Novak Đoković wins his 40th Masters title and secures his position of World No 1 for the end of the year. Nikola Jokić stays in double digits, while LEN are still searching for a new European Championship alternative. This and more in this week’s Recap.

Djokovic Paris
This is Novak’s 7th Paris Masters title. Photo: ATP Paris

This week on the Recap: Partizan wins the Euroleague Derby, Serbia remembers the birth of legendary coach Dušan Ivković, while Nemanja Majdov judos his way to a Gran Slam gold. Also featured, the Water Polo European Championship is moved to a new host country and much more.

Deby Partizan
Photo: KK Partizan, via IG

Excellent shooting in the first half, the premiere appearance for Milos Teodosić in the Belgrade Red and White, and passionate home support marked Zvezda’s victory against ASVEL (94:73).

Zvezda v ASVEL
Photo: J.L.

Partizan beats Olympiacos (90:75) in front of a record-breaking home crowd. Europe’s big names keep falling in the Belgrade Arena, as the Black and Whites slowly but surely approach the Euroleague Top 8.

Partizan vs Olympiacos Euroleague
Photo: J.L. / SIDELINESRB (shot on a potato)

Fenerbache beats Partizan at the Štark Arena (94:97) in front of the traditionally loud Belgrade fans. In true derby fashion it was a close tie until the final ten minutes when Fener shot up through the offensive efforts of former Red Star tiebreaker Marko Gudurić.

Both Zvezda and Partizan have triumphed in their away matches tonight, showing excellent European shape ahead of the holidays. The two sets of iconic Belgrade stripes ousted their rivals in key Euroleague features.

Olympiacos vs Crvena Zvezda, Luca Vildoza
Photo source: MN Press, Giorgos Matthaios

Serbia lost to Belgium earlier tonight (73:74) after Sunday’s match delay due to electrical issues in Čair. Despite having a two-digit lead throughout most of the match they slipped for the second time coming, which complicates their road towards the World Cup.

Serbia vs Belgium
Photo: FIBA

Virtus Bologna triumphed over Bursaspor in a long Eurocup final match ending in 80:67 and another trophy for Miloš Teodosić. Despite tonight’s defeat the Turkish side still has reasons to be proud.

Teodosić Virtus, Final Eurocup
Photo: Virtus Bologna, via Twitter