Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nole faces Verdasco in quarter-finals!

  No.2 seed and 2008 champion Novak Djokovic beat world no.28 Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour and 27 minutes to reach the quarter-finals at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.
  Bellucci took the lead in the first set when he broke Novak’s serve in the fifth game, but he handed Djokovic the immediate break back to 30 with consecutive forehands hit long of the baseline.
  The Brazilian was serving to stay in the set in the tenth game when Nole earned himself three set points with a stunning backhand winner down the line. Belluci saved one, but double faulted on the second and Djokovic took the first set after 42 minutes.
   Nole made a double fault before hitting a forehand long down the line to hand Bellucci an easy break in the very first game of the second set. The 22-year-old Serb earned a break point in the fourth game but the Brazilian saved it with an ace. Djokovic broke back in the sixth game to level the result to 3-3, and broke his opponent’s service once again till the end of the match to take it 6-4.

  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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Monday, April 12, 2010

Rihanna ‘kicked’ Nicki Minaj off tour

Melbourne (ANI): Barbadian singer Rihanna reportedly kicked Nicki Minaj off her tour, as she feared the rapper would “upstage” her performance.
According to Mediatakeout, Rihanna, 22, has grown increasingly worried that her popularity is starting to fade, and after learning that Minaj, 25, was joining the bill, she allegedly became very upset.

“No one (in Rihanna’s camp) is panicking yet, but there is deep concern that Rihanna has peaked, and is on the downside of her music career,” the Daily Telegraph quoted a source as saying. “Nicki (Minaj) was brought in to sell tickets, but Rihanna did not want her on,” the source said.

Rihanna reportedly used her influence to reduce Minaj’s role on the tour, causing the rap newcomer to be the opening act and be
limited in the number of songs she could perform.

“Nicki is not an opening act, and we would never put her out there like that,” a source close to her label Young Money added.

Minaj, who earlier announced that she will not be going on tour with Rihanna and Ke$ha to concentrate on her second albumvia her Twitter account, has fired her management over the incident.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Monte Carlo Masters draw revealed!

  The draw has been made for Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament on clay in 2010.
  Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has a first-round BYE. He will begin his campaign against the winner of the match between Frenchmen, world no.57 Florent Serra and world no.65 Stephane Robert.
Djokovic and Serra have played three times, Nole leads 2-1. The 22-year-old Serb and Robert haven’t met before.

  SOURCE: Novak Djokovic Official WebSite
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