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Djokovic Plays Kuerten In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Exhibition

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kuerten, Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesGustavo Kuerten and Novak Djokovic opened a public court in Rocinha on Friday before playing an exhibition on Saturday.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic joined with former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten to entertain 10,000 fans at an exhibition match in Maracanazinho Arena, Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday.

Djokovic had arrived in Brazil on Friday morning to join Kuerten in opening a public tennis court in the underprivileged region of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro.

In Saturday’s exhibition, it was three-time Roland Garros champion Kuerten who prevailed, beating Barclays ATP World Tour Finals winner Djokovic 7-6(9), 7-5. The players entertained fans with their dance moves, while Djokovic also donned a curly wig to imitate Kuerten’s famous hairstyle.

“Guga is one of the most charismatic and loved players of this game and tonight he showed why,” said Djokovic. “I hope you understand how much this means to me. I’ll come back to Brazil for sure. Obrigado, obrigado a todos!”

On Sunday, Djokovic is set to feature in a friendly football match before a Brazilian league game, which takes place at 14:50 local time, 17:50 CET. Djokovic will be joined in the friendly by former Serbian international and Brazilian club player, Dejan Petkovic, as well as former Brazilian stars Zico, Romario and Bebeto.

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