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Serbia: Novak Djokovic Wins Australian Open

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Serbia, Sport

Novak Djokovic [1] became Serbia's first Grand Slam singles champion, claiming the Australian Open [2] men's crown with a four-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [3] at Melbourne Park.

According to many people in Serbia, the tournament in Melbourne should have been renamed into Serbian Open – because three Serbian players have made it into the finals. In addition to Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic [4] played in the women's singles final, and Nenad Zimonjic [5] competed in the mixed doubles with Tiantian Sun [6] of China.

Serbian blogger Srkiman [7] wrote [8] this on January 27:

EEEEE Alelaleeee Bravo Nole Bravo Nole. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is champion of the Australian Open 2008. As soon as the tournament started I felt that I'll write these words: “Novak is the victor!” I congratulate you.

Tsonga proved to everyone that he was an excellent rival. At the beginning it was very difficult, and Tsonga even won the first set. But Novak had more experience, as well as more finals in his career, and that was his advantage.

It was an excellent match which lasted over 180 minutes.

It's not just that Novak won in Melbourne and earned $1,370,000. He has also become Australian Open's youngest tennis player who lost the least games during the tournament.

Bravo Nole!

Novak got 1000 ATP points for this victory and became one step closer to [Rafal Nadal [9]] and [Roger Federer [10]].

We expect more victories from Novak Dokovic in 2008.

Bravo master!