Novak Djokovic has received criticism for supporting the Croatian football team at the football World Cup. During Wimbledon, speaking of the big event that is taking place in Russia, in which his country, Serbia, failed to go beyond the group stages, Djokovic said: 'I support Croatia. I would be happy to see them lifting the trophy.'
In March, he had posted a photo with Croatian football stars Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, writing on Instagram: 'Happy to meet nice guys and great players from Croatian National team.'
Vladimir Djukanovic, a member of President Aleksander Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party, through a video, said that only an idiot could support Croatia. 'Novak are you not ashamed of it? I repeat, everyone who will support Croatia against Russia are crazy. Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him for it, but how can you support Croatia, how don't you feel ashamed? Many Serbians of Krajina (a region in Croatia where Serbs were once the majority) supported his message, backing the country that made them leave.'
Meanwhile, at Wimbledon, the three-time former champion reached the quarter-finals where he was to play Kei Nishikori. He defeated Karen Khachanov in the fourth round on Manic Monday. Djokovic is in the same half as Rafael Nadal and could face him in the semi-final. Nadal will play Juan Martin del Potro for a place in the semi-final.
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