This evening, a farewell game for the six Serbian aces, six double Olympic champions, and legends of Serbian and world water polo – Filip Filipovic, Dusko Pijetlovic, Andrija Prlainovic, Gojko Pijetlovic, Milan Aleksic and Stefan Mitrovic, was played in Belgrade.
The six played four minutes in the fourth quarter of the game Serbia – Italy at the “Serbia 2022” tournament. The match ended in a 9:9 draw. Before this game, Croatia beat France 15:11. Report from the tournament will come soon.
Among the number of people who attended the farewell game and saluted the greats was one of the best athletes of the 21st century Novak Djokovic.
In an interview with Total Waterpolo, Djokovic underlined that water polo is one of the hardest sports in the world
Tonight is a special night for Serbian water polo, but also for world water polo. Some of the greatest champions, that water polo ever had, retired tonight. It was emotional for all of us to be close to them and watch them perform and win so many different medals over the last 20 years.
Actually, Filipovic is a friend of mine since childhood. We went to the same school, we grew up in the same area in Belgrade. It was something special. He along with all other guys, made Serbia proud so many times. I was honored to be here tonight and to witness this wonderful evening.
Have you ever tried to play against Filip?
“Never. But, I hope we will have more time to spend together, I will ask him to get into the pool and to teach me how to basically get into the tackle. We all know how to swim, and we think that swimming is enough. But it is not. Water polo is one of the hardest sports in the world, and I always admire these guys. To watch water polo live is always different. Full respect for everyone.