Joyful Serbia celebrates Djokovic victory


Novak Djokovic’s first Wimbledon crown was greeted by celebrations on the streets of Serbia on Sunday. Hundreds of cheerful mostly young people filled the centre of the capital Belgrade chanting Djokovic’s nickname “Nole” as dozens of cars waving Serbian flags drove around downtown honking their horns. Similar scenes were reported by public television channel RTS from other Serbian towns, including Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac and Kraljevo. “Novak is our national hero! He is the first Serb to reach the world top in tennis. It feels so good,” Jelena Milanovic, a 25-year teacher, told AFP as she gatherd with friends to a Belgrade’s central square. “We are so proud of him. Thanks to him it is nice to be a Serb today,” her friend Predrag Dukic said, joining hundreds of people at the Republic square who earler had followed events at SW19 in one of Belgrade’s cafes. “We should vote Nole for president,” said a smiling girl in her 20s. Djokovic snatched the men’s crown from Rafael Nadal with a 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.