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Nadal: Australian Open will be great with or without Djokovic

Updated on: 16 January,2022 07:24 AM IST  |  Melbourne
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Ahead of the start of the first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal told reporters at Melbourne Park: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him” 

Nadal: Australian Open will be great with or without Djokovic

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic


Rafael Nadal took a swipe at rival Novak Djokovic on Saturday as the World No.1 fights deportation from Australia, saying: “The Australian Open is much more important than any player.”

Ahead of the start of the first Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal told reporters at Melbourne Park: “Australian Open will be a great Australian Open with or without him.” 




Djokovic is still in the draw to defend his title but faces deportation from the country before then after the Australian government cancelled his visa for a second time, calling him a threat to public order.


The long-running saga over whether the unvaccinated Serbian can stay in the country has overshadowed the first Grand Slam of the year, where Djokovic and Nadal would both be trying to become the first man to win 21 majors. 

Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Friday accused Australia of “mistreating” Djokovic after authorities revoked his visa for a second time.

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