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Novak Djokovic - Australian Open 2022 betting odds

Publish Date: 11/01/2022
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The build-up to the Australian Open has been very quiet and rather subdued - you probably forgot it was happening. 

We jest of course - for better or worse, eyes and ears stretching far beyond the tennis world are now focussed on the Australian Open thanks to the all-out culture war that has been sparked by what is now being dubbed as The Djokovic Saga.

At the time of writing, he’s in the country though and practicing tennis - though his fate hasn’t yet been fully sealed and the issue looks set to rumble on.

You’re probably tired of hearing about all of that though, and if not you can read about it on literally every other news outlet - sports-focused or otherwise.

Instead, we’re going to take a look at how all of this has impacted the betting odds - we’ll also provide you with your top Australian Open betting tips along the way.

All of the odds provided below, as ever, have been provided by Betfred - and you can check out the latest Betfred signup offer here.

Australian Open 2022 men’s singles - betting odds

Novak Djokovic - 13/8

Dammit, we didn’t want to keep harping on about this geezer - but here he is again. Despite everything going on off the court (or inside the wrong type of court), the Djoker remains the world number one in the men’s game and is still the favourite to win the 2022 Australian Open in the eyes of the bookies, former tennis players, pundits, and just about everybody else, to be honest.

What’s interesting though, is that his odds have actually drifted slightly since he won his appeal on Monday, January 10. Over the weekend, he was being offered at 6/4, when his participation in the tournament arguably looked less likely. Now he’s being offered at slightly longer odds of 13/8.

Either the bookies know that a big twist in this tale is definitely forthcoming, or they simply think that being the center of global media attention while you’re trapped in a dingy hotel room with poor quality food isn’t the best preparation for an elite professional sports tournament.

And what’s our take?

If this was just about any other men’s tennis player, we’d say that this much noise in the build-up to a Grand Slam tournament would negatively impact their performances.

Djokovic, however, thrives on pressure and in the face of adversity. If he is permitted to take to the court next week, he’d love nothing more than to lift the trophy for the 10th time inside the court in a country he feels has mistreated him and dragged him through the mud.

Daniil Medvedev - 9/4

World number two Daniil Medvedev is the second favourite to win the Grand Slam.

Should Djokovic ultimately be kicked out of Australia before the tournament starts next week, Medvedev will find himself with a golden opportunity.

Not only would it increase his chances of winning the Australian Open 2022, the 25-year-old Russian would also have the chance to knock Djokovic off the number one spot in the ATP rankings.

Medvedev was beaten in straight sets by Djokovic in last’s year’s Australian Open, and so will be keen to go one step further this year. He did get revenge on Djokovic in the autumn, beating him in straight sets to win the US Open in New York.

With or without the Djoker in the tourament, we fancy Medvedev’s chances, and therefore find odds of 9/4 to be pretty decent value.

Alexander Zverev - 10/3

The current number three in the ATP rankings is the third favorutie to win the Australian Open 2022…how bloody typical eh?

Despite being consitntly in the top 10 for a number of years now, Zverev is still chasing his first Grand Slam final. He did win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics last summer and has two ATP finals victories under his belt.

Aged just 24, Zverev does still have plenty of time, and it’s certainly a case of if, rather than when, he will win his first Grand Slam.

His Australian Open record does hint that he could be building towards something good. He has won a junoir Australian Open, and reached a semi-final and quarter-final in the 2020 and 2021 senior pro tournaments respectively.

Is 2022 the year he can finally clinch his first Grand Slam title? We definitely wouldn’t rule it out. 

Will it be in the Australian Open? 

If we’re looking at the ability and skill of the potential winners, Zverev isn’t yet quite where he needs to be. From our point of view, if Zverev is to win the 2022 Australian Open, he will be reliant on both Djokovic and Medvedev being off the pace.

Rafael Nadal - 12/1

We’ve included Nadal here, basically as the best of the outsiders.

The King of Clay suffered problems with a foot injury in 2021, which meant that he missed out on both Wimbledon and the US Open. He has given a positive update regarding his fitness though, and is determined to get 2022 off to a flyer.

Nadal is tied with Djokovic and Federer on 20 Grand Slam titles, and with Federer most likely out of the picture, 2022 could be a battle between the Spaniard and the Serbian to increase their tallies. This, of course, hinges on Nadal staying fit and Djokovic being allowed into the countries where the Grand Slams take place.

Nadal hasn’t won the Australian Open since 2009, having lost four finals since then. We definitely don’t see Nadal going all the way here - a quarter-final or semi-final exit looks most likely.

The world number six and his team will more-than-likely being focussing on winning back his French Open title, which he has won a record 13 times.

Austrlian Open Men’s Singles odds - full list

  • ​​Novak Djokovic - 13/8
  • Daniil Medvedev - 9/4
  • Alexander Zverev - 10/3
  • Rafael Nadal - 12/1
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas - 20/1
  • Jannik Sinner - 22/1
  • Andrey Rublev - 33/1
  • Denis Shapovalov - 33/1
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime - 40/1
  • Nick Kyrgios - 40/1

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