Former ATP star on defeating Novak Djokovic from...

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Jurgen Melzer's career ended a few days ago in front of a public friend from Vienna. The Austrian has chosen the home tournament to end a career that has given him many satisfactions. 17 titles in doubles, a specialty in which he reached the sixth position in the ranking, to which are added the five obtained in singles (where he went up to eighth place ATP in 2010).

Alexander Zverev was Jurgen's last doubles partner, but the duo surrendered to John Peers and Filip Polasek with a score of 7-6 7-5 in the first round. Although he has only dedicated himself to doubles in recent years, Melzer has also taken a lot of satisfaction in singles.

The victory he remembers most willingly is undoubtedly the one against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros 2010. That defeat was devastating for the morale of Nole, who led by two sets and seemed headed for comfortable success.

In a recent interview for the ATP website, the 40-year-old from Vienna returned to talk about that unforgettable afternoon.

Melzer on his match against Djokovic

“I will always remember my Novak Djokovic match, I will always remember winning twice in Vienna, rolling over the Centre Court at Wimbledon with Philipp after winning the doubles.

These are the sports memories that you cherish,” Melzer said. His list of accomplishments also includes lifting the mixed doubles title at the 2011 Wimbledon alongside Iveta Benesova. Melzer spent 17 weeks in the Top 10 of both the FedEx ATP Rankings and the FedEx ATP Doubles Rankings in 2011, which is perhaps one of his rarest feats.

In singles, Melzer’s career-best performance came at the 2010 French Open, where he finished as a semifinalist. In 2018, he retired from singles after losing to Milos Raonic at the Vienna Open. Daniel Andrews, the Premier of the State of Victoria, has confirmed that his government will not be applying for an exemption for unvaccinated players planning to compete at the 2022 Australian Open.

The State of Victoria is home to Melbourne, which hosts the year's opening Slam. “I want to be very clear with every Victorian, my government won’t be applying for an exemption for any unvaccinated player (to compete at the Australian Open),” Andrews was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

“The same rules have to apply to everyone,” Scott Morrison told Sunrise. “If I wasn’t double vaccinated when I got home from Glasgow I’d be doing two weeks of quarantine in Sydney. The same rules apply to everyone, whether you’re a Grand Slam winner, a prime minister, a business traveller, a student or whoever. Same rules."

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