During the tennis winter break, we’re taking a look at the Novak Djokovic odds for 2023 and whether he will enjoy more grand slam glory.
The Serbian superstar took his tally of major wins to 21 when successful at Wimbledon in July, which was the highlight of a frustrating campaign.
He was unable to compete at the Australian Open and the US Open due to Covid vaccination issues, but did end the year on a high note with victory at the ATP Finals for the first time since 2015.
With problems relating to the pandemic receding, Djokovic is 16/1 to claim all four grand slam titles in 2023, a feat last achieved in the men’s game by Rod Laver in 1969.
The 35-year-old won three of the majors in 2011, 2015 and 2021 and can be backed at 4/1 for exactly that number next term.
Punters can also get 10/3 he draws a blank, as he did in 2017.
Nole finished 2022 ranked fifth in the world, toiling 2,000 points behind Carlos Alcaraz and 1,200 adrift of the teenage sensation’s Spanish compatriot Rafael Nadal.
He had ended each of the previous two seasons on top of the table to make it a record seven times and is 9/10 to get back to the summit when the 2023 campaign closes.
“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that what I hold in my mind is a huge hunger still to win trophies,” said Djokovic after his Turin triumph.
“To make history in this sport, compete on the highest level all around the world, bring good emotions to sports fans, tennis fans – that’s what drives me a lot.”
Let’s also take a look at the odds for Djokovic to prevail at each grand slam tournament:
Odds for Djokovic to win the Australian Open 11/10
Djokovic has lifted the trophy in Melbourne a record nine times and completed a hat-trick of title triumphs from 2019 to 2021 before having his visa cancelled and being deported for being unvaccinated prior to the 2022 renewal. He was subsequently given a three-year visa ban, but the Australian government has since overturned that ruling, freeing him up for a return Down Under. Djokovic said of that decision: “The Australian Open has been my most successful grand slam. I made some of the best memories there. Of course, I want to go back there, I want to play tennis, do what I do best, hopefully have a great Australian summer.”
Odds for Djokovic to win the French Open 7/4
Roland Garros has been Djokovic’s least fruitful grand slam venue, having only come out on top twice in Paris, when beating Andy Murray in the 2016 final and then edging out Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set epic in the 2021 decider. Nole has lost in four finals, with three of those defeats coming against Nadal. His supporters will hope that the king of clay can be eclipsed approaching his 37th birthday, although Alcaraz could now prove a tough nut to crack on his favourite surface.
Odds for Djokovic to win Wimbledon Evens
Djokovic was successful for the seventh time at the All England Club when coming from behind to beat Nick Kyrgios in four sets. He suffered a major scare in the quarter-finals when trailing Jannik Sinner 2-0 but rallied magnificently. The Serbian ace has won four straight renewals of the grass-court gland slam and, with a gap-year in 2020 due to Covid, his last loss in SW19 came when forced to retire through injury in the 2017 quarters.
Odds for Djokovic to win the US Open 8/5
A 2022 withdrawal was forced by the federal government’s vaccination policy and Djokovic was defeated in straight sets by Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 Flushing Meadows decider. In fact, he hasn’t left New York with the men’s singles trophy since 2018, when securing his third Big Apple triumph by beating Juan Martin Del Potro in the final. Djokovic defeated Nadal in the 2011 decider and Roger Federer in the 2015 championship match. Hard courts do suit Nole, as 27 of his 38 Masters titles have come on that surface, but fitness issues have hampered him in the fourth slam of the season.
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