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Uncle Toni explains why Novak Djokovic is not as loved as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer

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Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal appeared on Tres Iguales podcast and he was asked if he could explain why world No. 1 Novak Djokovic is not as loved as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Djokovic, Nadal and Federer have been competing against each other for nearly two decades and many consider them as the three greatest players in tennis history.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer each have 20 Grand Slams in their collection. Earlier this year, Djokovic made it past Federer on the all-time list for most weeks spent as world No. 1. Despite his enormous success, Djokovic has never enjoyed the level of popularity or love that Nadal and Federer enjoy.

“It hurt him to come to the Tour when there was already a very marked rivalry between Roger and Rafa. It was therefore difficult to find a place at that time,” Uncle Toni said. “I also think that Novak’s ego betrayed him when it comes to having certain behaviors on the Tour which are incompatible with being No.

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Djokovic could find himself in a tough spot
Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, indicated a few times that he didn’t get the vaccine and that he would like not to be forced into taking the jab.

Last week, Victoria Premier Dan Andrews suggested that unvaccinated players won’t be allowed to compete at the Australian Open in 2022. “[Grand slam] titles won’t protect you,” Victoria Premier Andrews said when asked by reporters.

“The only title that will protect you is you being able to have had your first dose and second dose. “Logic, and numerous conversations with the Prime Minister, tells me that if you are an Australian citizen, you will be allowed home if you haven’t had the jab.

“But if you’re coming on a tourist visa or a business visa, so you’re not an Aussie, like, you are coming to visit, the notion of you getting in here without being vaccinated, I thinks very, very low”.

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Taro Daniel SWEARS in hilarious on-court interview after beating Andy Murray at Aus Open

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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.

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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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Emma Raducanu urged to ‘turn off’ voices like Piers Morgan after torrent of criticism

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EMMA RADUCANU must “turn off” outside voices of criticism from the likes of Piers Morgan, Express.co.uk was told.

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.

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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.

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Rafael Nadal blasted Novak Djokovic tantrum: ‘Not the best’

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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.

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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.

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