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Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal on Friday in the Roland Garros semi-finals.

The World No. 1 is a fan of the basketball star

Novak Djokovic will play one of his biggest matches of the season on Friday against Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. And as he prepared for that blockbuster clash on Thursday, the World No. 1 wore the jersey of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic, who this week was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

“MVP! MVP! This is for my friend Nikola Jokic, The Joker,” Djokovic said in a video. “Congratulations for your MVP, well deserved. Sending you big regards from Paris, Roland Garros. I’m carrying you today with me in practice and hopefully bringing you luck in the playoffs. All the best, my friend!”

Djokovic and Jokic are both Serbian. The tennis star has long supported countrymen who compete in other sports. The 18-time Grand Slam champion happens to love basketball, and he shot plenty of hoops during down time at both the Serbia Open and the Belgrade Open earlier this clay-court season.

“Nothing but the net!” the Serbian exclaimed during a one-on-one game. “Iso! Iso! Amazing. On fire. Luka Doncic against Nikola Jokic here.”

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