Rafael Nadal advised reporters in Melbourne on Saturday that nobody participant is extra vital than the Australian Open. That consists of himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, he mentioned.
“It’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is without doubt one of the greatest gamers,” Nadal mentioned, however added the Australian Open is “rather more vital than any participant.”
Nadal mentioned the event could be nice “with or with out” Djokovic.
When requested in regards to the scenario surrounding Djokovic, and what it might imply for his legacy, Nadal mentioned he did not know.
“I want him all the easiest,” Nadal mentioned, including he had a “good relationship” with Djokovic throughout his profession.
He mentioned he revered Djokovic as a “particular person and as an athlete” even when he did “not agree with a whole lot of issues (Djokovic) did the final couple of weeks.”
“I want him all the very best,” Nadal mentioned.
Nadal, seeded sixth, is on the identical half of the draw as Djokovic within the Australian Open. But the 2 won’t meet till the semifinals, if each gamers get that far.
Of Nadal’s 20 main titles, only one is an Australian Open victory — which he received in 2009.