Novak Djokovic has officially spoken again after the decision made by the Federal Court of Australia. The Serbian champion was unable to participate in the last edition of the Australian Open, which was later won by Rafael Nadal, due to the cancellation of his visa.
The one from Belgrade met with the president of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, who supported him during the complicated Australian weeks. “First of all, thank you for the warm welcome,” Djokovic told Vucic. “I wanted to meet him, because as a Serbian citizen I felt the need to thank him for the great support he gave me during the unpleasant and unfortunate events in Australia.
Despite the problems I have faced and the loneliness, I have never really felt alone. I felt the support of family, friends and the entire nation. Many Serbian exponents worked hard to improve my stay in Australia, both personally and publicly, and it was unexpected.
As the president of Serbia, he had no obligation to me; for this I feel great gratitude for the way I have been defended. It has probably placed itself in an awkward political position internationally. For this, as a citizen, a man, an athlete, I am extremely grateful to him and I will never forget what he did for me.
My bond and affection towards the Serbian people grow stronger every day. Our bond will last forever.”
Darren Cahill speaks about Djokovic
Renowned coach and analyst Darren Cahill believes Novak Djokovic will use Rafael Nadal winning the Australian Open as fuel to continue to play at an “unbelievable level.”
The former player also feels Nadal’s victory will provide motivation for Roger Federer to make a successful comeback from his latest knee surgery. “I think what Rafa did can put a little fuel in Roger’s tank too,” Cahill added.
“Roger could say, ‘If Rafa is out there still doing it, why can’t I do it if I get healthy and still have that love of the game?’ So, I think this energizes the Big Three. I think that gave Rafa a lot of energy.
Just hang in there and keep pushing and pushing. You never know what’s going to happen.” Darren Cahill believes Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be joint favorites to win the 2022 French Open if both compete.
“Look, if Novak does return, I think we’re talking about Rafa and Novak going into the French as the co-favorites,” Cahill said. “Obviously you’ve got to be able to beat Rafa over five sets on clay, and we’ve seen how difficult that’s been, but Novak has been pretty damn impressive there the last few years.”