Hair clippers are a time honored way of celebrating a tennis triumph and Serbia’s first ever Davis Cup title thanks to stoicism of Viktor Troicki resulted in the 24 year-old from Belgrade and his three victorious team-mates rejoicing with buzz cuts. Guy Forget, captain of the unsuccessful French team, will have remembered shaving his own head alongside long-time doubles partner Jakob Hlasek to celebrate a couple of decades ago. But nobody close to the Serbian team was spared their locks.
Serbian Tennis Federation president Slobodan ‘Bobo’ Zivojinovic and team advisor Niki Pilic, who became the first person to coach three different nations to the Davis Cup title having also achieved it with Germany and Croatia, got the razor treatment.
Troicki, ranked 30th in the world and apparently distraught after he and Nenad Zimonjic allowed a two set lead in Saturday’s doubles to be impressively overhauled by Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, enthused: "This is the most unbelievable moment of my life."
And world no.3 Novak Djokovic maintained the euphoria of victory was even better than winning the Australian Open title nearly three years ago. “It's historic,” he maintained. “This is our biggest success as individuals, as a team, as a country. We are not even aware of what we have done."
Troicki maintained he was amazed captain Bogdan Obradovichanded him responsibility for the all important place deciding fifth rubber instead of the infinitely more experienced Janko Tipsarevic.
“'I am in shock,” he said. “After the last shot I really couldn't believe that this happened. I think for the next few days I will still feel a little bit different. It will be maybe five days until I will feel the real expression and the real feeling of this win.
'”This is the most intense pressure ever in my life and to win it in front of my home crowd I think is the best possible way.”
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