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Carlos Moya speaks on Novak Djokovic’s uncertain future



Coach Carlos Moya says he doesn’t think Rafael Nadal’s victory at the Australian Open will change Novak Djokovic position when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine. Djokovic was stripped off a chance to play at the Australian Open because he wasn’t vaccinated.

In the absence of Djokovic, Nadal captured a record 21st Grand Slam title as Djokovic and Roger Federer now sit on the second place with 20 Majors. Moya thinks Djokovic will have to get vaccinated or otherwise he risks not having a chance to continue to battle for the all-time Grand Slam record.

“I don’t think Rafa’s victory has changed anything in his position. What is clear is that if he doesn’t get vaccinated he will be ruled out of the battle he has been fighting for so long. I think it will be very difficult to play Grand Slam tournaments if he doesn’t get vaccinated and his career would be in serious danger,” Moya told Onda Cero, as quoted on Punto de Break.

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“I don’t think he’s anti-vaccine, but rather he has always defended the right to choose, but now he finds himself in a complicated situation.”

Moya happy for Nadal
Federer failed to win a 21st Grand Slam title after blowing two consecutive championship points in the 2019 Wimbledon final against Djokovic.


Djokovic had a chance to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open but he suffered a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the final. This past Saturday, Nadal recovered from two sets down to beat Medvedev in the Australian Open 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7-5 and capture a record 21st Grand Slam.


“The incredible thing is how he has taken advantage of his opportunity. Roger had two match points to win the 21st Grand Slam and could not materialize them. Novak was unable to withstand the pressure and played one of his worst matches in recent years in the final of the 2021 US Open.

But Rafa knew how to recover from a bad start and control his nerves, despite knowing that he was facing a great opportunity in his career,” Moya added.