Rafael Nadal points BOLD assertion on Novak Djokovic-Australian Open row

Source: ANI |Updated: Jan 15, 2022, 11:16 AM IST

Rafael Nadal on Saturday stated the Australian Open is far more essential than anyone participant while speaking about his rival Novak Djokovic, who’s at the moment preventing deportation from Australia.

Ahead of the beginning of the season’s first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal at Melbourne Park in his pre-event press convention stated, “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.”

Currently, nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic continues to be within the draw to defend his title in Melbourne after the Serbian’s visa was cancelled on Friday by Hawke, the Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs.

Djokovic is positioned towards compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic within the opening spherical.

When requested about how completely different AO 2022 would look with Djokovic within the draw and with out him, Rafa stated, “I tell you one thing, it’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of the history, without a doubt, but there is no one player in history that’s more important than an event, no? The players stays and then goes, and other players are coming. No one, even Roger, Novak, myself, Bjorn Borg, who was amazing at his times, tennis keep going.”

“Australian Open is much more important than any player. If he’s playing finally, okay. If he’s not playing, Australian Open will be great Australian Open with or without him. That’s my point of view,” the Spaniard added.

Notably, long-time rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are in the identical half of the boys’s singles draw on the Australian Open 2022, placing them on observe for a blockbuster semifinal conflict, if the defending champion is just not deported.

Djokovic, the world No.1, top seed, and three-time defending champion will be taking part in for an unbelievable tenth title at Melbourne Park – in addition to a males’s report twenty first Grand Slam singles title. But Nadal can also be chasing Slam title No.21, with the Spaniard and the Serb at the moment inseparable having every gained 20 main trophies. 

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