Forward of the commence of the initially Grand Slam on Monday, Nadal advised reporters at Melbourne Park: “Australian Open up will be a terrific Australian Open with or without the need of him.”
Djokovic is still in the attract to protect his title but faces deportation from the country ahead of then soon after the Australian federal government cancelled his visa for a 2nd time.
The long-working saga above irrespective of whether the unvaccinated Serbian can continue to be in the place has overshadowed the first Grand Slam of the yr, wherever Djokovic and Nadal would both equally be hoping to develop into the initial gentleman to earn 21 majors.
Nadal reported he revered Djokovic “as individual, of course, and as an athlete, without the need of a question”.
But the Spaniard extra: “I seriously respect him, even if I really don’t agree with a large amount of the items that he did the past couple of months.”