Bye Novak! AC Milan fan Djokovic attends the Champions League semi-final against bitter rivals Inter Milan…as the Serbian tennis superstar poses for photos with injured forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao
- Djokovic is a fan of AC Milan and has expressed his affection for the Serie A giants
- The 35-year-old will play Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the Italian Open this week
- Ibrahimovic publicly supported Djokovic when he was deported from Australia
Novak Djokovic attended the semi-final of the Champions League between AC Milan and Inter Milan on Wednesday evening.
The 35-year-old Serb is a self-proclaimed AC Milan fan and has expressed his affection for the Serie A giants on several occasions in the past.
The best Djokovic will play against Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the Italian Open this week, but took time away from the tournament to watch the match.
The Serbian tennis superstar posed for photos in San Siro with injured forwards Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rafael Leao.
Djokovic, who is tied with Spain’s Rafael Nadal for the men’s record of 22 Grand Slams, is friends with Ibrahimovic.
Novak Djokovic was present at the semi-final of the Champions League between AC Milan and Inter
The Serbian tennis superstar, 35, posed for photos at the San Siro with Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The Swedish striker publicly supported Djokovic when he was expelled from Australia.
“I’m friends with Zlatan Ibrahimovic,” he told GOAL. “We often talked about my situation in Australia.
“He also supported me publicly, which I really appreciate. I’m a fan of Milan and we hope to win the Scudetto this year.’
Djokovic previously said: “I am a big fan of Milan and always will be. For me, football comes second (after) tennis.
“My father was a professional footballer and at home we always watch the Rossoneri games with great interest.”
Djokovic, who has a first-round bye, opens against Etcheverry, who advanced with a 7-6 (7), 6-3 victory over 18-year-old Luca Van Assche, the youngest player in the top 100 in the rankings at no. 85.
Carlos Alcaraz is poised to become world number 1 again after defending his Madrid Open title.
The Spaniard, who turned 20 on Saturday, defeated Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to complete the Spanish double for the second consecutive year after his victory in Barcelona two weeks ago.
Success in the capital means he returns to the top of the rankings, displacing Djokovic when he plays the next ATP Tour event in Rome.
Djokovic will face Tomas Martin Etcheverry at the Italian Open this week
Djokovic, who is tied for the Grand Slams men’s record, was also pictured with Rafael Leao