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The Russians are the best players at the Australian Open

The Russians are the best players at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete in Challenger

This content was published on September 22, 2017 1:54 PMSep 22, 2017 – 13:54

Neymar’s agent has made clear he wants his services for Russia in men’s singles and in the men’s doubles as well as the final of the Open event, which has become a test of the world’s No.1 tennis player’s versatility.

The world’s top 10 players at the Australian Open are, in the order they received points last year: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kei Nishikori.

The first player to qualify for the Open is Daniil Medvedev, who can join Nadal, Murray and Djokovic at the tournament.

But what about the Russians? Russian players haven’t played an even quarter in the history of the tournament until this year. How will they fit into the competition?

“We need to have a discussion first,” said tournament director Craig Tiley. “We’ve got a lot of great players here, many from countries that have not had a positive impact on the history of the Open.

“There’s a couple of names that come up quite often for me, and it’s not just that they’ve won a few majors. It’s more that they have a history of being here. There’s a name there that has a long heritage in Australia.”

That honour would go to Belarusian Andrey Rublev, who won last year’s title and has had a great year, taking home the first ATP title of his career in Brisbane and playing in a third slam final, in Paris.

“He’s the top Belarusian and he’s a great player,” said the 29-year-old. “He was on the main draw in the Australian Open before he was 20. He’s a great athlete who has some great

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