Novak Djokovic has drifted in the betting for the first Grand Slam of 2018 after being forced to delay his return to action following an elbow injury. The 6-time Australian Open champion must now be considered a doubt to take his place in the draw for January’s tournament in Melbourne after withdrawing from an exhibition match in Doha and then the Qatar Open.
Neither Djokovic nor Andy Murray has played a competitive match since Wimbledon because of their ongoing injury problems, but prior to Christmas the 30-year-old Serb was a 7/2 chance with Paddy Power for the Australian Open ahead of his anticipated return to the court. However, he is now out to 5/1 with the Irish bookmaker after declaring that he will only play again when he is 100% ready. Defending champion Roger Federer heads the betting, with his odds cut from 11/4 to best price 5/2 at BetVictor. Last year’s runner-up Rafael Nadal is alongside Djokovic at 5s with Ladbrokes, with Murray 10/1 at Paddy Power.
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