Much has been said of Balotelli's behaviour both on and off the field, something Croatian Wimbledon winner Ivanisevic recognises.
"Balotelli is an interesting character and someone with a few different personalities," he told the Corriere dello Sport.
"I like him, he's crazier than me! He is someone who can damage himself, the team and his opponents.
"He can score a winning goal and then set fire to the hotel. I don't understand the public who call for more rebels in sport and then jeer the moment anyone breaks their racquet."