Emotional stuff in Rio de Janeiro.
World no.90 Laslo Djere from Serbia was the winner of this ATP500 after he defeated the world no.104 Felix Auger Aliassime. Both started their run after upsetting the top seeds in the first round in straight sets. Djere defeated the seed no.1 Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-3 while Auger Aliassime breezed past the seed no.2 and defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-3.
Being just 18, Felix was the player that hit the headlines in Rio until Djere shared his tragic story about losing both parents for cancer. Laslo’s mother passed away 7 years ago while his father died 2 only 2 months ago.
Djere won the final 6-3 7-5 in 2 hours after conquering the decisive break at the very end following a gigantic game. The Serbian will be always remembered for this run and his unforgettable speech about his journey.
After the match, Laslo commented
“I don’t know many tennis players who went through these things. I want to be that guy who inspires others and shows that you can still be successful.
It’s been the week of my dreams. So many things have been achieved here. I’m really happy, excited and emotional now. I’m happy I could push through this match because it was very tough mentally and physically.”