Novak Djokovic on Nikola Jokic: “He is the pride of Serbia.”

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is widely considered the best and most influential Serbian athlete of all time, yet he chooses to name someone else as the country’s pride in sports: Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.

“He is the pride of Serbia.” Djokovic said about Jokic during an interview with Tennis Chanel. “We are so proud of him. We hope he can win his first ring.”. A basketball fan who often attends his beloved Crvena Zvezda’s EuroLeague games, Djokovic will be watching as Jokic and the Nuggets take on the Miami Heat in their race to win their first NBA championship.

“We pride ourselves on having been pretty good at basketball throughout our history. But we’ve never had someone as successful in the NBA as he is.” said Nole, huge praise considering how many basketball giants Serbia has produced over the years.

This kind of admiration goes both ways. A few days ago, Jokic had described Djokovic as “the Serbian ambassador,” an “idol” for the children of Serbia and a person to aspire to.

“I am flattered honestly. We have not been in contact. In fact, I just got his number yesterday. I send him a message. It’s hard to get his number nowadays. I want to send him a message to say thank you because he really touched me with wonderful words. I feel the same for him.”

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