Novak Djokovic Dedicates Rome Title to Flood Victims

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Italian Open. The Serbian dedicated his win to the victims of a massive flood back home and urged the world to provide support.

updated: May 19, 2014 10:03 IST
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Rome: Novak Djokovic is going to the French Open with a big clay-court victory in his pocket. And a heavy heart.

Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time — then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia by carving a heart on the clay with his racket. (Read match report: Novak Djokovic stuns Rafael Nadal)

"This heart on the court is for you," he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration. "It's also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them."

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