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Djokovic and Wawrinka sail through in Australia

Djokovic is looking to make history in Australia. Credit: Reuters

Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka wasted no time in booking their place in the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

While a record-equalling 11 seeds crashed out of the women's singles in the first round, Djokovic and Wawrinka made short work of their opening opponents in Melbourne.

Djokovic, who is seeking to become the second man in history to win five or more titles in the year's first grand slam, defeated Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-2 6-4 in an hour and 49 minutes, while Wawrinka needed just 89 minutes to dispatch Turkey's Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Novak Djokovic announces Davis Cup return

Djokovic picked up the ATP World Tour Finals trophy on Sunday. Credit: PA

Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic will return to Davis Cup action after a season's absence when he leads his country against Croatia in the first round in March, he said on Wednesday.

"Novak returns to the Serbia Davis Cup team for the first-round tie against Croatia from March 6-8," a statement on his official website read.

Djokovic, who steered Serbia to the 2010 Davis Cup title, skipped the tournament last season after Serbia fell short in the 2013 final against the Czech Republic, losing 3-2 in Belgrade despite Djokovic winning both his singles rubbers.

The 27-year old finished top of the 2014 world rankings after winning the season-ending ATP World Tour Final in London, which Switzerland's world number two Roger Federer forfeited on Sunday due to a back injury.


Dominant Djokovic breezes past Berdych

Djokovic made light work of his German opponent. Credit: PA

Less than 24 hours after Andy Murray's thrashing at the magical hands of Rodger Federer, it was Novak Dokovic's turn to administer his very own London mauling.

Djokovic ensured he finishes 2014 as world number one by dispatching Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-2 to set up a semi-final meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori at London's ATP World Tour Finals.

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."

Read: Djokovic dedicates Wimbledon win to future wife

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
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