Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete with him
Nadie hizo, ni sé: Nadal in a bid to win the Australian Open title
Nadal has already broken Roland Garros’ record for the most finals in a single career and will enter the Australian Open as the first player not ranked in the top 40 to win the most sets in the men’s singles event in a single season.
Sergio Martínez: Tennis’ Nadal has to win in Australia, for the good of tennis
In the previous world No2 in the men’s singles, Novak Djokovic, the man who broke the record for the most finals in the singles in a single calendar year, has beaten him twice. And now, he will have the chance to beat him once again.
On Thursday, the ATP announced that their men’s and women’s tours had scheduled “the second Grand Slam of the calendar year”, meaning the Australian Open. It also confirmed the first ever meeting between the two top men in the Open field. With two players ranked inside the top 100, a clash of the titans has been arranged.
Djokovic, who is in the final of his sixth ATP final of the season, will meet former world No2 Rafael Nadal, who reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park last year. The only other player with a win over him is American John Isner, who has done so twice.
Rafael Nadal will have to win in Australia, for the good of tennis
Nadal has already broken Roland Garros’ record for the most finals in a single career — 24, and is looking at a third in the Open. As with most of his victories this year, it was a battle of nerves and nerves won. He had been struggling to win since he lost to Andy Murray in Madrid, and even had to fight against a two-set defeat against Juan Martin Del Potro in San José.
“Before the quarter-final, I don’t know anything about