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Rafael Nadal’s coach feels unvaccinated Novak Djokovic’s ‘career is in serious danger’

Rafael Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya feels Novak Djokovic may not be allowed to play any Slams unvaccinated and reveals Nadal’s main aim is to win a 14th French Open.

Newly-crowned Australian Open winner and now 21-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has put himself ahead of both 20-time Slam titlists Djokovic and Roger Federer in the hunt end their careers as the most successful male player ever.

Spaniard Nadal miraculously overturned a two set deficit against US Open victor and World number two Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam.

In contrast to Nadal’s impressive victory, Djokovic was unable to compete after he was deported just one day before the first Slam of the season began.

Djokovic had his medical exemption and visa cancelled but fought the decision in court to get it reinstated. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke superseded the court’s ruling and terminated the visa once more. This decision was upheld and Djokovic was deported back to Serbia.

In an interview with RadioEstadio Noche on Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Moya thinks 35-year-old Nadal is still capable of winning more Slams.

Moya said “I think it’s not the last Grand Slam I’m going to see him [Nadal] win. I’m very aware of who Rafa is and what he’s done in the history of tennis.

“It’s very difficult for another to win, but it’s Rafa Nadal I won’t get tired of saying it. He is one of the favourite players for every tournament he can play.

“Rafa’s great objective this year is Roland Garros and we have to do everything possible to get there in the best way. If he is healthy heĀ is one of the favourites, but there are several months to go with many events in between.”

On Djokovic’s vaccination dilemma, Moya also saidĀ “I don’t think that Rafa Nadal’s 21st Grand Slam has forced Djokovic to get vaccinated.

“If Djokovic doesn’t get vaccinated, he is in serious danger of not playing in almost any Grand Slams again and he would give up on continuing in that career for which he has worked so hard.

“I don’tĀ thinkĀ Djokovic is anti-vaccine, but he has decided the right not to get it. His career is in serious danger if he doesn’t get vaccinated”, Moya claimed.

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