DJOKOVIC MORE TITLES WHERE THAT CAME FROM:
WORLD champion Marco Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa for a Repsol Honda 1- 2 at the German Moto Grand Prix yesterday, claiming his sixth straight in as many visits at the Sachsenring.
Marquez crossed the line in 41min 1.087sec to maintain his run of German victories, all from pole position, after wins in MotoGP ( 2013, 2014), Moto2 ( 2011, 2012) and 125cc ( 2010).
It was the Spaniard’s second victory of the season.
Italian nine- time world champion Valentino Rossi finished third, 5.608sec behind, to stretch his lead atop the MotoGP standings to 13 points over Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, at fourth. AN embarrassed Tennis Australia has apologised for a “typo” that said controversial star Bernard Tomic is due to play at the “Hall of Shame Tennis Championships”.
Ten days after Tomic was stood down from this week’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan for his explosive attack on TA officials, the organisation sent out the unflattering description of his upcoming tournament in Newport, Rhode Island when listing his first- round match- up against countryman John- Patrick Smith.
TA then followed up with an explanation which described the blunder as a “simple clerical error”. “Tennis Australia sincerely apologises,” it said.
NOVAK Djokovic vowed there were more Grand Slam titles to come after he clinched a third Wimbledon and ninth career major on Sunday.
After seeing off Roger Federer for the second year in succession at the All England Club, the world No. 1 moved ahead of Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rosewall, who all won eight Grand Slams.
He now stands five behind the 14 captured by Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras, although the record of 17 held by Federer may prove too distant an obstacle. Djokovic is only 28 so has time on his side, especially as Federer is still a contender even at 33.
“I think there is no reason not to be satisfied with what I have achieved,’’ he said.
“If you would have asked me as a 14- year- old back in Serbia trying to find my way, that this is how I’m going to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away. I’m 28. I feel good. I don’t feel old.
“I have hopefully many more years in front of me.
I’m going to try to push my own limits and see how far I can go really with titles and with myself playing on this high level.”
Eight of Djokovic’s nine Grand Slam wins have come since January 2011. But he is also fired up by having lost eight finals at the majors, three of them at the French Open in the last four years as Roland Garros continues to frustrate him.
“There were a couple of Grand Slam finals that I think I could have won,” Djokovic said.
“But, again, having said that, everything happens for a reason.
“I try to learn from every experience, especially the ones that don’t end up victorious for me. I’m going to keep going.”
Victory on Sunday took Djokovic’s record in 2015 to six titles – the Australian Open, Masters events at Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome and now a third Wimbledon in four years. His match record is a remarkable 48 wins against just three defeats.
The most recent loss was to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open and Djokovic said he was relieved Wimbledon came along so quickly to help him ease his misery. “I’m just glad I managed to make it,” he said.
STILL YOUNG: Novak Djokovic celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the men's singles against Roger Federer at Wimbledon.