At the same time, the No. 1-ranked man in tennis says the drug testing program in his sport is "good," though conceding that for the last six months he hasn't had a blood test in the anti-doping program.
"I think it's a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this," Djokovic, a lifelong cycling fan, said of Armstrong after his 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win Friday over Radek Stepanek in the third round of the Australian Open. "It would be ridiculous for him to decline and refuse all the charges because it has been proven. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story."
Said Serena Williams, "Unfortunately, I think a lot of people now look and are like, 'OK, if somebody is that great, what about everyone else in every other sport?' ''
Victoria Azarenka added, "Everybody works so hard to be the best . . . You cannot go other ways."
After back-to-back 6-0, 6-0 wins in the first two rounds -- the first time that happened at a major since 1985 -- Sharapova has lost only four games en route to the fourth round at the Australian Open, matching Steffi Graf's record total through three rounds in 1989.