In a sensational collection of occasions in 2022, Djokovic was detained and deported from Australia over his non-vaccinated standing on Covid.
He was initially barred by the then-conservative authorities from returning to Australia till 2025 however Australia’s new Immigration Minister Andrew Giles mentioned that with a major easing in pandemic restrictions, the nine-time champion was now welcome to return.
Nadal, who received the occasion in Djokovic’s absence, has a males’s file 22 particular person Grand Slam titles to the Serb’s 21, with Australia the subsequent of the 4 annual main tournaments.
“I at all times mentioned the identical: tennis is healthier when the most effective gamers are on the courtroom,” mentioned Nadal after his comfort victory over Casper Ruud on the ATP Finals in Turin.
“Roger (Federer) just isn’t enjoying any extra. I missed quite a lot of Grand Slams for accidents. And final yr Novak was not capable of play there,” mentioned the Spanish clay-court supremo.
“That is previous. What’s subsequent is Novak will be capable of play once more.
“That is the most effective information attainable, particularly figuring out that now the virus is extra beneath management – appears – all over the world. So why not?
“(I am) Joyful for him. Joyful for the event. Joyful for the followers. That is it.”
Nadal, the highest seed the ATP finals within the absence of injured world primary Carlos Alcaraz, bowed out on the pool stage despite his 7-5, 7-5 win over Ruud on Thursday.
He had already been eradicated after shedding his first two matches within the Inexperienced Group to Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime.