As we enter the final stages of 2022, all eyes in the tennis world will be starting to turn towards the first Grand Slam of 2022 in the Australian Open.
The upcoming edition of the Australian Open is set to take place between January 17-30 as Novak Djokovic looks to defend his crown and add to his record number of victories in the process. The Serb has won the Australian Open a record nine times in his career and will be going for a milestone marking tenth singles’ victory in Melbourne.
The king of the hard surface is unsurprisingly the outstanding favourite to win the first Grand Slam of the year, but there are a number of other competitors that will ensure he doesn’t have an easy path to his tenth victory down under and his 21st Grand Slam overall.
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Continue on to see the current odds as of October 14, 2022, of the top contenders in the 2022 Men’s Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic – 5/4
There’s no prizes for guessing who is leading the way in the betting ranks, with Novak Djokovic being the clear favourite from the field at 5/4. The 34-year-old has won the Australian Open in each of the last three editions of the tournament and is unbeaten at Melbourne Park since his Fourth Round defeat to South Korean Hyeon Chung back in 2018.
Facing Djokovic in Melbourne is an enormously formidable test for any opponent and it’s tough to look past a player who has won 21 consecutive matches in the competition.
Daniil Medvedev – 4/1
Up next is the 2022 Runner-Up Daniil Medvedev, who lost in straight sets to Djokovic in a pretty one-sided final, past the first set at least. The 25-year-old Russian is a tremendous talent and responded well to his defeat to Djokovic in Melbourne by winning the US Open later in the year, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to get his revenge.
That will leave his confidence at an all-time high coming into the new year after winning his first Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal – 7/1
Rafael Nadal’s longest Grand Slam drought is in the Australian Open, with the Spaniard’s sole victory in Melbourne coming back in 2009.
He has since been to the final on four separate occasions in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019 but ended up on the wrong side of defeat each time. Nadal was beaten in the quarter-finals by Stefanos Tsitsipas last year and will be expected to be present in the latter stages of the tournament.
Alexander Zverevev – 7/1
Joining Nadal at 7/1 is Alexander Zverevev, who also fell at the quarter-final stage in Melbourne in his last attempt, losing to eventual champion Djokovic in four sets. The German is one of the brightest young talents in the sport but is yet to win his first Grand Slam title, having reached the Final of the US Open in 2022.
The furthest he has ever gone in Australia is the semi-finals, but 7/1 looks a valuable price for a player who has reached the last four in two of his last three Grand Slam appearances.