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Djokovic defeats Puerta 6-3 7-6 (11-9)

jackieglover
11-01-2005, 05:20 PM
Good win for Djokovic :yeah: Saving 6 set points in the 2nd set tiebreaker.

Natasha250688
11-01-2005, 05:20 PM
:worship: :bounce:

GonzoFan
11-01-2005, 05:21 PM
:woohoo:
Great win Djokovic! :yeah:

Duleml
11-01-2005, 05:22 PM
finally a good win! well done Nole

jtipson
11-01-2005, 05:23 PM
The ATP must be very relieved about that, although he still might get to go as an alternate....

Action Jackson
11-01-2005, 05:24 PM
Good win Nole and well fought, handled the tough situation well to come back from losing his serve when serving for the match.

+alonso
11-01-2005, 05:24 PM
:worship: Both

*Ljubica*
11-01-2005, 05:24 PM
I am really sad for Mariano - but congrats to Novak too. Just a shame I got home from work to find our TV were showing Dent/Grosjean instead of this match - the tie-break seemed great on the live-scoreboard - would have been even better had I been able to watch it :rolleyes:

Scotso
11-01-2005, 05:24 PM
Novak :bounce:

TheBoiledEgg
11-01-2005, 05:25 PM
brilliant :D :)

Novak :yeah:
one less lame duck in the Masters

ys
11-01-2005, 05:26 PM
It must have been the last professional match of Mr. Puerta.

silverwhite
11-01-2005, 05:28 PM
Novak :banana:

prima donna
11-01-2005, 05:35 PM
Djokovic makes a fool of the juicehead. :bowdown:

Angle Queen
11-01-2005, 05:38 PM
Nice win for Nole.

Way to make my girl Jess a happy camper. :toothy:

adee-gee
11-01-2005, 05:39 PM
Djokester :yeah: I predicted him to win the tournament as a joke at the start of the week. Clement next, very winnable :p

Phunkadelicious
11-01-2005, 05:43 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Denaon
11-01-2005, 05:49 PM
:awww: it seems Mariano gave a good fight at least :yeah:

DhammaTiger
11-01-2005, 05:53 PM
Sad for Mariano but well played Novak. Have a well desrved rest Mariano and see you next year. i am sure Djokovic will go far in the tournament, and I am sure next year he will be in the top twenty.

savesthedizzle
11-01-2005, 05:53 PM
Nice win for Nole.

Way to make my girl Jess a happy camper. :toothy:


:yeah:

I was petrified during the tiebreak though. He couldn't have just held his serve when it was 5-4... nooooo he had to send it to a tb. :lol:

Good job Novak, even though you kill me sometimes... good luck against Robredo/Clement!

Deivid23
11-01-2005, 05:58 PM
Cool head :yeah:

Aleksa's Laydee
11-01-2005, 06:00 PM
excellent..one less name to put in the TMC hat :D

Deea
11-01-2005, 06:00 PM
Good job Nole! Great win! wonderful match! :yeah: Keep it up!

Neely
11-01-2005, 06:04 PM
Good for Djokovic, but I find it very amazing that Puerta is still playing and trying to win :worship: I can imagine his current situation is not the easiest, especially playing in a country and in the city of his biggest success where at the same time a certain newspaper is located that caused him lots of troubles and probably made him not only fans...

Frederick16
11-01-2005, 06:10 PM
not even a surprising result i think. puerta indoors... but great of Novak. up to the top 30 next year!

Aphex
11-01-2005, 06:11 PM
:shrug:

adee-gee
11-01-2005, 06:15 PM
:shrug:
Problem?

Aphex
11-01-2005, 06:16 PM
I like neither.

adee-gee
11-01-2005, 06:29 PM
I like neither.
Splendid.

Aphex
11-01-2005, 06:35 PM
Splendid.
:lol: :wavey:

revolution
11-01-2005, 06:41 PM
Well done Djoko, and I'm over the moon for Jess! :woohoo:

Notice the lack of evanzo on these boards after this.

savesthedizzle
11-01-2005, 06:41 PM
Well done Djoko, and I'm over the moon for Jess! :woohoo:

Notice the lack of evanzo on these boards after this.


I heard a rumor he was banned :sad:

Chloe le Bopper
11-01-2005, 06:46 PM
I hope that evanzo wasn't banned. He's hawt.

Billabong
11-01-2005, 07:12 PM
Novak:yeah: Well done man:banana:

Havok
11-01-2005, 07:28 PM
:D Nice win, do some damage now Novak!

adee-gee
11-01-2005, 07:31 PM
I heard a rumor he was banned :sad:
Has the news taken some of the shine of the Djokester's win?

musefanatic
11-01-2005, 07:47 PM
Well done Djokovic! What a win. I think that Puerta has gone off the boil since the recent allegations which is a shame really.

kundalini
11-01-2005, 07:47 PM
Good win for Novak.

RogerRocks
11-01-2005, 07:55 PM
I'm very :D for novak

KCVH
11-01-2005, 09:53 PM
Well done :)

Domino
11-01-2005, 11:17 PM
I hope that evanzo wasn't banned. He's hawt.

Unfortunately, I just checked, and you cannot rep Evanzo anymore. Shame, it would have been fun to argue with him again.

Great job Nole. Keep it up, and get your revenge :devil:

Flibbertigibbet
11-01-2005, 11:46 PM
Djokovic and Santoro are my last remaining favorites in the draw, so I hope they can go as far as possible... Congratulations to Novak.

vincayou
11-02-2005, 12:13 AM
Why did they ban evanzo? Everybody has the right to have a stupid opinion.

delsa
11-02-2005, 01:46 AM
I couldn't see this match eventually. :sad: Only 3 games of it...I left for the central court after Verdasco vs. Lapentti.

WD Nole! :worship:
Good effort Puerta! :yeah:

I didn't know he entered the court wearing a black mask! :eek: :silly:

Djokovic shatters Puerta's Masters Cup hopes
By Patrick Vignal
Tue Nov 1, 2:17 PM ET

PARIS (Reuters) - Teenage qualifier Novak Djokovic ruined Mariano Puerta's hopes of making the year-end Masters Cup when he upset the fourth seed 6-3 7-6 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Tuesday.

Argentine Puerta needed to reach the final of the indoor tournament to stand a chance of claiming a spot at the eight-strong season finale from November 13 in Shanghai.

On a bad day for Argentine tennis, second seed Guillermo Coria also disappeared from the lucrative event, brushed aside 6-4 6-2 by Czech Tomas Berdych.

Coria, who would have secured a Masters Cup berth with a victory, looked clumsy and made a string of unforced errors.

The Argentine can still win a ticket to Shanghai but his fate depends on how the other seven contenders still in the draw will fare in Paris.

The 18-year-old Djokovic, ranked 85th in the world, delighted the fans in the high-tech Bercy hall with some exciting tennis and showed composure to win the second set's tie break 11-9.

"He's a future champion," Puerta said of the talented youngster from Serbia and Montenegro. "The next time he comes to Bercy, he will be in the top 30, I'm sure."

Puerta was returning to Paris for the first time since he reached the French Open final last June.

BLACK MASK

He said he never hesitated to come to the French capital despite a report by French sports daily L'Equipe that he had tested positive for a banned substance during the French Open.

"I wanted to be here," said Puerta, who has denied any wrongdoing. "I've had a great year and I worked very hard."

Djokovic entered the outside court where the match was played wearing a black mask on his eyes and said afterwards it was a reference to Halloween.

"He's young," Puerta said when asked about it. "I thought it was quite funny."

Unlike Puerta and Coria, Russia's Nikolay Davydenko stayed on course for a Masters Cup slot, crushing former champion Greg Rusedski 6-2 6-2.

Davydenko, seeded third, needed only 59 minutes to move past Rusedski, who won the indoor tournament in 1998 and would have made sure of ending the season as the British number one ahead of Tim Henman had he won.

"I really felt I couldn't get through him at all today and I didn't feel like I played as well as I could," said Rusedski, who will have one last chance to overtake Henman when he plays a second-tier challenger tournament in Ukraine.

A semi-finalist at this year's French Open, Davydenko sits in seventh place in the ATP Champions race and will qualify for Shanghai if he can hold on to that spot.


Coria and Puerta suffer more Paris misery
Tue Nov 1, 5:14 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - Argentine duo Guillermo Coria and Mariano Puerta, beaten Roland Garros finalists in 2004 and 2005, endured another dose of French misery on Tuesday when they crashed out of the Paris Masters.

Coria, the second seed, lost 6-4, 6-2 to the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych to put a dent in his hopes of making the Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Puerta, the fourth seed, playing in the French capital for the first time since being accused of failing a drugs test at the French Open, was beaten 6-3, 7-6 (11/9) by Serbian qualifier Novak Djokovic.

The 27-year-old, who denies newspaper allegations that he tested positive for the stimulant etilifrine, saw his slim hopes of making the trip to China crushed by the 18-year-old Djokovic.

Puerta faces a life ban if the doping allegations are substantiated having already served a nine-month drugs ban in 2003 but he said he had no fears over returning to Paris.

"I wasn't nervous at all. The crowd were great and when I stepped on court I felt I was being supported. They were yelling. I love the crowd here."

The Argentine was full of praise for his teenage opponent who theatrically donned a black Zorro mask at the end of the match to celebrate his win.

"I believe he will be champion one day. He's young and he plays so well. I noticed the mask. I think it's good for tennis. He lives his tennis in a very happy way."

A win for the 23-year-old Coria, the world number seven, would have guaranteed him a place in the eight-man field at the 4.45-million-dollar Masters Cup next month.

But he was comprehensively outplayed by the 20-year-old Czech, the man who last year knocked Roger Federer out of the Olympics.

While Berdych goes on to face either Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero or Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland for a place in the last eight, Coria must wait to see how a host of rivals for China fare here.

World number one Federer, Rafael Nadal, the number two, as well as Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Marat Safin have already qualified for the Masters Cup.

However, Safin, the Australian Open winner, is expected to skip the China showpiece having only recently recovered from knee surgery.

Russian third seed Nikolay Davydenko boosted his chances of playing in Shanghai, with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain's Greg Rusedski, the 1998 Paris champion.

Despite his defeat, Rusedski was still upbeat after revealing he and his wife Lucy are expecting their first child in January.

Davydenko next faces compatriot Dmitry Tursunov, a qualifier, who put out Croatian 15th seed Mario Ancic 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), for a quarter-final place. Roddick, the top seed here, opens his campaign for a sixth title of 2005 on Wednesday when he meets American compatriot Taylor Dent who put out France's 2001 champion Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 7-6 (7/4).

"I got stiffed a little bit on the draw," said Dent.

"But it happens. These are the toughest tournaments in the world and you are not going to get an easy match. I will try and play solid tennis and give him a run for his money."

Two French wildcards made the second round Tuesday.

Arnaud Clement beat Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (8/6) while Fabrice Santoro also needed three sets to see off Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Clement who now faces Spain's Tommy Robredo while Santoro takes on Gaston Gaudio of Argentina.

jole
11-02-2005, 01:53 AM
I couldn't see this match eventually. :sad: Only 3 games of it...I left for the central court after Verdasco vs. Lapentti.

WD Nole! :worship:
Good effort Puerta! :yeah:

I didn't know he entered the court wearing a black mask! :eek: :silly:

Thanks for the articles! That is too cool about Novak and his mask. :p

Scotso
11-02-2005, 02:01 AM
lol @ Novak's mask :D

savesthedizzle
11-02-2005, 03:27 AM
Novak wore a mask? WTF I wonder about that boy more and more every day.

savesthedizzle
11-02-2005, 03:29 AM
BTW If anyone finds me pictures of him in this mask, or was there today and took some, I will heart you forever!! This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I have EVER heard.

Deivid23
11-02-2005, 07:31 AM
"He's a future champion," Puerta said of the talented youngster from Serbia and Montenegro. "The next time he comes to Bercy, he will be in the top 30, I'm sure."

:yeah:

Djokovic entered the outside court where the match was played wearing a black mask on his eyes and said afterwards it was a reference to Halloween.

:haha:

lorenz
11-02-2005, 03:03 PM
I'm sorry for Mariano.

:sad:

jackieglover
11-02-2005, 03:03 PM
Djokovic entered the outside court where the match was played wearing a black mask on his eyes and said afterwards it was a reference to Halloween.

:haha:

Anybody got a picture?

Dexter_1986
11-02-2005, 05:23 PM
Novak :banana:

njnetswill
11-03-2005, 04:11 AM
Serbs celebrate Halloween? :confused:

Djokovic :clap2:

Chloe le Bopper
11-03-2005, 04:36 AM
anymore pics?

liptea
11-03-2005, 04:41 AM
I always knew Novak was a winner.