Rafael Nadal instructed reporters in Melbourne on Saturday that nobody participant is extra necessary than the Australian Open. That contains himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, he mentioned.
“It’s very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players,” Nadal mentioned, however added the Australian Open is “much more important than any player.”
Nadal mentioned the match can be nice “with or without” 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 wish him all the very best,” Nadal mentioned, including he had a “good relationship” with Djokovic throughout his profession.
He mentioned he revered Djokovic as a “person and as an athlete” even when he did “not agree with a lot of things (Djokovic) did the last couple of weeks.”
“I want him all the very best,” Nadal said.
Nadal, seeded sixth, is on the same half of the draw as Djokovic in the Australian Open. But the two will not meet until the semifinals, if both players get that far.
Of Nadal’s 20 main titles, only one is an Australian Open victory — which he gained in 2009.