A.C. Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a great admiration for Novak Djokovic as he insists the 20-time Grand Slam champion is like him. Ibrahimovic is a quite a character but he has been one of the best players at his position over the last 15 years.
Though Ibrahimovic represents Sweden, he has Bosnian roots and comes from the Balkan.
Meanwhile, Djokovic could skip the rest of the season. After losing the US Open final, Djokovic revealed he didn't have a plan of what to do next.
Ibra exalts Djokovic: "I see myself in him, he has a Balkan style" 🔥⚽️🎾
"When Nole plays and gets angry he brings out his maximum, and I feel so alive."
“It will be interesting in the next big tournaments to see if the Big Three will win titles again or if everyone will stop at 20 Grand Slams. I think they will remain competitive but we will have to see if they are able to win in five sets against the young players who already stand out like Berrettini, Zverev, Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Rublev.
I would love to see Djokovic at Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin, but I wouldn't be surprised if he decides not to play for the rest of the season," Roger Federer's coach Ivan Ljubicic said recently.
Djokovic defended by Becker
Djokovic received criticism for some of his outbursts in recent months but former world No.
1 Boris Becker came to his defence. "The public, including the media, really have to get used to the fact that there are not just two, but three [legends], who have great qualities as players and as individuals,” Becker told Eurosport.
“I hope that these two weeks in New York, the final, the following speech and the reaction of the New York audience will ensure that Novak Djokovic is finally seen in a different light. “He publicly stood up for [Stefanos] Tsitsipas [in the toilet break row] after the semi-final against [Alexander] Zverev; he often stands up for other players.
That’s often swept under the rug and no one wants to perceive that in any way. “There’s another side to him, and it’s very sympathetic. I hope for him and for his family that he’s finally treated a little more fairly than he has been until now”.