Novak Djokovic Trails Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open Odds Following Second Visa Cancellation
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.
|Felix Auger Aliassime||+5500|
|Alex De Minaur||+11000|
|Roberto Bautista Agut||+11000|
|Botic Van De Zandschulp||+13000|
|Pablo Carreno Busta||+16000|
|Roberto Carballes Baena||+18000|
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 likelyhttps://t.co/N6Ryn9nBsM
— 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) pic.twitter.com/HBmZTOOQ8V
— 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.