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World number one Djokovic 'feels' for Sharapova

World number one Novak Djokovic has given his support to Maria Sharapova and said he hopes she "gets out of this stronger".

Djokovic is the world number one. Credit: PA

Women's tennis' most bankable star made the stunning announcement on Monday that she had failed a drug test for meldonium at the Australian Open.

Djokovic and Sharapova share a racquet sponsor and Djokovic has famously done impressions of the Russian on court.

He told TMZ.com: "I obviously wish her all the best. I've known her for a long time. I feel for her with all that's happening and I just hope she gets out of this stronger."

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Djokovic outclasses Federer to reach final

Novak Djokovic produced tennis Roger Federer would have been proud of in his prime as the world number one outclassed the Swiss master again to reach his sixth Australian Open final.

Djokovic celebrates beating Federer Credit: PA

Djokovic blew Federer away during two stunning opening sets on Rod Laver Arena and while the 34-year-old recovered to snatch the third, it proved only a consolation as the Serb won a pulsating contest 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3.

It means Djokovic now leads the pair's head-to-head for the first time 23-22 and he goes through to meet either Britain's Andy Murray or Canadian Milos Raonic in Sunday's final.

Djokovic had given his rivals hope after two lacklustre displays against Gilles Simon and Kei Nishikori but the top seed was back to his very best here and will now be strong favourite to clinch his 11th major crown.

For Federer, his wait for an 18th continues and despite playing brilliantly against the rest of the field, it may never end while he keeps running into Djokovic, who has now won their last four grand slam meetings.

"Definitely I played unbelievable first two sets but that's what's necessary against Roger," Djokovic said.

"He's been playing at a very high level, he had dropped only one set and I knew he'd be aggressive, mix up the pace and come to the net.

"I came out with the right intensity, great concentration and executed everything perfectly. A two-set lead is more comfortable but it was a battle in the end."

Djokovic reveals he was offered £140,000 to throw match

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic has revealed he was offered £140,000 to throw a match in 2007 as the sport faces fresh allegations of elite match-fixing over the past decade.

Djokovic said "people that were working with me at the time" were approached with a $200,000 (£140,000) offer for him to deliberately lose a match at a tournament in St Petersburg.

Novak Djokovic said match-fixing went beyond unsportsmanship and must be regarded as a 'crime'. Credit: Reuters

"Of course, we threw it away right away," the Serbian told reporters on the day he began his defence of the Australian Open. "It made me feel terrible."

Responding directly to the latest allegations, Djokovic suggested the alleged widespread fixing concerned matches "almost 10 years ago" and players "who are not active any more" despite claims one top-50 player suspected of fixing is competing in the Australian Open.

The 10-time grand slam winner said the sport had "evolved" and "upgraded our programmes and authorities to deal with these particular cases", adding: "I don’t think the shadow is cast over our sport."

Djokovic beats Murray again to win Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray for the 10th time in their last 11 meetings to lift the Paris Masters title once again.

A 6-2 6-4 victory for the world number one gave him his third successive trophy in Paris and earned him a 10th title of a remarkable season.

Djokovic was playing in his 14th consecutive final - a record for a single season - and now has 22 straight wins having not lost since the final in Cincinnati in August.

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Murray faces Djokovic in Montreal final

Andy Murray in action in Montreal. Credit: PA

British number one Andy Murray and world number one Novak Djokovic are set to do battle again in Montreal.

The pair will renew their rivalry when they contest the final of the Rogers Cup on Sunday after coming through their respective semi-finals comfortably.

Many expected Murray to have a long drawn out contest with Japan's Kei Nishikori, but that never materialised as the world number four wilted after an early flourish in just an hour and five minutes.

Murray went on to seal the first set 6-3 and then he blitzed Nishikori off the court 6-0 in the second to set up the clash with Djokovic, who has beaten him on each of their last eight meetings.

Djokovic had earlier put himself closer to a fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of the year after cruising past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-4.

Djokovic wins Wimbledon title in four sets

Novak Djokovic is champion. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic dashed Roger Federer's hopes of winning a record eighth Wimbledon crown as the Serb ripped up the script to defend his title at the All England Club.

Federer's form had suggested he was capable of clinching his first grand slam success since 2012 but Djokovic ousted the Swiss for the second year running to win 7-6 (7/1) 6-7 (10/12) 6-4 6-3.

A stunning second-set tie-break went Federer's way on Centre Court but Djokovic was irresistible thereafter, sealing his ninth major triumph, which now includes three at Wimbledon.

Djokovic wins first set tie-break against Gasquet

Djokovic has taken the opening set. Credit: Reuters

World number one Novak Djokovic has won the first set of his Wimbledon semi-final against Richard Gasquet following a convincing tie-break.

The Serbian clinched the tie-break 7-2 after both men broke early on in an absorbing opening set.

Defending champion Djokovic is hoping to complete a hat-tick of titles at SW19 after victories here in 2011 and 2014.

The winner of today's match will play Andy Murray or Roger Federer, who play each other next on Centre Court, in Sunday's final.

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