Speculations have been rife lately regarding Novak Djokovic and his participation in the Australian Open next year. Djokovic finished 2021 as the end-of-year World No. 1 for a record seventh time in a row.
Serbinator won three Grand Slams last year, with the exception of the US Open. He equaled Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in career Grand Slams. Hence, the Big Three now stand at 20 majors each.
Novak Djokovic might be chasing his 21st major in January
tinues below this adatus for the 2022 Australian Open. There have been travel restrictions on athletes in Australia, and Djokovic himself has had qualms regarding revealing his status.
Thus, it was unclear whether he would defend his title at the 2022 Australian Open. However, fans are now excited at the possibility of the Serbian champion playing in Melbourne.
This news comes as organizers have listed Novak Djokovic for the Serbian team in the international ATP Cup for January. The top-seeded Serbian team will be headed by none other than World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, as per the organizers.
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This definitely confirms Djokovic’s presence in Australia, even though the ATP Cup and the Australian Open have separate criteria for admission. Djokovic already holds a record nine Grand Slam titles in Melbourne.
.@DjokerNole‘s inclusion for January’s ATP Cup means he now appears likely to chase a record-breaking 21st major at the Australian Open.
Djokovic hadn’t publicly committed to defending his title in Melbourne, or revealed his vaccination status.
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Now, he could be looking to begin the 2022 season in an emphatic manner. He could do just that by finally holding the most number of Grand Slam men’s titles in the open era.
Djokovic will be looking to redeem Serbia
Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Group F – Serbia v Austria – Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria – November 26, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his match against Austria’s Dennis Novak REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
After Serbia’s loss and subsequent elimination against Croatia in the 2021 Davis Cup, Djokovic would be looking to win for his nation.
Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open
Taro Daniel had the Australian Open crowd inside the John Cain Arena in stitches during his on-court interview after beating Andy Murray for his honest assessment of the shock win. Murray rolled back the years on Monday when he defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili in a five-set thriller.
In 2019, Murray looked as though he was bowing out of the sport in a tearful press conference.
But three years later, he bounced back with a strong win against the No 21 seed.
An easier test was expected against Japan’s Daniel, who had never gone past the second round of a major in his career.
The 28-year-old had built up some momentum after coming through the qualifiers without dropping a set and defeated Chile’s Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera in the first round.
Murray was expected to provide a tougher test for Daniel, but the three-time major champion was far from his best.
While Murray was guilty of making a host of unforced errors, Daniel’s workrate and movement across the baseline was causing his opponent all sorts of problems.
Murray’s head dropped after going 2-0 down as he failed to take advantage of a few great opportunities.
And the former world No 1 even uncharacteristically smashed his racket to the floor before Daniel served for the match.
The Japanese tennis star was elated after winning the match with a serve-and-volley with the crowd jumping out their seats.
“It’s amazing,” Daniel said.
“Winning a match like this hear with a lot of people, especially after Covid playing without crowds and suddenly I’m able to play this big match. It’s unbelievable.
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Raducanu has defeated her first opponent, the American Sloane Stephens, for a spot in the Australian Open second round. In what was her senior debut in Melbourne, the US Open champion won 6-0, 2-6 and 6-1 against Stephens, a former winner in New York. The Briton played sharply as she wrapped up the first set in 17 minutes before minor errors crept into her game.
Stephens took advantage of this to level but Raudcanu soon reasserted control to win.
The 19-year-old will now face Montenegro’s Danka Kovinic in the second round today.
Raducanu has had something of a meteoric rise, having spent the beginning of 2021 studying hard for her A-level exams.
Now, however, she is British No 1, and looks set for a stellar career should she replicate her historic win in the US last year.
Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’
RAFAEL NADAL took aim at Novak Djokovic over a furious on-court meltdown last year.
Rafael Nadal’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title continues today. Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are all currently tied on 20 Grand Slams. In his 18-and-a-half year career, this is the first Grand Slam where the Spaniard has not had fellow immortals Federer or Djokovic to contend with. The stars appear to be aligning for Nadal, with the significance of the elusive 21st title scarcely overstated.
His quest for Australian Open glory sees him face Russia’s 28th seed Karen Khachanov in the third round today.
Federer looks unlikely to add to his collection — he turns 41 in August and has just had a third major knee operation.
Djokovic’s future, meanwhile, remains uncertain. Following his bitter legal fight with the Australian government, both the French and US Open appear to be leaning towards a strict policy that prevents unvaccinated players from competing.
The Serbian is reported to be in talks with lawyers to sue the Australian government for £3.2million for “ill treatment”.
Though Nadal refused to bask in Djokovic’s deportation from Australia, he has criticised his Serbian counterpart in recent months.
During last summer’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, Djokovic had numerous meltdowns in his bronze medal match defeat to Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta.
He lost his cool twice in the deciding set, throwing his racket into the empty stands and then smashing another into the net post shortly afterwards.
Though Nadal did not compete in Tokyo, he admitted he would have expected better from the world number one.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Citi Open in Washington in August, he said: “Luckily there were no people in the stands and nothing else happened, but hey, they are things that happen from time to time.