Monday, January 24

Nadal: No player is more important than the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has spoken again about Novak Djokovic and his problems with Australia’s immigration ministry, with the Spaniard insisting that no player is more important than one tournament.

Although Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times, Nadal explained that life will go on even if the Serbian can’t participate this time.

“It’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players of history, without a doubt,” Nadal said.

“But, there is no one player in history that’s more important than an event. The players stay and then go, and other players are coming.

“So, not Novak, Roger [Federer] or myself. Or Bjorn Borg, who was amazing. Tennis keeps going.

“The Australian Open is much more important than any player.

If he’s playing finally then OK. If he’s not playing, it will be a great Australian Open with or without him.”


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