After the match, he drew a heart on the clay with his racket and dedicated the win to his native Serbia.
“This heart on the court is for you,” he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration (via Associated Press). “It’s also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them.”
Last week’s historic floods in Serbia and Bosnia has claimed at least 44 deaths and recovery is expected to cost several billion dollars.
Djokovic’s Italian Open winnings are worth $749,934.
Additionally, $600,000 has been raised for the reconstruction of schools in Serbia, according to his foundation’s Web site.