Miomir Kecmanovic 'respecting' Novak Djokovic's space after the visa debacle

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Miomir Kecmanovic 'respecting' Novak Djokovic's space after the visa debacle

Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic hasn't talked yet with Novak Djokovic because he "respects" Djokovic's space following the Australia visa debacle, per Jose Morgado. Kecmanovic was drawn to meet Djokovic in the Australian Open first round.

On Sunday, Djokovic lost his Australia visa appeal and was withdrawn from the Australian Open. Kecmanovic has been making the most out of a favorable draw as on Friday he beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-4 6-7 (8) 6-2 7-5 to reach his first round-of-16 at a Grand Slam.

"I was supposed to play the world number one and now I'm in the last 16. I'm playing with no pressure cause I feel that I have a 2nd chance," Kecmanovic said after the win.

Kecmanovic keeping his promise

After Djokovic was deported, Kecmanovic vowed to do his best to "avenge" Djokovic.

Kecmnaovic avoided playing Djokovic in the first round but he insisted he wasn't happy when Djokovic got deported. “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 after losing his visa appeal.

"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." Meanwhile, Kecmanovic plays Gael Monfils in his next Australian Open match.