Novak Djokovic’s visa and Australian Open news
Rafael Nadal told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday that no player is more important than the Australian Open. This includes himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, he said.
“It’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players,” Nadal said, but added that the Australian Open is “much more important than any player.”
Nadal said the tournament would be great ‘with or without’ Djokovic.
Asked about the situation surrounding Djokovic and what it could mean for his legacy, Nadal said he doesn’t know.
“I wish him all the best,” Nadal said, adding that he had a “good relationship” with Djokovic during his career.
He said he respected Djokovic as a “person and as an athlete” even though he “didn’t agree with a lot of things (Djokovic) did in the last two weeks”.
“I wish him all the best,” Nadal said.
Sixth-seeded Nadal is on the same half of the draw as Djokovic at the Australian Open. But the two won’t meet until the semi-finals, if both players go that far.
Of Nadal’s 20 major titles, only one is a victory at the Australian Open, which he won in 2009.