Serbian press rejoice at Djokovic's Wimbledon win
Serbian papers were in ecstasy today after Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon crown and reach the world number one spot for the first time in his career.sports Updated: Jul 04, 2011 14:15 IST
Serbian papers were in ecstasy on Monday after Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win his first Wimbledon crown and reach the world number one spot for the first time in his career.
"Kingly!" screamed the cover of the popular daily Blic, adding that "by winning Wimbledon, Djokovic had confirmed he deserved the top ranking that had been shared by Nadal and Roger Federer over the last seven years.
Serbian President Boris Tadic, who attended the final in London, said he "almost died while watching the game."
"I would immediately hand over my duties to Novak," Blic quoted Tadic as saying.
Naming Djokovic a "Duke of Wimbledon," sports daily Sportski zurnal said that such a "scenario was more than deserved."
"From his early days, he has invested every moment of his life in tennis and he therefore deserved the unprecedented success he had achieved.
Djokovic, who led Serbia to a first Davis Cup win over France in Belgrade last December, snatched the men's crown from Rafael Nadal with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
Politika daily published a montage of Serbian national currency dinar banknote valued at 2011 dinars, with Djokovic's face on the front.
"Hail to the king and his crown," vowed daily Vecernje novosti, widely reporting on the spontanous celebrations on the streets of the capital Belgrade and other Serbian towns.
Djokovic "is a balm for all our wounds," it said adding that the "battle between the two tennis lions was the most interesting match in years."
The daily Danas quoted Serbia's Jelena Gencic, who was Djokovic's first coach twenty years ago as saying: "Even then, he often repeated that his dream was to win Wimbledon."
Celebrations will be held in Belgrade following Djokovic's return from London, with the central gathering planned at 1800 GMT in front of the republic's parliament building.
Djokovic snatched the men's crown from Rafael Nadal with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
First Published: Jul 04, 2011 14:13 IST