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Djokovic beats Blake for bronze

Novak Djokovic
Djokovic's strong serve helped him claim a straightforward victory

Serbia's Novak Djokovic made short work of James Blake of the United States to pick up the men's singles bronze medal.

Djokovic, who lost a tight semi-final to Rafael Nadal on Friday, made the most of an inconsistent start by Blake to easily take the first set.

Blake improved in the second, but Djokovic continue to serve supremely and he took it in a tie-break to complete a 6-3 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Nadal plays Fernando Gonzalez of Chile for the gold medal on Sunday.

Djokovic was jubilant after closing out his win, ripping off his shirt and throwing it into the crowd along with two of his racquets before parading around court waving a Serbian flag.

He only needed one break of serve to triumph and that came early in the first set.

Jonathan Overend in Beijing

Blake dug in as the match wore on and did manage to rattle Djokovic at 4-4 in the second when the world number three smashed his racquet in frustration.

Both players continued to serve well but it was Djokovic who made the crucial mini-break in the tie-break and a wayward backhand by Blake sealed his success.

"To win any medal in the Olympics is a huge achievement for any athlete. Not many athletes get a chance to win a medal," Djokovic said.

"But for me, this bronze shines like a gold because I think I've played pretty good tennis throughout the tournament."

see also
Nadal to face Gonzalez in final
15 Aug 08 |  Tennis
Easy wins for Federer and Nadal
12 Aug 08 |  Tennis
Murrays delayed by Beijing rain
10 Aug 08 |  Tennis
Davenport drops retirement hint
26 Jun 08 |  Tennis

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