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Armstrong deserves to suffer, says Djokovic

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Melbourne – World No 1 Novak Djokovic said Lance Armstrong should “suffer for his lies” after finally admitting doping Friday, but insisted tennis was a clean sport with adequate testing.

Djokovic, speaking after Armstrong confessed to cheating his way to his seven Tour de France victories, said the American's behaviour reflected badly on all athletes and should be punished.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Novak Djokovic of Serbia looks on in his third round match against Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during day five of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“I think it's a disgrace for the sport to have an athlete like this,” Djokovic said at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

“He cheated the sport. He cheated many people around the world with his career, with his life story. I think they should take all his titles away because it's not fair towards any sportsman, any athlete.

“It's just not the way to be successful. So I think he should suffer for his lies all these years.”

Djokovic also supported tennis's current anti-doping regime, which relies heavily on urine rather than blood tests, which are more accurate, despite fears it is not stringent enough to catch drug cheats.

“The results are showing that. In last few years there maybe has been one or two cases, but those players were more or less outside of the top 100,” said the Serb.

“We are keeping this sport clean. We are working towards it. There is awareness with the players and with the officials. As long as is like that, we are in a good road.” – Sapa-AFP

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