Rafael Nadal instructed reporters in Melbourne on Saturday that nobody participant is extra essential than the Australian Open. That features himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, he stated.
“It’s totally clear that Novak Djokovic is without doubt one of the greatest gamers,” Nadal stated, however added the Australian Open is “rather more essential than any participant.”
Nadal stated the match can be nice “with or with out” Djokovic.
When requested concerning the scenario surrounding Djokovic, and what it might imply for his legacy, Nadal stated he did not know.
“I want him all the easiest,” Nadal stated, including he had a “good relationship” with Djokovic throughout his profession.
He stated he revered Djokovic as a “particular person and as an athlete” even when he did “not agree with loads of issues (Djokovic) did the final couple of weeks.”
“I want him all the very best,” Nadal stated.
Nadal, seeded sixth, is on the identical half of the draw as Djokovic within the Australian Open. However the two is not going to 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.