When Novak Djokovic introduced his girlfriend Jelena as 'Miss Universe of 2006'

When Novak Djokovic introduced his girlfriend Jelena as ‘Miss Universe of 2006’

Novak Djokovic competed at his second Masters Cup in 2008 in Shanghai. Novak beat Juan Martin del Potro and Nikolay Davydenko to secure the semi-final berth. In the last round-robin encounter, Novak lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 39 minutes, suffering his third loss to the Frenchman on an indoor court that fall.

Seeking the first victory of the competition, the Frenchman raised his level in the second set. He fired 32 winners and 26 unforced errors to overpower Djokovic with three breaks of serve and better performance in the decider.

Novak held in the opening game with a smash winner and made an instant break in game two for an early advantage. World no. 3 saved a break point in the third game with an ace and fired an unreturned serve to open a 3-0 gap. The Serb unleashed another powerful serve in game five to maintain the advantage.

He broke again in game six and closed the opener with a backhand down the line winner at 5-1 after swift 25 minutes.

Novak Djokovic won the Masters Cup 2008, with his girlfriend Jelena supporting him.

In one of the pivotal moments, Tsonga defended two break chances at 2-2 in set number two and brought the game home with an ace for a massive boost.

Experiencing no troubles on serve so far, Novak played a terrible service game at 5-6 to suffer a break and hand the set to his opponent. Losing ground completely, Djokovic suffered a break in the final set’s second game and squandered a break chance in the next one to find himself 3-0 down.

Jo-Wilfried broke at love at 4-1 with a forehand winner and sealed the deal with a lob winner in the next one, rattling off the last nine points to cross the finish line in style. Asked about a girl in his box, Novak joked and introduced his future wife Jelena as a Miss Universe of 2006.

“Tsonga defeated me three times in a row because he was a better player. My main goal was to reach the semi-final, and I’m happy to achieve that. I wanted to win this one, but he played at a high level , especially in the third.

Also, I made some unforced errors. I have to remain positive despite the loss, as I played good tennis for a set and a half. Tsonga defended a couple of break chances and gained momentum. He had bigger support than me, and I do not blame the crowd; he is an exciting player to watch and very emotional.

I’m now turning my focus to the semi-final. The girl who sat beside my coach was a Miss Universe of 2006,” Novak Djokovic said.

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