Live updates: Novak Djokovic’s visa and Australian Open news

Tennis player Rafael Nadal.
Tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Simon Baker/AP)

Rafael Nadal told reporters in Melbourne on Saturday that no player is more important than the Australian Open. That includes himself, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, he said.

“It is very clear that Novak Djokovic is one of the best players,” Nadal said, but added that the Australian Open is “much more important than any player.”

Nadal said the tournament would be great “with or without” Djokovic.

When asked about Djokovic’s situation and what it could mean for his legacy, Nadal said he didn’t know.

“I wish him all the best,” said Nadal, adding that he had a “good relationship” with Djokovic throughout his career.

He said he respected Djokovic as a “person and as an athlete”, even though he “didn’t agree with (Djokovic) a lot of things over the past few weeks.”

“I wish him all the best,” said Nadal.

Nadal, seeded sixth, is in the same half of the draw as Djokovic in the Australian Open. But the two won’t meet in the semi-finals until both players get that far.

Of Nadal’s 20 major titles, only one is an Australian Open win – which he won in 2009.

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