Novak Djokovic Trails Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open Odds Following Second Visa Cancellation

Novak Djokovic Trails Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open Odds Following Second Visa Cancellation article feature image

Mike Frey/Getty. Pictured: Novak Djokovic Practices Ahead of the Australian Open.

Click for full Australian Open men's odds as of Thursday morning via FanDuel.
Daniil Medvedev+145
Novak Djokovic+170
Alexander Zverev+330
Rafael Nadal+900
Jannik Sinner+1900
Stefanos Tsitsipas+2000
Andrey Rublev+3600
Matteo Berrettini+3900
Carlos Alcaraz+4800
Felix Auger Aliassime+5500
Cameron Norrie+6500
Hubert Hurkacz+7000
Denis Shapovalov+8500
Nick Kyrgios+8500
Grigor Dimitrov+8500
Karen Khachanov+8500
Casper Ruud+8500
Andy Murray+8500
Alex De Minaur+11000
Roberto Bautista Agut+11000
Ugo Humbert+11000
Lorenzo Musetti+11000
Aslan Karatsev+12000
Marton Fucsovics+12000
Diego Schwartzman+13000
Botic Van De Zandschulp+13000
Emil Ruusuvuori+13000
Dusan Lajovic+13000
David Goffin+15000
Frances Tiafoe+15000
Benoit Paire+15000
Sam Querrey+15000
Brandon Nakashima+15000
Albert Ramos-Vinolas+15000
Lloyd Harris+15000
Thanasi Kokkinakis+15000
Gael Monfils+16000
Pablo Carreno Busta+16000
Daniel Evans+16000
Marin Cilic+16000
Kevin Anderson+16000
Nikoloz Basilashvili+16000
John Isner+16000
Lorenzo Sonego+16000
Fabio Fognini+18000
Borna Coric+18000
Jan-Lennard Struff+18000
Taylor Fritz+18000
Jiri Vesely+18000
Andreas Seppi+18000
Tommy Paul+18000
John Millman+18000
Alexei Popyrin+18000
Adrian Mannarino+18000
Soonwoo Kwon+18000
Filip Krajinovic+18000
Alexander Bublik+18000
Roberto Carballes Baena+18000
Mikael Ymer+25000
Stefano Travaglia+25000
Jordan Thompson+25000
Dominik Koepfer+25000
Henri Laaksonen+25000
Miomir Kecmanovic+25000
Gianluca Mager+25000
Marco Cecchinato+25000


It was announced on Friday evening in Melbourne that Novak Djokovic had his visa cancelled again by the the Australian government.

Breaking: Novak Djokovic's visa has been cancelled for a second time by the Australian government

Immigration Minister Alex Hawke: "[Cancelled] on health and good order grounds, on the basis that it was in the public interest to do so."

Appeal v likely

— Paul Sakkal (@paulsakkal) January 14, 2022

But, with an appeal likely and uncertainty still remaining in the situation, his odds were only slashed to +170 after the news broke.

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Daniil Medvedev overtook Novak Djokovic as a narrow favorite to win the Australian Open following the release of the draw.

As Thursday afternoon commenced in Melbourne, the Australian Open announced that the draw would be "cancelled until further notice," prompting fans and pundits alike to ponder if the delay was caused due to the ongoing saga with Djokovic's status in Australia.

After it was announced that no decision would be taken regarding his visa, the draw commenced.

Djokovic was drawn to face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round, while Medvedev faces a possible second round matchup with Nick Kyrgios. Rafael Nadal and Djokovic could engage in the latest iteration of their legendary rivalry in the semifinals if both can reach that stage.

The full draw can be found below.

Australian Open men’s singles draw (pdf view)

— Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) January 13, 2022

Listed at +135, the US Open champion and world number two Medvedev is a narrow favorite over Djokovic, who is +140. It remains unclear if Djokovic will be able to participate in the first slam of the year due to his visa status, but oddsmakers are pricing him as if he will be playing.

Alexander Zverev is the third-favorite to win the tournament at +330 at FanDuel, who has 20-time slam champion Rafa Nadal listed at +900.

Rising stars Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz are listed at +1900 and +4800, respectively, while the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas is priced at +2500. Andrey Rublev (+3600) and Matteo Berrettini (+3900) are the only other players listed below 50-1.

The announcement regarding Djokovic's participation in the Australian Open will impact these odds, but it will be interesting to see what happens to them regardless of the decision that Australia makes.

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