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Novak Djokovic misplaced to Rafael Nadal within the French Open 2020 males’s singles closing.© Roland Garros/Twitter




World primary Novak Djokovic mentioned Thursday he’s hopeful of taking part in in subsequent yr’s Australian Open as he bids to chase down Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam winners’ listing. The 33-year-old mentioned he was “not sure” concerning the date of his arrival in Melbourne due to the necessary two-week quarantine imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We hope it will change for the better, that they will shorten the quarantine period,” Djokovic mentioned. “But if that’s the case, of course, most of us tennis players will have to go to Australia sooner.”

Topping the world rankings since February 3, the Serbian star is nearly 2,000 factors forward his major rival Nadal, who demolished Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 within the Roland Garros closing earlier this month.

He wants factors from the Australian Open, the place he would be the defending champion, to interrupt Swiss nice Federer’s file for many weeks as ATP world primary.

“Maybe someone has a problem with the fact that I have the biggest ambitions and that I verbalise them,” Djokovic advised reporters after a follow session in his native Belgrade. 

“But I was raised to be honest, clear and open, that is my character and personality. My goal is to be a historic number one, longest (on top of ATP list) and I am working towards that end.”

The 17-time Grand Slam winner, who was disqualified from the US Open after by chance hitting a line decide with the ball, favours changing line judges with know-how.

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“I believe that when it comes to decisions about lines, technology could be more effective than human factor,” mentioned Djokovic.

Nadal and Federer have each gained 20 Grand Slam singles titles.

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