Can Novak Djokovic Reclaim His Dominance at the Australian Open?

Joao Mourato

Saturday, December 2, 2017 8:13 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 8:13 PM UTC

Novak Djokovic is set to start the 2018 season in Australia after long absence. Join us while we analyze his chances to win an unprecedented 7th title at the Australian Open.

High Expectations For Djokovic's Return

The expectations are high for Novak Djokovic’s return to competition. 2017 was, without any doubts, one of the worst years of the Serbian’s career. For the first time since 2011, the 30-year-old ended the season without any Grand Slam or Masters 1000 title. Adding to this, Djokovic hasn’t played any official match since being forced to pull out from the Wimbledon semi-final in July with an elbow injury. Despite his physical issues, Novak lost some of his fire and focus after his victory at the French Open in 2016. The Serbian became the first player to win four consecutive Grand Slams since Rod Laver in 1969. On the other hand, Djokovic staged one of the most impressive runs in tennis history with 11 Grand Slam titles, 25 Masters 1000 trophies and 4 consecutive victories at the ATP World Tour Finals between 2011 and 2016.

Despite long absence, the 12-time Grand Slam champion is always a serious contender to win any major title. The former world no.1 already announced earlier this week that Radek Stepanek will be his new official coach for the 2018 season. Djokovic has been without any permanent coach since the end of his 11-year partnership with Marian Vajda in May. Despite Andre Agassi’s counselling during the Grand Slam events, Stepanek is the first permanent coach on Djokovic’s team since Vajda.

First Goal: Australian Open

The first Grand Slam of the season takes place in Melbourne with Djokovic looking for an unprecedented 7th Australian Open title. Playing in Melbourne Park brings the best out of the Serbian with Novak winning 89.71% of the matches played throughout his career on this event. Moreover, Djokovic is also the most successful player in the Open Era in Melbourne with six Australian Open titles on his resume.

Taking a look now at Djokovic’s odds to lift the trophy in Melbourne, the sportsbooks consider the Serbian the 3rd main favorite to win the title.

Roger Federer +300

Rafael Nadal +350

Novak Djokovic +400

Andy Murray +600

Alexander Zverev +1600

Grigor Dimitrov +2000

Stan Wawrinka +2000

As usual, the players from the ‘Big 4’ are the undeniable favorites to win another Grand Slam title. Even though we understand Federer and Nadal’s favoritism after their brilliant campaign in 2016, it’s impossible to ignore the value on Djokovic’s tennis betting odds. As mentioned above, Novak’s main problem was mental exhaustion after six incredible years and spending a couple of months away from competition was the best decision. For that reason, our suggestion is for you to add the Serbian to your betting picks to win his 7th Australian Open title. Novak is expected to make his return at the Abu Dhabi in January and his price to win the first Grand Slam of the year should drop immediately after a couple of good performances.

Free Tennis Pick: Novak Djokovic to Win the Australian Open +400
Best Odds Available: at William Hill
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