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Sport Zverev says no Djokovic would make Australian Open wide open

08:51  15 january  2022
08:51  15 january  2022 Source:   afp.com

TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open

  TIMELINE: Djokovic's failed bid to play in Australian Open Novak Djokovic’s attempt to play in the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19 came to an end when a court upheld a government minister's rejection of his visa. The unanimous ruling from three Federal Court judges in Melbourne on Sunday came the day before Djokovic was scheduled to begin his title defense at a Grand Slam tournament he’s won a record nine times. The Australian government twice canceled a visa held by the 34-year-old from Serbia and Djokovic’s lawyers appealed twice.

Alexander Zverev says the Australian Open will be wide open with no Novak Djokovic Andy Cheung AFP. "There are still a lot of guys that have the potential to make this tournament really interesting. I think it's going to be a fun one to watch." Zverev captured his second ATP Finals title in November, producing a brilliant performance to defeat world number two Medvedev, adding to the Olympic gold medal he won in Tokyo.

Novak Djokovic will open his Australian Open bid on Monday or Tuesday. If he isn’t deported first. Australian immigration minister Alex Hawke canceled the tennis star’s visa on Friday, resulting in Djokovic obtaining an emergency injunction to stay in the country. A federal judge ordered that Djokovic , the No. 1 seed in the draw, is currently scheduled to play fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. Wood reportedly estimated that each side could make arguments in under an hour, and wanted things decided by Monday night. “In those circumstances, we’re very concerned about time,” Wood said .

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev nominated himself Saturday among a small cohort capable of winning what is shaping as an "interesting" Australian Open should defending champion Novak Djokovic not play.

Alexander Zverev says the Australian Open will be wide open with no Novak Djokovic © Andy Cheung Alexander Zverev says the Australian Open will be wide open with no Novak Djokovic

The world number three German also included Spanish great Rafael Nadal, Russian Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece among his tips.

The unvaccinated Djokovic is facing deportation with his hopes of playing his first-round match next week rapidly deteriorating.

Zverev said if the Serb does take to the court "he would be the favourite. That's just the way it is".

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Australian immigration authorities have detained Novak Djokovic , arguing that although the Serbian’s medical exemption from the Covid-19 vaccination was valid, his views are too dangerous to let him stay. Djokovic was detained at an address in Melbourne early Saturday morning, in line with a court order Initially traveling down under to compete in the Australian Open set for Monday, Djokovic was denied entry into the country last week despite having a medical exemption for a coronavirus vaccination from Tennis Australia . That time, Australian border officials argued that his medical exemption was not

Nine-time Australian Open winner Djokovic is scheduled to play in the tournament on Monday night. The Serb had his visa first revoked on 6 January amid questions over a vaccine exemption he'd received. Djokovic 's team say his visa was cancelled on the grounds he might "excite" the anti-vaccination movement in Australia . PM Scott Morrison says the decision to revoke the visa was to protect the "sacrifices" made by Australians . For now, Djokovic remains in the Australian Open draw and is scheduled to play on Monday.

"But I think a lot of other guys have been proving to be playing well here, have proven to be playing well last year," he added.

"I think you need to talk about Medvedev, Tsitsipas, who has been playing extremely well here over the last few years. I think myself, I have been playing well the last six months of last year.

"I have practised with Rafa who I think is playing incredible right now again.

"There are still a lot of guys that have the potential to make this tournament really interesting. I think it's going to be a fun one to watch."

Zverev captured his second ATP Finals title in November, producing a brilliant performance to defeat world number two Medvedev, adding to the Olympic gold medal he won in Tokyo.

That trophy in Turin was his sixth of the year and he is keen to carry the momentum forward, starting at Melbourne Park.

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Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in the US Open men's final, and a victory will make him the first man to win all four major tournaments in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969. "Mentally, in the most important moments," Zverev said after the 3½-hour match, "I would rather play against anybody but him." Friday's match really came alive six games and 20 minutes in, thanks to a terrific 24-stroke point in which Djokovic tried a drop shot. Zverev got to it, replied at a seemingly impossible angle and -- after Djokovic sprinted wide of the doubles alley and stretched to retrieve that, sneakers

Djokovic ’s Australian Open hopes reliant on last-ditch appeal. In just a few hours’ time he is scheduled to be interviewed by Australian immigration officials (at 8am Melbourne time). The proceedings have been transferred to Federal Court, and the full hearing will take place on Sunday morning, the day before the Australian Open begins. If the decision by Alex Hawke, the immigration minister, to cancel the visa stands, that will of course prevent Djokovic from playing at the Australian Open , and also lead to him being put on a plane home at the earliest opportunity.

He said he would not get a proper feel for where his game was until he got on court and played a few matches.

"I need to be back in the situation where I'm playing one of the biggest tournaments in the world, where I'm competing with the best players in the world. I can tell you a bit more in a few days," he said.

"I've been practising well. I've been feeling the ball well. Hopefully I can show that on the match court."

He faces fellow German Daniel Altmaier in the first round, an opponent he has not met before.

Zverev appeared at his pre-tournament press conference wearing a Germany shirt and said it was all part of his preparation, having been proud to wear his national colours to win Olympic gold.

"I did have the biggest victory, the biggest tournament in the world that I won in this gear. It brings back incredible memories," he said.

"I just wanted to have that feeling before the tournament starts here."

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Novak Djokovic was granted medical exemption after testing positive for Covid-19 in December, court documents show .
Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.Novak Djokovic was granted a medical exemption to compete in the Australian Open as he had recently recovered from Covid-19, court documents published on Saturday by Australia's Federal Circuit show.

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