LION & WOLF: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pays Visit to Old Friend Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals 2021

Published 11/15/2021, 8:36 PM EST
Novak Djokovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Self-confidence is the key for professional athletes to succeed consistently on the world stage. Its live and kicking examples are tennis ace Novak Djokovic and football great Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Interestingly, the two also have been good friends for a long time and recently reunited at the ATP Finals 2021 in Turin, Italy. 

At present, World No.1 Djokovic is competing in Turin for a record-equalling sixth ATP Finals title. On the other side, Ibrahimovic, who plays striker for the Italian soccer league Seria A’s AC Milan, paid a visit to his old friend.


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Only days ago, the Serbian ace had drawn parallel’s between his and the Swedish soccer star’s philosophy. No one would have guessed then that the two would be hanging out together soon.

But without any doubt, Djokovic and Ibrahimovic were quite happy to see each other.

Novak Djokovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at ATP Finals 2021

In the past, Djokovic and Ibrahimovic have met each other on various occasions. Also, the two have always praised and respected one another’s work in their respective courts.

What’s more interesting, Djokovic and Ibra have also played tennis together. But this time around, they spent their time talking and laughing.

Naturally, the two great sporting personalities took on Twitter and shared pictures of their meeting. For this, the AC Milan forward had a caption conveying their confidence. Zlatan wrote, “Make us angry, and we’ll make you pay.”

Likewise, the 20-time Grand Slam champion added lion and wolf emojis in the caption. Novak said, “Always a great pleasure to see you, Ibra! Thank you for visiting us at the ATP Finals.”

Tennis-wise, Djokovic started his season-ending championships on a winning note, defeating Casper Ruud in straight sets. As for AC Milan, they are presently second in Seria A based on goal difference.

Who will Djokovic play next in ATP Finals 2021?


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For the first time in their professional careers, Djokovic and Russian Andrey Rublev will meet in Turin. Hence, both of them will be looking forward to winning this and finishing on top of the group stage.

Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses as he celebrates with the trophy for his 2021 world number one ranking after winning his group stage match against Norway’s Casper Ruud REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Unquestionably, it would be a power-packed competition between the best backhand in tennis and the bolt striker. Let’s see who of the two will make the first mark in their head-to-head battles.


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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.