Australia with Djokovic and Nadal

“Australia is just around the corner … it will be known soon, but not today. Do not insist. I need to be with my family, recharge and rest,” said Novak Djokovic on December 3 minutes after Serbia lost to Croatia in the Davis Cup semi-finals in Madrid. The 34-year-old Serbian neither assured nor denied his presence in Melbourne to try to reissue the title and, incidentally, reach the 21st Grand Slam that would make him tiebreaker with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer at the top of the sport’s history.

The number one in the world still does not confirm his presence, but the official list of the Australian Open (from January 17 to 30) has announced among the participants, just like the ATP Cup that takes place from January 1-9 in Sydney did 24 hours before. “Defending champion Djokovic will play to win his 10th trophy and will be the favorite in a draw that will have 49 of the 50 best in the world “, reads the Australian Open statement. The only absent, the Swiss Federer will be the great absence in the men’s team as he is recovering from the knee intervention after competing at Wimbledon.

This announcement seems to finally close the doubts about the Serbian’s participation in Australia, a tournament that Rafa Nadal will also play according to the same list of the organization. The Mallorcan will return to a Grande after not doing so since he lost, precisely with Djokovic, in the semifinals of Roland Garros 2021 and appears among the great figures of the circuit present in the first Grand Slam of 2022 along with Medvedev, Tsitsipas, Zverev or Rublev. In addition, from the 35-year-old Balearic there will be ten other Spanish men in the male category: Roberto Bautista, Pablo Carreño, Carlos Alcaraz, Albert Ramos, Alejandro Davidovich, Pedro Martínez, Jaume Munar, Roberto Carballés, Pablo Andújar and Feliciano López.

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Serena’s absence.

Federer will be the great absentee among men and Serena Williams in the female category. “On the advice of my medical team I have decided to give up this year to compete in the Australian Open. It’s never an easy decision to make, but I’m not where I need to be physically in order to compete. I will miss the fans but I am excited to be able to return and compete at the highest level, “explains the 40-year-old American.

Yes Muguruza and Badosa will be present, who will face the Aussie appointment with a favorite vitola since Garbiñe will start as number 3 while Paula will be number 8. The number one, the local Ashleigh Barty, will try to end the 44-year Australian drought in her country’s tournament although it will not be easy against tough rivals such as the Spanish, Sabalenka, Osaka, Svitolina, Raducanu, Halep or Bencic. Sara Sorribes and Nuria Parrizas will complete the Spanish representation.

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