'We just want to see Novak Djokovic there', says former ATP star

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'We just want to see Novak Djokovic there', says former ATP star

Goran Djokovic has revealed that his nephew Novak Djokovic will play in Belgrade this year. Djokovic, ranked No. 1 in the world, played at the Serbian Open last year before the French Open. Djokovic suffered an upset loss to Aslan Karatsev in the Belgrade semi-final but went on to win the French Open.

Goran sarcastically said that Djokovic shouldn't be in trouble in Belgrade like he was in Australia. "Unlike the problems in Australia, everything should be fine here. Novak confirmed that he will certainly participate and we still have many attractive applications, so we expect a strong tournament again," Goran told Telegraf.

Djokovic has yet to publicly address what happened in Australia. Djokovic met Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic last week and revealed that he plans in 7-10 days to discuss the Australia saga. "Thank you for the welcome," Djokovic said last Thursday.

"Today I wanted to see you, as a citizen of Serbia, to thank you for your support, as well as all institutions during the unfortunate events in Australia. Although I was detained alone, I did not feel alone, I had the support of my family, friends, the entire Serbian people, many well-intentioned people from all over the world who personally and publicly tried to make my time in Australia easier.

You had no obligation to support me, but I want you to know that I feel great gratitude because you defended me, you put yourself in a compromising situation. That is appreciated and respected, I will remember it for a long time and my connection and attitude towards the Serbian people is getting stronger day by day."

Castle talks about Nole

In a recent interview with Tennis365, Andrew Castle joked that there should have been a camera on Novak Djokovic when Rafael Nadal won his 21st Major at the 2022 Australian Open. “The only camera we were missing down in Australia was one on Novak’s face on match point when Nadal made it to No.

21. After seeing that, I can imagine Novak’s motivation will be 100 percent moving forward," said Castle. “While we rightly celebrated that magnificent final with Nadal and (Daniil) Medvedev, Djokovic has won that tournament nine times and we just want to see him there," said Castle.

“I want to see the very best giving it one last slog over the next year, two years or three years, so I missed Novak down there, regardless of my personal opinion of the way he conducted himself," added the former British No. 1.