Ivan Rakitic to 'living legend' Novak Djokovic: Let's win Australian Open

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Ivan Rakitic to 'living legend' Novak Djokovic: Let's win Australian Open

Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic is happy to see Novak Djokovic being granted a medical exemption for the Australian Open as he is rooting for the Serb to win it all at Melbourne Park. "Living legend, wish you all the best in 2022 and let's capture the first title.

Good luck champion," Rakitic wrote in the comment section of Djokovic's post. On Tuesday, Djokovic put an end to all the speculation regarding his Australian Open participation as he announced he received a medical exemption for the Australian Open.

"Happy New Year, everybody! Wishing you all health, love, and happiness in every present moment and may you feel love & respect towards all beings on this wonderful planet," Djokovic said in an Instagram post. "I’ve spent fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under with an exemption permission.

Let’s go 2022!"

Tournament director defends the Djokovic decision

People wanted answers after Djokovic was granted a medical exemption and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley stated the Serb wasn't a subject to a special treatment.

"If they didn’t meet the guidelines, and there were many that didn’t so therefore they were rejected, but if they met the guidelines including for example – which a lot of people forget – is one of those conditions is having COVID recently, in the past six months,” Tiley said on Nine on Wednesday morning.

“Any person who met those conditions has been allowed to come in. There’s been no special favour. There’s been no special opportunity granted to Novak”. Tiley insisted the understands why some are upset but added the process was very clear.

“The process has been very clear and we completely understand and empathise with, first of all, some people being upset about the fact that Novak has come in because of his statements over the past couple of years around vaccination,” Tiley added.