11/20/12 2:37 AM | Johan Lindahl
Novak Djokovic has wrapped up a week of exhibitions on two continents as he lost a friendly hit-and-giggle to Brazil's former tennis hero Gustavo Kuerten.
The men played in front of a sellout crowd in Rio, with more than 10,000 people packed Maracanazinho Arena for the match on indoor clay,
Kuerten, 36, retired from tennis four years ago after a series of hip injuries. Djokovic, noted as an occasional jokester on the court, did not disappoint the locals as he donned a Guga-style curly-haired wig.
With South America now the newest tennis frontier for marketers and tournaments - the LA event will be moving to Bogata in 2013 after being sold for a bargain $3 million - a popular event was assured as three-time French Open winner Kuerten beat the world No. 1 7-6 (11-9), 7-5.
Djokovic was pocketing some extra cash less than a week after beating Roger Federer for the title at the London year-end ATP event. He had also played an exho just days after that success in Europe. Djokovic was pictured upon arrival in Rio standing on his beach-side hotel balcony grinning and holding what appeared to be a tropical drink in a coconut shell.
Djokovic and Kuerten also dedicated a public court in the Rocinha shantytown and were set for a football kick-around prior to a Brazilian league match in the football-crazed country, which will host the 2016 Olympics. Djokovic is now off on what he says will be a tropical holiday.
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|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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