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Australian Open opens up with Djokovic exit

While Novak Djokovic won’t be able to defend the crown he has won the last three years, there is no shortage of star power in Melbourne ready to take the Serb’s place on the throne, writes Ronny Lerner. IT IS HARD to remember a more controversial lead-up to an Australian Open tennis tournament. As of Sunday evening, the involvement of the men’s world No.1, winner of a record nine titles at Melbourne Park, 20-time grand slam winner and arguably the greatest player of all time, Novak Djokovic, was still up in the air. The controversial Serbian superstar found himself in that…