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Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic boogies at Belgrade homecoming (Video)

Novak Djokovic celebrates his Wimbledon title with fans in Belgrade. (IVAN MILUTINOVIC/REUTERS)

Watch Novak Djokovic dance with supporters in Belgrade.

Novak Djokovic continued one of the most remarkably dominant tennis seasons of all time Sunday when he toppled two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal to claim his first Wimbledon title.

With the most prized trophy in the sport and his first world No. 1 ranking in hand, Djokovic returned to his home in Serbia on Monday to celebrate with more than 100,000 fans.

Ever the jokester — or Djoker, according to his nickname — Djokovic didn’t hesitate to break it down on a stage in central Belgrade.

Djokovic — now 48-1 on the year — has always worn his heart on his sleeve, and with it, the warn-torn country in which he grew up. The three-time Grand Slam champion expressed his extreme gratitude to his supporters back home during Monday’s festivities.

“Tonight I owe you everything, because you made this the most beautiful day of my life. I will never forget this. This trophy I dedicate to you. This trophy I dedicate to Serbia.”

Meantime, women’s No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered another setback in an up and down 2011. Wozniacki retired from her second-round match at the Swedish Open on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.

After reaching the Australian Open semifinals, the 20-year-old won three titles leading up to the French Open where she crashed out in the third round. At the All England Club she flamed out in the fourth set, choking away a 6-1 victory in the first set to lose in three sets to No. 24 seed Dominika Cibulkova.

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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