Laslo Djere won the first title of his career in the Rio Open ATP 500 series, completing a great tennis week, and touched the hearts of all by dedicating the title to his parents!
Both first-time finalists, the 23-year-old Serbian Laslo Djere and 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliasssime were quite nervous while making many mistakes in the serve, with Djere winning with 6-3, 7-5, conquering his first ATP title of his career!
The young Canadian, who impressed with his appearances in the Rio tournament, failed to meet the demands of the final as he completed the match with 47 unforgivable mistakes, 20 more than his Serbian opponent, and he had 9 double faults against Djere’s three.
The 23-year-old Laslo Djere, who recently revealed that he has lost both his parents from cancer, was touched by his statements after the end of the game.
“I want to dedicate this trophy to my parents. I lost my mother 7 years ago and I want to dedicate this to her. And also to my father. I lost him 2 months ago. My parents were my greatest influence and because of them I am the one I am today. That’s why I want to thank them and I hope they will see me now, “23-year-old Djere said, bringing tears to the eyes of the spectators.
“I am also grateful to my sister, who is younger than me and is in Serbia. I am grateful to have her because she is very supportive. Also to my girlfriend, who was with me in the toughest moments. I can not thank them enough. Also, to all my friends, family and finally to all of you who have supported me today,” concluded Djere.
The Serbian, who managed to exclude No. 8 of the World Rankings, Dominic Thiem, achieved a great jump of 53 seats in the Rio Open and from No. 90 is now on No. 37 in the World Rankings! Respectively, Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, with his stunning run to the final, climbed 44 positions in the world rankings, breaking the barrier of 100 and reaching the 60th!
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