Djokovic, Murray Fight for World Number One in London Final

first_img“I didn’t expect to play a long one with someone with a serve like Milos,” said Murray. “I’m tired. I’ve played so much tennis over the last few months. I’ll give it my best effort – the best of what I have.”Murray was yelling at himself and 17,000 spectators were screaming with every twist and turn before he finally prevailed in an extraordinary contest. He twice failed to serve out the match as the clock ticked past three hours in the final set, and three match points then slipped by in the tie-break.“It was an amazing atmosphere,” added Murray. “The longer the match went on, the louder the crowd got. This is what we play for. Matches like this and arenas like this. This is one of hardest matches I’ve played indoors.”Murray and Djokovic’s unprecedented clash for pole position will end with one of the old rivals finishing the year on top of the world after the Scot shattered his rival’s 122-week reign at number one earlier this month.Fittingly, they will bring the curtain down on the ATP season with both the prestigious Tour Finals title and the top spot up for grabs in today’s final at London’s O2 Arena.Murray is just one win away from capping a dream year in perfect fashion. But Djokovic can say exactly the same after the defending champion thrashed Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in the other semi.Djokovic, who has a 24-10 lead in his head to head with Murray, said: “This is one of the biggest matches we will ever play against each other. The match everybody anticipated. This has never happened in the history of tennis. I’m privileged to be part of history.“My level had been going in the right direction. Now it’s coming up to the last match of the year. I hope we get a great final.”Crucially, Murray might be on his last legs after having to survive a three-hour 39-minute epic against Raonic that ranked as the longest match in Tour Finals history — eclipsing the record mark set when Murray beat Nishikori in three hours and 20 minutes on Wednesday.While Murray’s body has been pushed to its limits this week, Djokovic has enjoyed smooth progress to the final and, unlike his opponent, the world number two will be well rested following his 67-minute demolition of Nishikori.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will fight to finish as year-end world number one in today’s final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Briton, 29, beat Milos Raonic in a gripping semi-final 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (11-9) in three hours and 38 minutes to reach his first season-ending final. Djokovic swept past Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 in his last four encounter.The winner will end the year top of the world rankings, the first time the battle for the top spot has been fought in the final match of the season.Murray’s earlier victory over Canadian fourth seed Raonic extended the Scot’s winning streak to a career-best 23 matches, stretching back to September. It was Murray’s second lengthy encounter in four days.last_img read more

Ladopoulos to hand over education torch

first_imgCharalambos Ladopoulos will be retiring from the role of Consul General for Educational Affairs to Greece, a position he has held for over three years. He will be replaced by Vasilios Gokas who will be arriving from Greece next week. Like Ladopoulos, Gokas comes from a background of primary school teaching. Ladopoulos told Neos Kosmos that he may resign from this role or take leave, he is still undecided. He did say, however, he will definitely be staying in Australia and going back to his old position of primary school teacher. “I enjoyed it very much,” said Ladopoulos of his role as Consul General for Educational Affairs to Greece. “One thing that was lacking when I started this role was a network of all teachers of Greek in Australia, something I created.” Ladopoulos said that his three-year position offered him a variety of ways to support and heighten awareness of the education of the Greek language in Australia. “This was a very interesting role and I was able to open up the position and not just make it an administrative role. He rates the community aspect of this role, and the network of people around him as the most rewarding part of his job. “I enjoyed bringing together a network of people within the community who supported the Greek language.” There are many career highlights that Ladopoulos enjoyed during his time in this role, the many discussions and the inclusion of Modern Greek in the education system. The support and increase of seconded teachers and the plan to create a network of teachers in regional schools such as Ballarat and Geelong. But of all the career highlights, he sees getting the first Greek Film Festival up-and-running for students last year, as the pinnacle. Due to the successful festival they had in 2010, it has opened the doors to make the Greek Film Festival open to the whole of Australia, and not just Victoria. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more