Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic is motivated to do well at the Australian Open and "avenge" Novak Djokovic in some way. Kecmanovic was projected to meet Djokovic in the Australian Open first round but the world No. 1 was stripped of his visa and deported from the country.
On Monday, Kecmanovic beat lucky loser Salvatore Caruso 6-4 6-2 6-1 to progress into the second round. "We (Serbian players) are motivated to avenge Novak in a way, to make him feel proud. He's done so much for all of us, it was difficult to witness what he was going through," Kecmanovic said, per Sasa Ozmo.
Kecmanovic: We are motivated to "avenge" Novak in a way, to make him feel proud. He's done so much for all of us, it was difficult to witness what he was going through. #Djokovic #AusOpen — Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) January 17, 2022
Kecmanovic plays Tommy Paul next
Kecmanovic will be looking to make his first Australian Open third round when he meets Paul in his next clash.
Meanwhile, Djokovic released a statement after losing his visa appeal. "I would like to make a brief statement to address the outcome's of today's Court hearing, I will now be taking some time to rest and recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this," Djokovic said in a statement.
"I'm extremely disappointed with the Court ruling to discuss my application for judicial review of the Minister's decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.
"I respect the Court's ruling and I will cooperate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country. "I'm uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love, I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.
"Finally, I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength for me."