Novak Djokovic visa debacle: Bookmakers still have the Serbian as second favorite to win Australian Open

Despite his visa being canceled and his return to custody today, the money continues to pour in for Novak Djokovic to win the Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic may have had his visa canceled by the Morrison government and is due back in custody today, but the money is still flowing for him to win his 10th Australian Open title.

The bookmakers have the world number 1 with odds of 17/10 just behind Russian Daniil Medvedev, who is considered the favorite with odds of 7/5.

Yesterday, Federal Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa, sparking a new legal battle just days before the start of the Australian Open.

After a preliminary hearing last night, Djokovic will meet with government officials at 8am today, where he will be formally detained.

A final hearing is scheduled for Sunday morning.

Despite this, the Serb is still considered more likely to win the Australian Open than others in the men’s singles draw, including Alexander Zverev (13/5), Rafael Nadal (8/1), Stefanos Tsitsipas ( 14/1) and Andrey Rublev. (17/1).

Djokovic drew fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, who is ranked 78th in the world, in the first round of the Australian Open, a match he is still heavily favored to win despite his precarious visa position. For a $10 bet on Djokovic in this match, bettors will only receive $10.20 in return. Whereas for the same $10 bet, a bet on Kecmanovic will net you $190 with Bet365.

If Djokovic is cleared to play at the Australian Open, he could face a quarter-final against No. 7-seeded Matteo Berrettini and maybe a semi-final against third-seeded Rafael Nadal or Alexander Zverev.

Djokovic is currently tied with Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles, which means winning the Australian Open would give him a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Even though he is on court at Melbourne Park next week, he will face stiff competition, especially with bookmakers favorite Medvedev, who ended Djokovic’s run in a Grand Slam of the calendar year at the US Open last year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 straight sets won.

Medvedev, who is the No. 2 seed, was a runner-up at the Australian Open last year but was convincingly beaten by Djokovic in straight sets (7-5, 6-2, 6-2) .

Originally published as bookies still have Novak Djokovic as second favorite to win Australian Open

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