Rapturous welcome for Djokovic at home

Updated: 05 July 2011 09:46 IST

Novak Djokovic received a rapturous welcome in Serbia on Monday following his triumph at Wimbledon and on his first day as the world's top-ranked tennis player.

Belgrade:

Novak Djokovic received a rapturous welcome in Serbia on Monday following his triumph at Wimbledon and on his first day as the world's top-ranked tennis player.

Tens of thousands of fans chanted Djokovic's nickname "Nole, Nole" as they gathered in front of the national assembly building in downtown Belgrade at a boisterous welcoming ceremony.

"You made this day the best day of my life," Djokovic told the screaming crowd of mostly young people as he held a replica of the Wimbledon trophy that is given to the winners to keep.

"The Best Tennis Player in the World," said a sign on the stage erected in front of the assembly building.

Djokovic officially overtook Rafael Nadal as the No. 1-ranked player Monday after beating the Spaniard 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Sunday in the Wimbledon final. It's the first time in nearly 7 1/2 years that a man other than Nadal or Roger Federer is ranked No. 1.

Djokovic is 48-1 with eight titles this year, including two Grand Slam trophies.

Topics : Tennis Novak Djokovic Rafael Nadal Wimbledon 2011
Related Articles
Kremlin Cup: Maria Sharapova Crashes Out In First Round
Kremlin Cup: Maria Sharapova Crashes Out In First Round
Roger Federer Beats Great Rival Rafael Nadal To Win Shanghai Masters
Roger Federer Beats Great Rival Rafael Nadal To Win Shanghai Masters
Maria Sharapova Fights to First Title Since Drugs Ban
Maria Sharapova Fights to First Title Since Drugs Ban
Show Comments
Advertisement