Serbia’s sporting successes just keep on coming! The latest success is seemingly unstoppable Serbian tennis sensation, Novak Djoković, making it to the final of the Australian Open.
Sure the final will be held in Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena but for us Belgraders this is a great opportunity to head to a cafe or bar with a good TV and watch the match surrounded by Djoković fans. There is often a great atmosphere and it’s a fun way to spend a Sunday morning out (even if it might mean getting up a bit earlier than is optimal)!
To get to the final, Djoković crushed tennis legend, Roger Federer, in just four sets. Djoković, the world number one, dominated the first two sets, which ended up being rather one-sided. Federer managed to fight back in the third set but he had already given his all and the Serbian wrapped up the last set in just 23 minutes.
The final score was 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3.
“I played unbelievably in the first two sets but I needed to because Roger has been playing unbelievably and I knew he would be aggressive,” 10-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic said.
Federer will be disappointed as this year is widely seen as his last chance to win a record-breaking 18th Grand Slam, with some commentators suggesting that the Australian Open was his best opportunity.
Djoković will face the winner of the other semi-final between Britain’s Andy Murray and Canada’s big serving Milos Raonic. For those of you wondering, Raonic is of Montenegrin descent.
If, like us, you’re determined to watch the final, it’s at 9.30am on Sunday the 31st of January. So, ahem, set your alarms and pick a cafe close to your house if you want to watch it somewhere with some atmosphere.