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WATCH: Novak Djokovic Breaks Into Tears After His Win Against Alexander Zverev

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The Serbian ace Novak Djokovic broke down in front of his home crowd after winning 4-0, 1-4, 4-2 against Alexander Zverev at the Adria Tour event.

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The atmosphere in his home-country of Belgrade, Serbia was electric. The public turned up in large numbers and made their 17-time Grand Slam champion super-emotional as the 4000 people in the house gave him a standing ovation during his on-court interview.

“I am not crying because I got knocked out of the tournament, I am just overwhelmed by emotion because this reminds me of my childhood,” Djokovic said.

“It’s been an emotional few days and I want to thank everyone who made this possible. The important thing after this match is that we have one of our own in the final. I love you all and thank you so much for turning up.”

The Serbian star Djokovic often gets opportunities to lift the biggest titles of tennis all over the globe. But he doesn’t play in front of his home-crowd as frequently as he does in other cities of the world. And amid the pandemic, the World Number one Djokovic held a chance to swing his racquets on his home turf.

Playing on the native soil moved Novak and his presence resonated all Serbians present in the stadium. The second leg of the tournament will be taking in Zadar (another Serbian city) over the next weekend. The third leg in Montenegro was annulled due to coronavirus threats and the last leg will be held in Banja Luka, Bosnia.

At Adria Tour, Djokovic had an easy win against compatriot Victor Troicki and 2-4, 4-2, 4-1 loss against Filip Krajinovic.

Dominic Thiem and Filip Krajinovic were the two finalists at Adria Tour. The Austrian ace beat Krajinovic in the final 4-3(2), 2-4, 4-2 to pull off the title in Serbia.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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