that painting is brill

Upper right corner, my friends. Nole posing next to his Pacific Life Open trophy. Amazing.

(God, how we miss that whale.)

This photo was taken during the ceremony held at this week’s Serbia Open in Belgrade to hand diplomatic passports to Ana Jovanovic, Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki, and Novak Djokovic.

“I am honored to promote to diplomatic service people who have contributed to the popularity of Serbia in the world,” said Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. “There is not a single country in the world which wouldn’t be honored to have you as ambassadors.”

More: See the whole story at the Serbia Open site and the full gallery here.

(img by Pedja Milosavljevic via serbiaopen.rs)

do not sit idly, berdych

It looks like the Serbians really want to get to the Davis Cup final. As if having 2010 US Open finalist Novak Djokovic on their roster isn’t enough, they brought the Langoliers along to nip at the Czech team’s heels.

Tie: Most of the Belgrade Arena (capacity: 16,842) will probably root for the home team. Nole and Radek Stepanek are up first; Janko Tipsarevic and Tomas Berdych will follow. Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki will play Jan Hajek and Ivo Minar in the doubles rubber, and the singles players will switch opponents. More info here.

(image via daviscup.com)

davis cup: mostly quiet on the eastern front

The boisterous crowd who came to cheer the Croatian Davis Cuppers at the Spaladium Arena in Split could not boost their home team past the more experienced Serbian posse at this weekend’s Davis Cup quarterfinal tie. The decisive 4-1 rout puts the team of Djokovic, Tipsarevic, Troicki, and Zimonjic in the semifinals — a first for their country in Davis Cup history. (Scoreline: Tie details)

Still, props to Marin Cilic for wearing his checkered Fila tee and notching the one “W” for Croatia (the second singles rubber, against Troicki). The lanky 21-year-old was gracious in his post-match presser, picking Nole and his team to the take the Cup this year.

The Serbs — pampered in their digs — showed up in a variety of kits all showcasing their country’s colors. Nole picked a solid red polo from Sergio Tacchini while Nenad opted for a more playful version in Lacoste. Troicki sprinkled some blue in his Los tee while Janko and his bangs stayed safe with Fila. On the Croatian side, Ljubicic and Dodig‘s Li Ning kits were both as uninspired as their play.

(images via Getty Images)

davis cup: the boys in red win for serbia

All four guys on the Serbian Davis Cup team — Nole, Nenad Zimonjic, Viktor Troicki, and Janko Tipsarevic — did their part to win their World Group playoff tie against Slovakia this weekend. (And everyone managed to keep their clothes on, unlike last year’s peep show!)

Djokovic wore a red adidas polo while taking out Dominik Hrbaty 6-2, 6-4, 6-3.

And blue-spectacled Janko, in Fila, had to work for his five-setter against Lukas Lacko. The score: 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 8-6. That win must feel good, especially in light of how Janko’s ankle has sidelined him in some late summer tournaments.

For the clincher, Zimonjic (Nike) and Troicki (Diadora) beat Filip Polasek and Michal Mertinak in four tough sets: 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5).

More Janko pics: Just because we can never get enough…

fashion focus: adidas dresses nole

djokovic-daviscup-spr08.jpg

The guys in the adidas stable normally get the short end of the fashion stick, but Novak Djokovic got some special attention with this red version of Spring’s Competition 5 Traditional Polo. Nole wore it playing doubles with Nenad Zimonjic in the Davis Cup tie against Russia this weekend.

Scoreline: The ailing Serbian team needed over two hours to overcome the Russian duo of Mikhail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5). Both Nole and Janko Tipsarevic might play tomorrow’s reverse singles. (See full results here.)

Buy: adidas Competition 5 Traditional Polo, $41.99, available in four colorways — none of them in Serbian colors, unfortch — at TW)

RELATED POSTS
>> TSF’s davis cup coverage
>> the gift of bespoke + stars ailing in moscow
>> a closer look at bosco sport
>> moscow is currently the center of my universe

Add to Google Subscribe in a reader or by e-mail StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It

the gift of bespoke + stars ailing in moscow

marat-nole-daviscup08.jpg

Marat, I’m not sure what is that you’re giving Nole as part of the Davis Cup gift exchange, but I can only hope it’s the number of your tailor.

Oh well, at least Nole’s moved on from draping himself in a couch cover at last year’s U.S. Open…

It was too good to be true: It’s as though the laws of time and space couldn’t handle all the beauty that descended onto Moscow… Janko Tipsarevic withdrew from the tie with a stomach bug, thus putting a win for Serbia squarely on Nole’s shoulders. But Nole was also under the weather so their doubles specialist, Nenad Zimonjic, is left to bear the Russian brunt. Meanwhile, Marat withdrew with a fracture in his leg. yikes.

But perhaps the Russians poisoned the other team (again). This is what Zimonjic said in the press conference:

“When we arrived we were good and everything was fine and, all of a sudden, two days later Tipsarevic pulled a muscle, Novak is sick. I also didn’t feel good last night – I also had a fever,” Zimonjic said. “It’s not easy in these circumstances.”

Uhm, I don’t think you were poisoned, Nenad. You just swallowed a bitter pill.

Scoreline: Mikhail Youzhny beat Zimonjic and Kolya Davydenko struggled — but beat — Viktor Troicki. Follow the rest of the tie here.

(photo from Tennis-Russia via Marie; Zimonjic quote via AP)

davis cup: moscow is currently the center of my universe

russia-davis-cup-spr08r1.jpg

Mikhail Youzhny. Marat Safin. Kolya Davydenko. Dmitry Tursunov.

tipsarevic-daviscup-spr08r1.jpg

plus Nole Djokovic. and Janko Tipsarevic. all under one roof. That’s a heart attack waiting to happen.

Match-up: 2007 Davis Cup finalist Russia faces Serbia in the World Group first round tie at the Luzhniki indoor arena in Moscow. Russia has the experience (they’ve won this before) but Serbia has the momentum (with Nole taking the 2008 Australian Open singles title, Nenad Zemonjic the mixed doubles title, and Janko taking Federer to five sets).

More photos: See a few more pictures from the pre-tie press conference after the cut…

trophy watch: doubles and wheelchair action at the australian open

As with any Grand Slam, plenty of silver (both as cups and platters) were doled out to runner-ups and winners of the various events at the Australian Open.

mens-doubles-aus08.jpg

The team of Jonathan Ehrlich and Andy Ram capped a historic weekend for Israeli sports by becoming the first Israeli team to win a Grand Slam title. Their opponents in the 7-5, 7-6 (4) win were the defending Wimbledon champs, Michael Llodra and Nono Clement. Suffice to say Ram and Ehrlich’s celebration is exactly how the Frenchmen would’ve done it.

More: The women’s doubles. mixed doubles, and quad wheelchair winners after the cut…

trophy watch: rome, berlin, and prague

runnerup-juniors-germanopen.jpg

A few animals in the trophy list this week. Look at this cute bear they gave out to the Juniors runner-up at the Qatar German Open.

ivanovic-germanopen.jpg german-kuznetsova.jpg

And they brought out the same trophies they handed out in Doha. Ana Ivanovic gets a hawk and Svetlana Kuznetsova gets a clock tower. (Click here for trophies from Rome and Prague…)