Retired former World No.1 Gustavo Kuerten beat current World No.1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(9), 7-5 in an exhibition match played in Rio on Saturday.
With the ATP season now over, World No.1 Novak Djokovic is having some fun in South America. In Brazil on Saturday, the Serb took on former three-time French Open champion and home favourite Gustavo Kuerten in an exhibition match played here at the Maracanazinho Arena in Rio.
Djokovic beat Roger Federer five days prior to this match in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London. On Saturday however, the Serb could not overcome Kuerten, who celebrated his win by drawing a love heart on the clay surface.
Djokovic also won the affection of fans by dancing and impersonating the Brazilian idol with a curly-haired wig.
"I'm not going to be able to move for days," said Kuerten, who was forced to retire in 2008 due to a chronic hip injury.
"The victory is important but the most important thing is to be enjoying this moment with Novak because I thought I would never relive this type of experience after my injuries."
"I can't thank Novak enough. He is aware of the impact he can make as a person and is a really special guy."
Djokovic said he felt honoured to have played in Brazil for the first time against Kuerten.
"Guga (Kuerten) is one of the most charismatic players to have been involved in tennis and today he showed why," Djokovic said. "Brazilian tennis has a great spirit and big soul. Serbia is a small country but it has a lot in common with Brazil. We are very emotive people."