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 in his second Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2008. Novak beat Juan Martin del Potro and Nikolay Davydenko to secure the spot in the semifinals. In the most recent round-robin encounter, Novak lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 in an hour and 39 minutes and suffered his third loss to the Frenchman on an indoor court in the fall.

In search of the first win of the competition, the Frenchman upped his level in the second set. He fired 32 winners and 26 unforced errors to overwhelm Djokovic with three breaks of serve and a better performance in the decider.

Novak held in the opening game with a smash winner and grabbed an instant break in game two to gain an early advantage. World No. 3 secured a break point with an ace in game three and fired an unreturned serve to open a 3-0 gap. The Serb unleashed another powerful serve in game five to keep the advantage.

He broke again in the sixth game, finishing the first set with a backhand down the line at 5-1 after a quick 25 minutes.

Novak Djokovic won the 2008 Masters Cup supported by his girlfriend Jelena.

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

Novak hasn’t had any trouble on serve so far, holding horribly at 5-6 to suffer a break and hand the set to his opponent. Djokovic lost ground entirely, suffering a break in the second game of the last set and missing a break chance in the next to go 3-0 down.

Jo-Wilfried broke service 4-1 with a forehand winner and sealed the deal with a Lob winner in the next, rattling down the last nine points to cross the finish line in style. When asked about a girl in his box, Novak joked and introduced his wife-to-be Jelena as Miss Universe 2006.

“Tsonga beat me three times in a row because he was a better player. My main goal was to reach the semifinals and I’m happy to have achieved that. I wanted to win this time but he played at a high level, especially in the third.

Also, I made some unforced mistakes. I have to stay positive despite the loss because I played good tennis for a set and a half. Tsonga fended off a couple of break chances and gained momentum. He had more support than I did, and I don’t blame the crowd; He is an exciting player and very emotional.

I’m concentrating on the semifinals now. The girl sitting next to my coach was Miss Universe 2006,” said Novak Djokovic.

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