Monday, August 13, 2007

Queen of LA, King of Montreal

"A couple of childhood friends gave Serbia one of its best sporting days Sunday." - comments AP Sports Writer.

Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's 16-match Rogers Cup winning streak after defeating him 2-1 in Montreal's final. "Djokovic became the first player since Boris Becker in 1994 at Stockholm to defeat the top three ranked players at an ATP event. Besides Federer, he took out Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal in the semifinals."

His childhood friend Ana Ivanovic followed the example and beat Nadia Petrova 2-0 to take the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles.

"Ivanovic and Djokovic have been friends for about 14 years. They met as 4-year-olds at his parents' mountaintop restaurant in Belgrade. Growing up, they practiced together and played hide and seek."

Chess-Tennis tournament
Can we have it in chess?

Wonderful Sunday has been completed with news from basketball and waterpolo. Serbian national team won U18 European Basketball Championship after beating Greece in the finals. This summer Serbia won U16, U18 and U20 European titles and U19 World Championship. How is this relating to chess, you might ask. Shooter Stefan Stojacic was already mentioned on this blog as former bronze medalist from U10 European Chess Championship.

Finally, Serbian waterpolo team outplayed our arch-rivals Hungary 9-6 to claim the third World League title.

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