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Rafael Nadal disagrees with Novak Djokovic after being knocked out of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning match point in his Men's Singles fourth round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy during day eight of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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Rafael Nadal doesn’t agree with Novak Djokovic’s comments that the 2021 season should be cancelled if players will need to continually enter quarantine before a tournament. Nadal looked on course for a potential clash with Djokovic in the Australian Open final. However, Stefanos Tsitsipas took his chances when it mattered most to pull off one of the most remarkable comebacks in modern Grand Slam history.

When asked for his opinion on Djokovic’s view, Nadal said: “Honestly, this was the first event that we had to do this quarantine. We didn’t have events before that with this quarantine. I mean, we had maybe it was New York but was not the same at all. I mean, the situation that we are facing is tough, and the world is facing a very tough situation.

“That’s very clear. And he’s completely right that, for our sport, things are difficult because governments are changing the rules constantly. So it’s difficult to make predictions about how the things gonna happen. But there is a very clear thing, you know. There is two options. Two options is stop the tour or keep going.

“My personal feeling is it’s tough for the players, of course, have to do bubbles in every single event, flying just plus two, a lot of players have family and they cannot have the family with them, so that makes our tour probably tougher than ever, no? But in the other hand, if we stop the tour, why and how and when we will be able to come back, and a lot of jobs gonna suffer a lot.

“I mean, not only players. A lot of people are living for our sport, no? If we stop our sport again, a lot of people are going to suffer, no? So we need to have a little bit more – I mean, we need to think a little bit bigger, no? And of course we need to protect players.

“Probably we need to find a way to protect the players with the ranking, to not force them to keep playing, yes, 100%, because the situation is very tough for a lot of players depending on the countries. But that’s it. We need to find solutions and we need to adapt to this very tough times that we are facing. Not only us; world. We are here to find solutions. I mean, and we need to be grateful to life that we can keep doing what we are doing.”


Source: Express


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