Thousands of people gathered on Monday evening in central Belgrade to welcome Serbia's national tennis team, Serbia's new sports heroes.
Fans cheered “Serbia, Serbia!”, “Champions, champions!” and waved flags as the players, Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki, Nenad Zimonjic and Janko Tipsarevic appeared on the balcony of Belgrade City Hall - a traditional gathering place for trophy-winning sportsmen in the country.
"I wasn't losing hope. We were dissapointed after the defeat in doubles, but we managed to win the trophy with the support of the fans. Thank you very much! Each trophy is a different story. But to win a Davis Cup in front of home crowd, it's the most beautiful thing man can desire," said Zimonjic.
"You can't even imagine how happy I am, everybody contributed to this trophy, some of us more, some less. Before the final match when we discused who will play, Viktor or me, I told him that I believe in him and that I know he can win that match and how I know he has a heart for that. Viktor cried after hearing that and huged me, I know this sounds as a cliche, but he answered me that not to worry, that he'll beat him. Those guys are my best friends and you can see that. Thanks to everybody, most of all I'd like to thank to my teammates for making this happen and for being part of my life," Tipsarevic said.
"You carried me during the match and helped me and my teamsters to make this great success," a visibly moved Troicki said.
"I was here when I won tournaments, but now, with my friends from the national team, it is more important. This balcony is linked with Serbia's greatest sporting successes and we deserve to be here. We have something that no team has: friendship both on the tennis court and in private and that contributes to winning this title," said Nole.
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