Novak Djokovic is the prime candidate for winning the 2020 Australian Open. It’s been like that for a while now, but in the recent couple of days, the odds have dropped even further, making him a strong favorite for adding another trophy to his collection.
Speaking of which, the Serbian player is the all-time record holder for most Mens’ Singles Championships won at the Australian Open.
At the moment of writing, the odds on Novak Djokovic to lift the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup stand at +135, having dropped from as much as +160 in just a few weeks. The reason? His impressive performances at the ATP Cup last week.
Novak Djokovic was the key man to help Serbia win the inaugural ATP Cup, beating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the crucial match. Nadal, who is currently no.1 in the ATP Rankings is listed as the second favorite to win the 2020 Australian Open.
- Novak Djokovic +135
- Rafael Nadal +400
- Daniil Medvedev +800
- Roger Federer +1000
- Stefanos Tsitsipas +1100
- Dominic Thiem +1400
- Alexander Zverev +1600
- Nick Kyrgios +2800
- Denis Shapovalov +3300
- Grigor Dimitrov +3300
Climbing the ATP Summit
Before winning the ATP Cup, Novak Djokovic was trailing behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP List by 930 points. Right now, the point gap between the two is only 515 ranking points. What this means is that the Serbian player could dethrone the Spaniard pretty soon.
Djokovic is coming into the 2020 Australian Open as the defending champion, having won the 2019 tournament after beating Nadal in the final. If he manages to retain the title and Nadal fails to reach the semis, Djokovic is going to get to the top of the ATP Rankings.
Considering how Djokovic has been playing lately, winning another Grand Slam does sound very plausible. The question is how far can Nadal go in Melbourne?
Dark Horses of the Australian Open 2020
Famous for his fantastic performances on clay, Nadal has shown a major improvement on hard courts recently. One of his biggest achievements of 2019 was winning the US Open, another Grand Slam played on the hard surface. Last year, he also won the French Open and reached the semi-final of Wimbledon.
The Australian Open might not be his favorite tournament, but he would certainly love to win it once again. He won his only Australian Open title back in 2009.
Another player looking capable of challenging Djokovic’s bid for the Australian Open title is the 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev. Last season, the towering Russian won more matches on the hard courts than any other player.
His form seems to be improving all the time, although he did lose to Djokovic at the ATP Cup. Still, we saw Medvedev giving Djokovic a run for his money, pushing the Serbian to three exhausting sets. And in 2019, he got the better of Djokovic on two occasions.
Another player who seems capable of getting ahold of the trophy is veteran Roger Federer, who could be playing his last Grand Slam of the career. Then, there’s also Stefanos Tsitsipas, as well as Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, all of whom have been playing very well lately.
Finally, the best Australian player Nick Kyrgios is hoping that with the support from the stands he might be able to do wonders.