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Thursday 2 October 2014

Tennis: Djokovic's blushes spared by Serbian heroine Ivanovic

Published 03/01/2013 | 05:00

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Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia share a laugh against Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty of Australia during their mixed doubles match. Photo: Reuters
Ana Ivanovic in action at the Hopman Cup tennis tournament. Photo: Reuters

Serbia needed a champions tie-break in the deciding mixed doubles rubber to beat Australia after Novak Djokovic suffered a surprise defeat to Bernard Tomic in the Hopman Cup in Perth.

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Djokovic lost in straight sets to Tomic and Serbia had to rely on Ana Ivanovic to beat Ashleigh Barty before edging to a 2-1 win in a tight mixed doubles rubber.

Tomic never really looked in trouble against the world No 1 and an upset in Group A looked on the cards. But Ivanovic made short work of her young opponent and eased to a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Meanwhile, Nikolay Davydenko has reached the Qatar Open quarter-finals by beating fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-3.

Davydenko, ranked 44th in the world, has struggled in recent years with injury, but is targeting a place in the top 20 this year.

Irish Independent

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