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Friday 15 December 2017

Dad-to-be Djokovic tells of 'perfect wedding' to childhood sweetheart

TENNIS champion Novak Djokovic says he "couldn't ask for more" after tying the knot with his pregnant childhood sweetheart only days after winning the men's title at Wimbledon.

The 27-year-old Serbian-born sportsman exchanged vows with Jelena Ristic in the grounds of Montenegro's Aman Sveti Stefan resort.

And Djokovic told Hello! magazine: "Seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress, smiling and walking towards me - she looked like an angel."

The bride, who is expecting the couple's first child, wore a gown by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, the designer of the Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding dress.

Djokovic told the magazine, which had the rights to the ceremony: "I was trying to be present in that moment and memorise it.

"I was focused on her, and her smile and our baby. It really was a perfect moment."

Ristic said: "I was very nervous and everything seemed a blur. I was seeing him through tears and started crying when I saw him.

"I was just so happy and probably being pregnant makes it difficult to control the emotions. I am so blessed to have him in my life.

"The wedding was everything we hoped it would be. Our family and closest friends united in a beautiful setting in celebration of our love. It was truly emotional and unforgettable for us."

The pair married on Thursday, four days after Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final and dedicated his five-set victory to his fiancee and "our baby".

Djokovic said that marrying in the wake of his win made it even more special.

"I am marrying the woman I love and there is no better feeling than that," he said. "To win Wimbledon and be preparing for fatherhood, I couldn't ask for more."

The full interview is in the latest edition of Hello!

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