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Djokovic on target in Brazil

Novak Djokovic rounded off his tour of Brazil with a football match featuring some of the all-time greats of Brazilian football.

Cafu and Dejan Petkovic were among the players on show in the exhibition which ended in a 3-3 draw, with Djokovic scoring a penalty and supplying the cross for the equaliser.

Petkovic believes Djokovic’s trip to the country will have a huge effect on the growth of tennis in Brazil.

“I think it was very good – a spectacular show. Fantastic,” Petkovic said.

“But more important than all of this is that we managed to leave a legacy.

“And that legacy is the first public tennis court in (Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela) Rocinha … for that community.

“And let’s keep that going. And on Thursday we also opened a tennis school for the future stars of tennis, if you will, there in the middle of Rochina.”

An emotional Cafu expressed his delight at being involved in the project.

“I’m very happy to take part in this,” the former AC Milan and Roma man said.

“It’s a privilege to be involved and emotional too. It was emotional to be out there with the fans and I scored a goal.

“They were demanding that I score. And it’s wonderful to be able to repeat that for them too.”

Mon 19 November, 2012
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