Novak Djokovic freed as supporters clash with police on Melbourne streets

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Novak Djokovic has been freed after the Australian government decided not to revoke his visa on Monday evening.

The 34-year-old won his appeal as the Australian federal court overturned the initial decision to cancel his visa.

But Djokovic has been warned that Australia’s immigration minister, Alex Hawke, still has the power to revoke the visa, even though he did not take that decision after the court’s ruling.

There is no time limit on Hawke’s power to cancel Djokovic’s visa, while the decision could be made on grounds of public interest.

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said on Monday evening: ‘Following today’s Federal Court determination on a procedural ground, it remains within Immigration Minister Hawke’s discretion to consider cancelling Mr Djokovic’s visa under his personal power of cancellation within section 133C(3) of the Migration Act.

‘The Minister is currently considering the matter and the process remains ongoing.’

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After being taken from the court to his lawyer’s office in Melbourne, Djokovic was then taken away to a private location in a black car, which was mobbed by supporters.

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