Tennis maestro Novak Djokovic was pictured cheering on Crvena Zvezda Red Star from the stands in their Euroleague match against BC Cedevita Zagreb at Belgrade’s Pionir Hall.
On his Serbia homecoming, the 28-year-old arrived at the arena in the company of his younger brother Djordje, 15 minutes before the beginning of the basketball match.
Djokovic, who claimed his 11th Grand Slam and sixth Australian Open title after dismantling Andy Murray in the Melbourne final on January 31, received a rapturous ovation from over 7,000 spectators at the game which Red Star won 94-74.
Djokovic has been the dominant force in tennis for some time now and claimed three of the four major titles in 2015, yet former world No 4 Tim Henman believes the Serb can be caught by the chasing pack this season.
The Englishman said: ‘They can definitely challenge. Murray is at the highest ranking in his career, he’s No 2 in the world. He’s playing great tennis.
‘But obviously Djokovic is playing a little bit better at the moment. Roger [Federer] was in the final of US Open last year and he was in the final of the Wimbledon last year,’ he added.
‘Djokovic stopped him in his quest to win more grand slams. They are still very, very close.
‘The challenge for all those other players is to try and raise their levels and probably hope that Djokovic doesn’t play quite as consistently.’
The three-time Wimbledon winner is next due to play at the Dubai Tennis Championships on February 22; he has won the tournament four times and was runner-up to Federer last year.