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Djokovic on equal pay: Up to men to fight for more

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has told ITV news it's up to the men in tennis to "fight" for the wages they deserve.

ITV news sports correspondent Ian Payne asked Djokovic if women should earn the same prize money as their counterparts - even though they play less sets.

The Serbian who has won Wimbledon twice, acknowledged it was a "sensitive subject."

He added: "Women go through different emotions which you cannot compare to men because they have different bodies.

"It's more a question for us in men's tennis and our associations and fighting for what we deserve. That's where the focus should be."

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Murray and Djokovic crash out of Open in Cincinnati

Andy Murray hits a return ball to Czech player Tomas Berdych. Credit: REUTERS/John Sommers II

Both Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were sent packing in their quarter-final matches at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati today.

Defending US Open champion Murray started strongly but faded before crashing to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat against Czech player Tomas Berdych.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was beaten by home favourite John Isner. Credit: REUTERS/John Sommers II

World No. 1 Djokovic had the chance to make history this week by becoming the first player to win all nine Masters titles.

However, his hopes of completing the set in Cincinnati were dashed after home favourite John Isner came through 7-6 (7/5), 3-6, 7-5.


Djokovic finds home for rescue dog after Twitter plea

Novak Djokovic and Jelena Ristic play with their poodle, Pierre, and the now rehoused Goldendoodle Bella. Credit: John Phillips/PA Wire

An abandoned rescue dog has been rehoused after tennis ace Novak Djokovic took to Twitter to find a new home for the canine.

The Serbian player launched a campaign with his girlfriend Jelena Ristic to place the goldendoodle - a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle - with new owners.

The world number one, who today booked his place in the Wimbledon men's semi finals, tweeted: "My friends from Dogs Trust came to see me and brought along play-date for (my poodle) Pierre. ... Jelena and I named her Bella because she is so beautiful and white (in Serbian white is Bela too)."

He added: "So I committed to help them find her new family... Let's find her home! Everyone deserves to have a family!"

Bella was soon snapped up by a dog-loving family in Kent.

Murray: 'US Open win made me mentally stronger'

When you lose the fourth set having served for it, maybe 18 months ago I wouldn't have come back from that so I think mentally I've probably become stronger because of the results at the end of last year.

I don't think loads has changed in my game, I just think understanding what I need to do in the important moments.

I'm sure if I get myself into the position to win I'm sure it will maybe be easier to win than the US open or Wimbledon last year.

But to get into that position I am going to have to play an unbelievable match and recover well as this was a long, long match.

– Andy Murray


Djokovic suffers injury scare in autograph signing mishap

Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic suffered an injury scare at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, when the Serb hurt his leg as fans pushed towards him while he signed autographs.

Djokovic had wrapped up a victory over Italian Andreas Seppi when a barrier holding back autograph hunters collapsed onto his knee.

The Serb left his racquets and bag on the court and limped straight up the players tunnel to receive a medical assessment in the changing room.

Djokovic was unable to complete a television interview he had agreed to after his victory over Seppi, but recovered enough to take part in the concluding doubles match won by the Italians 7-6, 6-4.

The Australian Open, where Djokovic is defending champion, begins on January 14th.

Djokovic and Sharapova top seeds for Wimbledon

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and French Open winner Maria Sharapova were named as top seeds for Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.

Maria Sharapova will be the top seed at Wimbledon this year. Credit: REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

In the men's side, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray completed the top four while defending women's champion Petra Kvitova was seeded forth. Serena Williams was seeded sixth but her sister Venus, five-time champion, is unseeded.

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