Tag: Novak Djokovic
World number one Novak Djokovic shook off a nervy start to dispatch US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo.
While Kermode had been successful in growing the game, the ATP Player Council had decided it was time for a change.
US golfer Tiger Woods receives the comeback of the year award.
Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets in just over two hours.
Both have landed in the final in outrageous form, with second seed Nadal conceding only six games to Stefanos Tsitsipas before top seed Djokovic gave up only four to Lucas Pouille.
Djokovic will face second seed Nadal in a 53rd career meeting and eighth in the final of a Slam.
Top seed Djokovic will meet Lucas Pouille for a place in the final.
Kei Nishikori is unbeaten in 8 matches this year after winning the Brisbane International.
Djokovic will continue his bid for a hat-trick of successive Grand Slam triumphs and a record seventh title at Melbourne Park against eighth seed Kei Nishikori.
Medvedev believes the 31-year-old is not quite the player he was, even as the world number one bids for a third major title in succession.
Meanwhile, Djokovic's victory means he is guaranteed to stay world number one when the new rankings are released after the tournament.
Up till his mini-meltdown, Djokovic had made his outing on centre court look like an afternoon practice session.
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus is unseeded, but remains a threat.
Djokovic vanquished Tsonga for the 17th time in 27 tour meetings stretching back 11 years.
Djokovic will face the dangerous unseeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.
Gritty Chung held both arms aloft and looked to the sky in triumph as he converted on match point.
Both paid tribute to the former world number one on the eve of the year's first Grand Slam.
The Spaniard ground out a hard-fought victory in three sets against the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the final.
The top seed will play fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarter-finals.
The 31-year-old, who has made it clear he wants to match or better Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams, was untroubled throughout.
Croatia captain Luka Modric was named Balkan Athlete of the Year on Thursday.
Djokovic swept Wimbledon, US Open crowns, and a historic Masters sweep with an elusive victory in Cincinnati.
It is world number one Djokovic's sixth while it is Romania's top-ranked Halep's first.
The opening eight games resembled a boxing match with both players probing for weaknesses.