The Joke aiming at Nadal.....at least
Our special little offspring of the Mountain Hag feels he "deserves" to move ahead of Nadal.
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Sports (as of 2/3/2008 3:41 AM)
Thousands welcome Australian Open winner Djokovic at home
BELGRADE - Some ten thousand people welcomed on Saturday the winner of the Australian Open, Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic, at a ceremony in downtown Belgrade.
The crowd, mostly youths, chanted "Nole we love you" as they gathered to cheer 20-year old Djokovic, who had claimed his first Grand Slam last month in Melbourne.
"Nole is the king," "Nole the champion" and "Nole No 1" read posters seen around.
"I can hardly describe how thankful to you I am," Djokovic said from the balcony of the Belgrade City Hall before throwing into the crowd tennis balls, rackets, T-shirts and caps with his signature.
Prior to the ceremony, Djokovic told reporters his first Grand Slam title was an additional motive to him to keep towards the top position in the world.
"I deserve to improve my position as early as this year and to be at least second best in the world," he said.
"Pressure will be bigger on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, they will have to preserve their position," he added.
With the win, Djokovic closed the world rankings gap on Swiss world number one Federer, whom he beat in the semi-finals in Melbourne, and number two Nadal of Spain.