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Djokovic’s exit creates Grand Slam opportunities

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Djokovic’s exit creates Grand Slam opportunities

Nadal will be eyeing a chance to sneak ahead of Federer and Djokovic on the all-time Grand Slam list

IAN RANSOM

A Grand Slam accustomed to the iron rule of Novak Djokovic will emerge blinking into a brave new world on Monday as rivals jostle to fill the power vacuum left by the Serbian superstar at the Australian Open.

The winner of a record nine titles at Melbourne Park, including the past three in succession, Djokovic’s hopes of continuing his dynasty and claiming a record 21st Grand Slam title lay in ruins on Sunday after he lost a court case to stay in the country.

Many Australians will be glad to be rid of an athlete who had become a hero of the anti-vaxxer movement, while players will be relieved the spotlight can shift back to tennis. But the loss of the world No.1 is a blow for a men’s tournament which was already lacking star power after the withdrawals of Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem...

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