'This is a total different pressure for Novak Djokovic', says former ace



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'This is a total different pressure for Novak Djokovic', says former ace

The extraordinary feat accomplished at the Australian Open allowed Rafael Nadal to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. The Spanish phenomenon rallied Daniil Medvedev two sets in the final, winning his second 'Down Under' trophy.

The tournament was shaken by news of Djokovic’s exclusion, unable to defend his title at Melbourne Park. The number 1 in the world, who had won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, was 'impressed' by the discretion exercised by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke.

The three Federal Court judges confirmed the visa revocation order and the Serbian had to leave Australia on the eve of the Happy Slam. Choosing not to get vaccinated could jeopardize Nole's entire season, given the recent news from the United States and France.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade will return to the field in Dubai, while his renunciation of the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells and Miami (for which vaccination is mandatory) is almost certain. In a recent interview with the 'Tennis365' portal, Richard Krajicek spoke at length about Novak.

Krajicek on Novak Djokovic

“What happened in Australia was tough for Novak Djokovic and it will be interesting to see what happens in Dubai. Normally you would say this is going to motivate the guy and you don’t want to play him because he is more lethal, but this is different.

He is used to fighting on the court with the crowd, his opponent and maybe himself sometimes, but this must have been difficult. This is a total different pressure and a different disappointment than having the crowd against you or being match point down at Wimbledon and coming back to win.

But you know what, he is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever seen in sport and maybe it will fire him up for. It’s tough to know how he will respond to this”. The debate over Djokovic’s deportation from Australia last month due to his unvaccinated status continues to rumble on, with Krajicek suggesting the rules were not clarified before the player arrived.

“There was a misunderstanding or a miscommunication between Novak, Tennis Australia, or Victoria,” he added. “If he thought he couldn’t get into the country, he wouldn’t have traveled there."

Novak Djokovic has been one of the most successful players on the tour. In a career spanning almost 2 decades, Djokovic has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the highly competitive professional circuit. Though the player is often appreciated for his highly balanced game, a former grand slam winner thinks otherwise.