Having been sent off from Australia on the eve of the tournament, Novak Djokovic was unable to defend his title at the Australian Open. The world number 1 was chasing his 21st career major, which would have allowed him to overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings.
The Serbian champion has won the Happy Slam nine times, in addition to having won in the last three editions. Despite having won the first appeal before Judge Anthony Kelly, the 34-year-old from Belgrade was impressed by the discretion exercised by the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke.
Nole's choice not to get vaccinated could affect his entire season, waiting to understand the evolution of the pandemic situation. The 20-time Grand Slam champion will return to the field in Dubai in about a month. In a long interview granted to Pravda, former ATP number 12 Dominik Hrbaty made some interesting remarks about Djokovic.
Hrbaty defends Novak Djokovic
He said: "Novak Djokovic was last in the limelight, when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were already at their peak. The world of tennis was divided between Roger and Rafa's fans. Suddenly, a player arrived who started beating them and disintegrating all their records.
He took the throne of the men's circuit, but not the fans of Federer and Nadal. Don't forget that Djokovic comes from Serbia, which is another small handicap. Ultimately, Nole often goes against the grain and not everyone likes his ideas.
Federer and Nadal have a very different approach. They often avoid taking sides on sensitive issues. Djokovic is a mix between John McEnroe and Yannick Noah." Dominik praised the Serbian champion: "I've always had a great time with him, he's a kind and easy-going guy.
Of the Big 3, Novak is by far the most popular in the eyes of other players. He has always tried to help second tier tennis players and they are really grateful to him." We recall Novak Djokovic should play the Roland Garros 2022.