It’s been an excellent weekend for Serbian sports!
Novak Djokovic won the US Open by defeating Daniil Medvedev to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, while the Serbian basketball team won a silver medal at the FIBA World Cup.
In a long, exhausting and exhilarating match, Djokovic beat Medvedev 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in his fourth championship in New York where he was unable to compete a year ago because he was not vaccinated against COVID-19, goes alongside his 10 trophies from the Australian Open, seven from Wimbledon and three from the French Open, extending his lead on the men’s Slam list.
In his speech upon accepting the trophy, Djokovic said: “It obviously means the world to me [winning the US Open. I am living my childhood dream to compete at the highest level in the sport. It has given me and my family so much.”
On the other side of the world, in Manila, Philippines, the Serbian basketball team won a silver medal at the 2023 FIBA World Cup by losing to Germany 83:77. This was Germany’s first World Cup title; before now, its top showing in the event was a bronze at Indianapolis in 2002.
Following the game, one of the best Serbian players, Aleksa Avramovic, who scored 21 points in the match against Germany, said:” We have achieved great success! Our heads are held high. This is the best result we have achieved so far and our next goal is to go to the Olympic Games and to become even more successful.”
(Vreme, Sportski Žurnal, 11.09.2023)
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