Australian Open – only Djokovic standing in Murray’s way

Published by on January 12, 2017

Sir Andy Murray heads into the Australian Open as joint-favourite alongside Novak Djokovic.

After the year he’s had, you could do a lot worse than putting money on the Olympic and Wimbledon champion. In fact, other than Djokovic, there aren’t many other serious contenders.

The major concern for Murray will be his mentality. Australia hasn’t always been kind to him, whereas for Djokovic, he’s won the tournament six times.

Nonetheless, given the year Murray’s just had, the world number one will be feeling good about adding to his tally in 2017.

Neutrals will obviously be hoping that Murray vs Djokovic is kept for the final, or at least that the top two come up against each other at some stage.

The pair met last weekend, and that match yielded mixed results for the Brit. He may have suffered defeat in Qatar for the first time in 29, but he was still able to enhance his position as world number one.

All this leaves both Djokovic and Murray both at 13/8 to win the Open. The next closest player is Stan Wawrinka, who’s at 12/1, but it’s going to be tricky for him to cause an upset given the duo’s formidable form.