to be fair, strong sporting traditions for both and there really shouldn't be envy on either side... and yes, Croatia has had some great results in football and to reach a WC final is momentous... a feat hard to imagine being replicated by another such small nation again
as for Djokovic, an interesting adjective used for and of him yesterday after winning the US Open --> transcendent... 14 Grand Slams including holding all 4 concurrently in 2015-2016, 31 Masters wins including being the only player in history to have won all 9, a superior head-to-head record against all major rivals including Federer and Nadal, a higher career match win percentage than anyone else, 5 Year End finals wins (only bettered by Federer), 220+ weeks as World No. 1 etc.
"When you look at match players in the history of tennis, I don't believe that anybody can equal everything on the court that Djokovic does. I don't think you can find a weakness in his game. His movement, personality, his return of serve, his serve, excellent touch, not hesitant in coming to the net, great serve. Over all, almost every player has a downfall; to me he doesn't have one. He's perhaps the best put-together player that I've seen over 60 years." - Nick Bollettieri
Capello beamed: "From Savicevic you came to expect these unthinkable plays of brilliance, because from the position he was in most players would have just taken the ball in stride and gone a little further with it, instead he went for this spectacular attempt which has gone down in history and is shown over and over again. It was simply.... Una cosa da Savicevic [the way of Savicevic]."