentrating on the mixed doubles, so expect more detail about that and suspiciously less on the singles. I know it’s patriotic and Jamie’s a nice guy but it’s still mixed doubles…

Djokovic 3-3 Monaco
At deuce, Djoko looks poised to make a decisive break but in a long, long rally he cannot put Monaco away and, after netting a backhand, throws his racquet away in disgust.

2158: The 5live Sports Extra team are turning their attention to Jamie Murray and Liezel Huber in their mixed doubles semi-final against Meghann Shaughnessy and Leander Paes. I’m sticking with the singles but will keep you informed of any significant news and Jeff Tarango words of wisdom.

Djokovic 3-2 Monaco
A big return from Monaco forces Djokovic to pop up a backhand that the Argentine lines up and smacks into the corner. He goes for the same on the following point but nets it and NoDjo (?) holds.

2155: “Piers, do u intend to put on the livetext page anything written here on the 606 page. So far u have been putting out fairly silly and at times hateful text… Whats wrong with 606??”
From Maxxfoot on 606

Djokovic 2-2 Monaco
Monaco levels comfortably and it’s all a bit flat at the moment. Maybe we need some more Huey Lewis and the News.

Djokovic 2-1 Monaco
Monaco gets to 15-15 with an athletic smash – an eagle-eyed Jeff Tarango on 5live Sports Extra: “A little kid ran up six flights of stairs and dove [he means dived] to get the ball from that smash.” This time it is Monaco who earns break points at 15-40 but Djokovic saves the first with a smash of his own and the second with an ace. It’s far from easy but the third seed eventually holds, although he’s not pleased with himself.

2140: “Who calls their son Monaco? Other than Monaco’s parents that is? What’s wrong with a proper name like Colin or Derek?”
From anon via text on 81111 (Er, it’s his surname, although the match has provoked an intra-office debate about who has the cooler name – I’m with Novak Djokovic, my colleague is big on Juan Monaco. You be the judge.)

Djokovic 1-1 Monaco
The alarm bells are ringing for Monaco as he slips to 15-40 but he comes up with a big second serve and then pummels the Djokovic forehand to get back to deuce. It’s a big hold for the Argentine.

Djokovic 1-0 Monaco
Two good forehand winners and a drop shot help Djokovic to an easy hold.

2136: “Djokovic may be cocky, but sports a far better hair cut than Federer, who looks like a mix between Jimmy Saville and Gary Neville.”
From anon via text on 81111

First set:

2134: “It looks like Monaco’s adapted his game well from clay – he doesn’t have much high topspin and has figured out how to get that ball through the court a little quicker. At the end of that set he just had a complete breakdown mentally.”
Jeff Tarango on 5live Sports Extra

Djokovic 7-5 Monaco
Monaco crumbles at they key moment, a double fault taking Djokovic to 0-40 and three set points before the Serb draws his man to the net and wallops a forehand past him.

Djokovic 6-5 Monaco
A failed attempt at a drop shot sees Djokovic brought back to 40-30 but the third seed then comes up with an ace.

2126: “Tut tut. Begging for text messages how sad can u get? That’s almost as pathetic as sending one 2 someone begging for text messages.”
From LC, Newquay, via text (Quite so.)

Djokovic 5-5 Monaco
There is Hawkeye drama for both men here, with Djokovic getting to 15-30 with a correct challenge and Monaco levelling with his own successful challenge on the next. Djoko then makes an error and smashes a ball in anger, prompting some gentle booing from the crowd. Monaco holds.

2122: “Piers! Its my 1st day back to college! I’m trying to combine doing a biology project with reading your reports on Djokovic’s match! It’s too distracting!”
From Aaron, Essex, via text

2120: “Novak is a top player – no Djokovic. Pretty lame, I know.”
From anon via text (I can understand why you want to remain anonymous)

Djokovic 5-4 Monaco
Another tight game gets to 30-30 but Monaco cannot keep the pressure up and it’s a solid hold for Djokovic.

Djokovic 4-4 Monaco
Three unforced errors from Monaco hand Djokovic a break point but in another rally of heavy hitting, the Serb cracks first with a wayward forehand. Monaco then finds two service winners and it’s all square.

2111: “Djokovic has a bright future ahead of him. When Federer retires him and Nadal will fight out all the slams.”
From Dan, Worcester, via text

Djokovic 4-3 Monaco
Monaco earns two break points by winning a lengthy rally and then forces another Djokovic error to break. Didn’t see that coming. And to make matters worse for NoDjo, he now has to endure Huey Lewis and the News’s classic ‘The Power of Love’ on the stadium PA during the changeover.

2105: “Djokovic too cocky for me. Has a lot of talent but his ego is too much for me to like him.”
From anon via text on 81111 (I’ll take any text I can at the moment but can’t say I agree with you there anon. I did a rigorous six-minute interview with him at the French Open and he was nice as pie)

Djokovic 4-2 Monaco
Monaco plays a beautiful angled drop volley to move 0-15 up and goes on to hold. Meanwhile, the chat in the 5live Sports Extra commentary box has moved on to the size of Djokovic’s head, which they all agree is quite large.

Djokovic 4-1 Monaco
A fine love-service game keeps Djokovic in control, although Monaco does go for an extravagant shot through his legs – commonly known as a “hot dog”, I believe. It goes about 10 feet long.

Djokovic 3-1 Monaco
Monaco gets off the mark when Djokovic puts a backhand long. Someone please send me a text on 81111 . Go on.

Djokovic 3-0 Monaco
Monaco thumps one big forehand winner down the line which should settle him down a bit, but Djokovic holds to 30. An update from 5live Sports Extra, where Jeff Tarango is lauding the British cabbie’s ability to find obscure pubs.

2053: “This year by far has been the most successful for Monaco so far, with three titles and wins over Robredo and Davydenko. But all considered I still predict Djoko wins in straight sets.”
From guesswho1356 via text

Djokovic 2-0 Monaco
Monaco looks nervous and a couple of errors hand Djokoivc an immediate couple of break point chances. The Serb misses the first with a wild forehand but Monaco helps him out with a double fault on the next point. Shame.

Djokovic 1-0 Monaco
Not the easiest of opening games for Djokovic, who lets Monaco back in from 40-15 with a double fault and an unforced error off the ground, but he holds from deuce. Meanwhile, Jeff Tarango on 5live Sports Extra admits he is jealous of Djokovic’s thick and lustrous hair.

2040: With a moniker like Juan Monaco it is about time the Argentine made a name for himself, and now’s his chance against third seed Novak Djokovic.

Monaco, seeded 23rd, is going along very nicely at Flushing Meadows, only dropping two sets so far, but it will be far from easy getting past Djokovic.

The 20-year-old Serb holds a 1-0 record over Monaco, having swept him aside in the first round of Wimbledon in 2005.

  • Some facts: Monaco’s favourite films are Gladiator and the Lord of the Rings triology. His favourite actors are Robert de Niro and Al Pacino. And Djokovic has recently been featured in the Serbian edition of Playboy – couldn’t make out the details in Serbian but he was wearing a James Bond style tux.
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