Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka Are The Favorites To Win The Australian Open

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Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the favorites to win the Australian Open beginning Feb. 8, according to bookmaker.eu

Djokovic, 33, is seeking his third straight Australian Open title, his ninth overall and 18th Grand Slam crown.

The Serb and world No. 1 has odds of +135 to win the title and is followed by world No. 4 Daniil Medvedev (+450) and then No. 2 Rafael Nadal (+525) and No. 3 Dominic Thiem (+525). World No. 5 Roger Federer is skipping the event while recovering from two knee procedures last year.

“Physically [Djokovic] is good, and he’s incredibly driven to become the greatest of all time,” retired Australian player Todd Woodbridge told AusOpen.com. 

“He’s obviously the most dominant player to ever play here. And he’s now back in a position where he’s got something to prove. He’s dangerous when it’s like that.”

Djokovic is currently in Melbourne playing in the ATP Cup, where he improved to a perfect 10-for-10 in the event across two years with wins Tuesday in singles and doubles. He led Serbia to the title in the inaugural event last season entering the Australian Open.

Nadal, meantime, pulled out of the ATP Cup Tuesday with a back injury. Of his 20 Grand Slam titles, only one came Down Under in 2009.

Meantime, world No. 3 Osaka is the favorite to win her second title in three years at the Australian Open.

The 23-year-old lives and trains in the U.S. but identifies as Japanese. Her mother is Japanese and her father is Haitian.

The 2018 and 2020 U.S. Open champ is at +480 to win Down Under, followed by No. 7 Aryna Sabalenka at +650, with No. 1 Ash Barty, No. 2 Simona Halep and No. 11 Serena Williams all at +850.

Serena, 39, is still seeking her record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, which would tie Margaret Court atop the all-time list. Williams last won a major at the Australian Open in 2017, when she beat her older sister Venus in the final while pregnant with her daughter Olympia.

In September, Serena lost in the U.S. Open semifinals to Victoria Azarenka. She is 0-4 in Grand Slam finals since becoming a mom.

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