Novak Djokovic ‘is doing the right thing’ with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal message sent

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Novak Djokovic has been doing the ‘right thing’ by winning Grand Slam titles galore as he battles to outdo Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, Mats Wilander believes. The Serb is hoping to win a 21st major of his career at the Australian Open after being given the green light to play in the competition. However, his involvement in this year’s tournament remains up in the air.

Djokovic has been embroiled in a visa row with the Australian government after jetting out to the country earlier this month.

Despite being granted a medical exemption, the Serb was then forced to quarantine in a hotel – with his family branding the conditions as ‘horrendous’ and likening his treatment to when Jesus was crucified on the cross in the bible.

On Monday, a judge gave Djokovic to play in the competition.

Federal Court judge Anthony Kelly said: “A professor and qualified physician provided the applicant a medical exemption.

“The basis of which was given by an independent expert panel established by the state government… that document was in the hands of the [immigration official who cancelled Djokovic’s visa].

“The point I’m somewhat agitated about is, what more could this man have done?”

There is, however, still a chance Djokovic will be robbed of the chance to take to the Rob Laver Arena – with Australian’s Minister of Immigration mulling over whether to intervene.

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For now, at least, fans can expect to see the 34-year-old in action Down Under.

And Wilander, speaking to Tennis 365, has expressed a belief Djokovic is ‘doing the right thing’ as he looks to outdo Federer and Nadal.

All three tennis icons have 20 Grand Slams each.

Wilander said: “Novak seems to be getting into these situations, but there are two sides to every story.

“Remember the tour he had back in Serbia trying to raise money for the less fortunate and suddenly that bit him in the butt.

“He was trying to do a good thing and suddenly the whole thing turns around.

“The players union thing he’s trying to start, it’s the same situation.

“He’s speaking up for the little guy, he’s trying to get more prize money for them and somehow it comes out that he has done something wrong.

“I do feel the legacy of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and the fact that they have been such great ambassadors doesn’t help someone like Novak.

“He (Djokovic) destroyed a lot of people’s dreams. They wanted to see Federer and Nadal play finals over and over again.

“Me as a tennis fan, I wanted to see them improve and Novak is the perfect medicine to make them play better tennis.

“It is unfortunate for him that Federer and Nadal came ahead of him, but he is doing the right thing, I’m sure of that.”

Djokovic’s family held a press conference on Monday, praising the verdict to let the Serb play.

His father, Srdjan, said:  “Over the past few days, it’s been very, very difficult for everyone in the world who is free thinking. But he is mentally extremely, extremely strong.

”They took away all his rights his rights, as a human being. He refused to revoke his visa.

“They gave him no right to prepare his defence for several hours, and they took away his phone.

“Fortunately they gave him back his phone. He contacted his legal team who mounted a fantastic defence, that they could not match.

“This is a huge win for Novak, his family and the free world. He respected everything that was asked of him. He only wanted to go there to play tennis and that right he wanted to take away from them.

“Justice and the rule of law have prevailed. The judge who presided over the case has shown that not for second was Novak the guilty party.

“The judge was fantastic, he simply respected the facts. He took the only decision that was possible which was to release Novak.”

And his mother, Dijana, added: “He has done nothing wrong, he was subjected to torture, harassment.

“Never before have we faced a situation like this. This was extremely difficult for us.

“We had no idea whether he was ill or whether he had eaten.

“Justice has prevailed today. This is the biggest win of his career. It is bigger than any of the grand slams he has won.”

Djokovic has won 10 Australian Open titles throughout his career.

Should he manage to claim an 11th, given everything that’s gone on, it will perhaps be the biggest achievement of his sporting life. 

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