(Serbia) – Due to drastic flooding that led to the evacuation of many cities in Serbia and also resulted in 20 deaths, Novak Djokovic has not really managed to pay attention on the Italian Open this week. The Serbian professional tennis player and former world No. 1 who is currently ranked world No. 2 by the Association of Tennis Professionals, Djokovic, reached the final after recovering from an earlier set down and after which he beat Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the semifinal.
Djokovic said, “I’m enjoying that I’m in finals, but I’m feeling uncomfortable a little bit because there is so many sportsman back in Serbia and everything is stopped. Everything is postponed because of this situation and they are helping and I’m not able to do that.”
Just after winning the game, Djokovic marked the camera with a cyrillic note which was especially for his people back home. The message stated, “I love you.” He also led a group of people that included coach Boris Becker and Raonic to Court Pietrangeli and took a group photo so as to aware people back home of the calamity. Furthermore, Djokovic strongly criticized media for not covering the disastrous situation in Serbia properly.
He further said, “Unfortunately there’s not enough awareness of what’s going on. I see on CNN and BBC and other big networks there’s a lot of talk about the miners in Turkey and so forth and it’s another disaster. But no broadcast about Serbia and this is the biggest flood that I’ve ever seen and maybe that Europe has ever seen. This is incredible. So I hope people can find the common sense and broadcast this a little bit and spread the awareness of what’s going on.”
Djokovic also requested the international community to provide assistance in this case, and he is himself trying his best to do whatever he can to get the word out. In his message, he said, “We need help. This rain that is constantly falling for four days already is going to stop eventually and the rivers, the flood is going to back up. After that there’s a period of definitely a minimum of several months of recovery. People are without homes. We need as much help in any kind of way as possible from the world.”
Just recently, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win his third Italian Open title. The Spaniard reached the final after beating Grigor Dimitov 6-2, 6-2 convincingly.