Australian Open Men's Betting: Controversial Djokovic backed to win 10th title

  • Max Liu
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Djokovic is aiming to win a 10th Australian Open

Novak Djokovic is the firm favourite to retain his Australian Open men's singles title in Melbourne this month. Max Liu has the latest prices...

We'll have in-depth previews of the men's and women's draws from Dan Weston who will also provide tips for every day of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic upset fans with his apparent reluctance to get vaccinated against Covid-19 but the world number one is receiving support on the Betfair Exchange.

The Serb is 2.6813/8 to retain his Australian Open men's single title after it was announced yesterday that he would be exempt from vaccination rules.

The news brought to an end months of speculation about whether Djokovic would be able to defend his title in a country with some of the strictest Covid rules in the world.

In an ongoing development today, Djokovic was prevented from entering Australia at border control after a mix-up with his visa appplication.

So far, the news has not affected his price.

Divisive Djok has 10th title in sights

The Austrlian Open is the first Grand Slam of 2022 and will take place from 17-30 January. We''ll have comprehensive previews of the men's and women's draws from Dan Weston who will also provide tips for every day of the tournament.

All players must be vaccinated or have an expert-approved exemption. While Djokovic has not confirmed that he is unvaccinated, he has said he is "opposed to vaccination".

He will be aiming to win a fourth consecutive Australian Open men's singles title. He already holds the all-time record with nine and would love to add a 10th this month.

Medvedev bids to go one better

In last year's final Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev and the market makes him Djokovic's closest rival at 3.55/2.

The Russian arrives on a high after winning his first Grand Slam at the 2021 US Open.

Medvedev beat Djokovic in straight sets in the final to avenge his defeat at the start of the year in Melbourne.

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Alexander Zverev comes next in the betting at 5.24/1. The German has been knocking at the door of Grand Slam glory for a few years, reaching the semi-final in Melbourne and a final in New York.

Last August, Zverez won the gold medal in the men's singles at the Tokyo Olympics.

Djokovic, Medvedev and Zverev are very much the trio of leading men in Melbourne.

After that comes Rafael Nadal 15.014/1 who won this title in 2009. The 35-year-old's 2021 season was shortened by injury and fans will be hoping he returns gunning for glory.

Nadal is currently bidding to prove his fitness at the ATP Melbourne.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is as long as 38.037/1 in the market. He reached the semi-finals 12 months ago, following a memorable five-set win over Nadal from 2-0 down in the quarters, and went on to reach the final of the French Open.

The Greek's season nosedived after that, though, with first and third round exits at Wimbledon and the US Open respectively, which may in part explain his long odds here.

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