Serbian basketball star: 'Novak Djokovic is a big basketball fan'

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Serbian basketball star: 'Novak Djokovic is a big basketball fan'
Serbian basketball star: 'Novak Djokovic is a big basketball fan'

Serbian basketball star Nikola Kalinic has congratulated fellow compatriot Novak Djokovic on winning the Australian Open. Djokovic, 31 won his seventh Australian Open title after demolishing world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the final this past Sunday.

The Serb has won the last three Grand Slams as he now has 15 Major titles in his collection. The world No. 1 will now be motivated to win this year's French Open title and become the second player ever with a Calendar Grand Slam claimed.

Kalinic, 27, who plays for Fenerbahce, also insisted that Djokovic is a humble person and a big basketball fan. In his latest blog post for, Kalinic said: "Finally, I would like to congratulate Novak Djokovic for winning another Australian Open.

He is a big basketball fan and was at the Final Four in Belgrade. He is really an incredible tennis player, and I don't think people in Serbia realize how big Djokovic is in world sports right now. I got to know 'Nole' in the Olympic Games and he is an amazing guy.

I talked to him a little bit and I could tell that he was down to earth, with both feet on the ground. I am really happy that he is back at his best level. Some other basketball players, like Milos Teodosic, have a better relationship with him, and they hang out together whenever they meet.

He had a rough period with a lot of injuries, and there were a lot of comments in Serbia about him not being great again, as if his time had passed already. He proved what a great champion he is and won his third Grand Slam title in a row.

I am very happy for him and wish him all the best." Also read: Novak Djokovic shows respect for Rafael Nadal after AO final demolition

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