Serbia have won the inaugural ATP Cup with a come-from-behind victory over Spain in the final. Then both players made a surprise announcement to the delight of the crowd.
Novak Djokovic was the key performer, with the Serbian superstar claiming a straight sets victory over the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) before claiming a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets victory alongside Viktor Troicki in the doubles.
After Roberto Bautista Agut gave Spain the initial lead, it was a brilliant performance by the hardcourt maestro with Serbia romping back to nab the silverware.
“I’ll remember this moment for the rest of my life, it’s one of the nicest moments of my career for sure,” Djokovic said to roars from the crown. “I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have an amazing career in the last 15 years but playing for a team and playing for the country with some of my best friends for a long long time, you can’t match that, it’s just too special.”
“I want to express my gratitude to the Serbian fans for their support which I think is the key,” Djokovic said. “I’m being fully honest, I’ve never experienced the atmosphere on the tennis court like this. I’ve never had so much support at my matches and the matches of all our Serbian team as we have for these 10 days. You guys have definitely carried us to this victory and we owe you a great great thanks from the bottom of our hearts.”
The ATP announced this Sunday that it will donate 725,000 Australian dollars , about 450,000 euros (500.00 dollars) in aid to the Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund, as part of efforts to alleviate disasters caused by forest fires .
The donation of the ATP players was revealed at Ken Rosewal Arena by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during the trophy delivery ceremony of the ATP Cup final .
It was an incredible finish to the tournament.