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Novak Djokovic and girlfriend Jelena Ristic getting married after Wimbledon

Jelena Ristic Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic is headed for quite a week.

The 27-year-old Serbian tennis stud won his seventh major and second Wimbledon Sunday, and he will be celebrating something even bigger a few days later: a marriage.

Djokovic and his longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic are getting married, and Blic Online reports that the wedding is scheduled for Wednesday the 9th, just three days after the conclusion of Wimbledon.

Blic says the wedding will take place in St. Stefan Peninsula in Montenegro. The guest list reportedly includes many Serbian tennis players and other members of the tennis world, including Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Nenad Zimonjic, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova. Murray was bounced from Wimbledon in the quarterfinals and also is said to be planning a wedding in the near future.

One notable element of the upcoming wedding is that Ristic is pregnant and due in October. She’ll be 6 months pregnant at the time of their marriage.

Nole and Ristic got engaged in September after many years of dating. She has been a prominent figure traveling the tour with him and supporting him in his matches.

Even though planning a wedding can create a headache and nerves for many people, it doesn’t seem to be affecting Djokovic, who reached the finals with a four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov, and defeated Roger Federer in five to win it all.

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Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer rivalry head-to-head match history

Roger Federer Novak DjokovicNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer have both reached the finals at Wimbledon and will be facing each other Sunday to mark their 35th time playing against each other.

Djokovic is the top seed and was a favorite to win the entire tournament, so reaching the finals is no surprise. Federer, who turns 33 next month, was seeded fourth and lost in the fourth round of two of the last three majors. Making the finals is pretty impressive. The last time he reached a major final was two years ago at Wimbledon.

Based on his history against Nole and at Wimbledon, you have to give Federer a shot at winning. Roger has won more titles at Wimbledon than anywhere else and has gone 7-for-8 in the finals at the All England Club.

Let’s take a look at the head-to-head match history in this rivalry between the players.

Federer leads the series 18-16 in their 34 meetings. He has gone 6-5 against Djokovic in majors.

The last time they met was in the semifinals at Monte Carlo this year. Federer won that match 7-5, 6-2, though Djokovic had his wrist heavily taped and was playing through an injury. That was nearly three months ago, and Djokovic’s wrist seems to be fine since then.

Though they have played 34 times, the only occasion they met on grass courts came two years ago at Wimbledon when Roger won the tournament. Federer won their semifinals match in four sets pretty easily, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

One aspect of each players’ game that has been pretty notable at Wimbledon is how much they’re coming into the net. Roger isn’t a straight serve-and-volley guy, but he tends to follow that style at Wimbledon pretty often. He came into the net 32 times in his semifinal win over Milos Raonic and won a devastating 75 percent of those points. He also played mistake-free tennis and only committed 11 unforced errors. Though Roger liked coming into the net at Wimbledon anyways, you have to figure the influence of new coach Stefan Edberg, a former serve-and-volleyer, has played a role in that.

The same can be said for Djokovic, who typically plays from the baseline. Nole came into the net an absurd 47 times in his four-set win over Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals. He won 57 percent of those points, which isn’t nearly as high as Federer’s success rate at the net. His determination to come into the net in an attempt to end points early is likely due to the influence of his new coach, Boris Becker. Like Edberg, Becker came from a similar era and dominated Wimbledon with his game at the net. His influence has definitely been seen throughout the tournament.

There is a ton at stake for both players.

Federer is looking for his 18 career grand slam singles title. He’s looking for his eighth Wimbledon title, which would snap a tie with Pete Sampras and give him the sole record.

Djokovic is hoping to win his seventh grand slam singles title and second Wimbledon. He also wants to turn around his fate in the finals of grand slams; he’s lost his last three grand slam finals — two to Rafael Nadal, and one to Andy Murray.

Though Wimbledon is Federer’s tournament and he has been playing well, we’re giving Nole the edge.

Novak Djokovic smokes incredible return on match point to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Video)

Novak Djokovic hit an absolute rocket of a return on match point at Wimbledon Monday to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their fourth-round match, and he celebrated like a total boss.

Djokovic was leading 6-5 in a third-set tiebreak with Tsonga serving at ad court. Tsonga stretched Nole out wide with a serve that kicked up to the backhand, and Djokovic reached for it and shot an absolute laser cross-court for the winner. Djokovic then stood with his arms out wide in an Incredible Hulk type pose as he celebrated his victory, but his celebration was premature.

Novak Djokovic celebration

One of the linesmen called the ball in but was overruled by the chair umpire, who called it out. Believing that his shot hit the line, Djokovic challenged. The Hawkeye replay showed the shot clearly caught the line, allowing Nole to celebrate his straight sets victory.

Djokovic will face Marin Cilic in the quarterfinals and appears to be headed for a clash with Andy Murray in the semis. That backhand return is just another reminder of what makes Nole one of the best returners in the game and one of the best since Andre Agassi.

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Novak Djokovic avoids serious shoulder injury after scare following dive (Video)

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Novak Djokovic was worried he had dislocated his shoulder after landing on it while diving for a ball during his third round match at Wimbledon Friday, but luckily he avoided any serious injury.

Djokovic was up two sets and leading 3-2 in the third set when he was wrong-footed by Gilles Simon and slipped trying to reverse direction while going for the ball. Instead of letting the ball go for a winner, Djokovic tried to dive for it to make the save. He ended up hurting his left shoulder in the process, but everything turned out to be fine.

Djokovic recovered to win the third 6-4 and won the match in straight sets. He even was joking in his post-match news conference.

“Talked with Boris and we obviously need to work on my diving volleys and learning how to fall down,” Djokovic joked of his coach who was famous for diving for volleys at Wimbledon. “I’m not very skillful in that, so I tried to land on my left arm, so I basically had a strong impact on the shoulder. When I stood up, I felt that clay court pop or whatever you call it. I feared that it might be a dislocated shoulder or something like that.

“But no damage significant that can cause big problems. I just came from the doctor’s office and ultrasound, and it’s all looking good.”

That’s great news for Nole. The not so good news is that he has a challenge in the fourth round in the form of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. That guy is always dangerous.

Video of the play is below:

Novak Djokovic concedes point to Radek Stepanek after challenge instead of replaying (Video)

Novak Djokovic had an impressive show of sportsmanship during his second-round match against Radek Stepanek at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Djokovic had the advantage and was serving to go up 6-5 in the fourth set of their match. Stepanek hit a shot that clipped the baseline, and Djokovic returned it into the net. Stepanek’s shot was called out, so he requested a challenge.

The challenge showed that the ball touched the line and was therefore in, so the chair umpire wanted the two to replay the point. Stepanek thought he should get credit for the point since Djokovic’s return went into the net, but the umpire’s judgment would dictate a full replay since Djokovic’s return could theoretically have been influenced by the out call.
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Instead of replaying the point, Djokovic conceded it to Stepanek. Nole went on to win the set 7-6 in a tiebreak to capture the match.

He and Stepanek are good friends off the court and even practiced with each other a week earlier. Stepanek sent this tweet hours after losing:

Their friendship probably was a big reason why Djokovic decided to concede the point. At least he was rewarded for his good sportsmanship.

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Novak Djokovic gets cozy with ballboy during rain delay (Video)

Novak Djokovic is known for his sense of humor and for keeping it loose on the court, even when he’s in the middle of important tournaments. Take for instance what happened on Monday.

Djokovic was playing a first-round match at the French Open against Joao Sousa. He was leading 6-1, 5-2 when there was a rain delay in the second set.

While the rain halted play, Djokovic decided to loosen things up by inviting a ballboy to come sit down next to him and share a brief chat and beverage. Nole put his arm around the kid at first for a laugh, and they even clinked their bottles together. Typical Djokovic type of stuff.

Nole won the match 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the second round, and he made a new friend in the process.

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Novak Djokovic and girlfriend Jelena Ristic expecting first baby

Jelena Ristic Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic announced some big news on Thursday — he and longtime girlfriend/fiancee Jelena Ristic are expecting their first baby.

Nole announced the news via Twitter:

Djokovic and Ristic have been dating for several years and got engaged in September.

Nole turns 27 in May, is currently ranked No. 2 in the world, and he has won six majors. And now he’s getting married and expecting his first child. Things sure do appear to be coming together nicely for him.