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The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 4 Jan 2013

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46 NT NEWS. Friday, January 4, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 4 -J A N -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 1080127v7FOOTROT FLATS Dream semi in Brisbane IN terms of grudge matches, it doesnt get much bigger than this. World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will tonight confront her greatest nemesis, world No. 3 Serena Williams, in the Brisbane International semi-final. I would like to win every time we meet, Azarenka said. It doesnt really matter where it is. Azarenka booked her semi-final with a 6-1 6-0 flogging of qualifier Ksenia Pervak, while Williams had no such luxury against US teen Sloane Stephens, eventually winning 6-4 6-3. I think Sloane played really well, I think she is a great player, Williams said after the match. I think she can eventually be the best in the world one day. SPORT l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Tomic turns on the power Djokovic, right, congratulates Tomic Picture: GETTY IMAGES TENNIS WORLD No. 1 Novak Djokovic predicts Australian Bernard Tomic will become a force on the mens tour in the not too distant future, but says the rising star needs to become an anywhere, anytime player first. Djokovic felt the full brunt of Tomics talents in a shock 6-4 6-4 loss to the 20-year-old at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Wednesday night. Tomic was at his sizzling best during the 84-minute romp, unleashing 25 winners to 12 to notch his second career win over Djokovic, with his first triumph coming during a light-hearted exhibition match in 2010. A gruelling fitness campaign at the end of last season has left Tomic in the best shape of his life. But a more mature mindset has also helped Tomic, who was dogged by on and offcourt controversies in 2012. Djokovic predicted a bright future for Tomic, but said the Queenslanders next challenge was to produce the goods more consistently. Hes very talented and tactically plays very well for somebody his age, Djokovic said. But obviously for him its important to be consistently successful throughout the whole year. I mean he has been playing really well in Australia the last few years but he wasnt managing to maintain that level. I guess its up to him to see how he can adjust to many different surfaces. But he definitely has the game. He has a great touch and he can play equally well in de fence and offence, so he has this great transition. I see he physically got stronger. He moves well for his size and has a good serve. So its just about the experience. Tomic, who was beaten by Djokovic during the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2011, said the pain he went through during his off-season fitness campaign was well worth it. Looking back on it, it was hard, he said. But hard work does pay off. Australia suffered a 2-1 loss to Serbia on Wednesday. Injury ends US run AMERICAN John Isner became the second international tennis star to quit the Hopman Cup with a knee injury yesterday, casting doubt on his Australian Open prospects. World No.14 Isners withdrawal ended the American teams bid for a final berth in the mixed teams event in Perth and teammate Venus Williams hopes of joining her sister Serena as a Cup winner while handing Spain a spot in tomorrows decider. His exit followed that of Germanys world No.9 Andrea Petkovic on Sunday with a ruptured meniscus in her right knee that ended her hopes of playing the Australian Open starting in 11 days. Isner remained confident he would be fit for the Australian Open and also still planned to play next weeks Sydney International in the lead-up. He played with strapping on his knee when he lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France, on Tuesday and later said he was suffering from a little tendinitis. However, Isner said after withdrawing yesterday he was not sure if that was the problem. Its sore and its caused me a little bit of trouble . . . and Im not really going for my shots like I should, he said. Im confident Im going to be fine for the Australian Open. Spain was awarded a walkover and advances to tomorrows final against the winner from Group A, likely to be Serbia. Lleyton Hewitt was stretched during his straight sets loss to world No.43 Denis Istomin at the Brisbane International Picture: GETTY IMAGES Early exit casts slight shadow over Hewitts plans By DAMIEN STANNARD LLEYTON Hewitt rates his early Brisbane International exit as a minor glitch rather than a calamity in his Australian Open build-up. The Australians progress was yesterday stopped in straight sets by world No.43 Denis Istomin at the Pat Rafter Arena. Istomin, a tall right-hander from Uzbekistan, appeared to have Hewitts measure from the outset. Yet Hewitt says he is confident of his chances this summer, which continues next week at the Kooyong Invitational. Throughout the first set I felt like a better player, Hewitt said after the 7-5 7-5 loss. He served well on the big points and hit the ball extremely clean. It could have gone either way. Hewitt said he failed to take his chances. But Istomin did not hand him many. Istomin hit three aces and 14 winners in the opening set. Hewitt, finally fit after a battling a toe injury, kept on counterpunching. The former world No.1 broke Istomin in the second set, but the languid Uzbek regathered his rhythm and accelerated past the Aussie. It was one of those matches where I just tried scrapping around there and hang in for as long as I could, Hewitt said. Its nice that I can put myself in a position where I can feel good and play match after match. But its frustrating when you have chances, and feel like youre in a match, and you dont come away with a win. Hewitt said experiencing the tough situations in Brisbane would prepare him well for Kooyong where world No. 7 Juan Martin Del Potro is the highest-ranked player. Istomin is now through to the quarter-finals alongside Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who had a 6-3 6-4 victory over Raonic. Jurgen Melzer is also into the quarters after his 6-4 7-6 win against David Goffin.