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The self-belief that made Novak Djokovic a champion has put him in limbo in Australia

By Liz Clarke

07 Jan 2022 · 5 min read

Novak Djokovic is no doubt spending his time detained in an immigration hotel in Melbourne doing yoga and tai chi, stretching, meditating and adhering to every facet of the strict training regimen that has helped him become the world's No. 1 tennis player.

On the streets below, Serbian supporters are staging a candlelight vigil and serenading him amid visa-limbo while lawyers fight a deportation order that would deny Djokovic the chance to compete for a 10th Australian Open title and, with it, a men's-record 21st Grand Slam title.

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