Ahead of the first Grand Slam of the New Year in January, Bookies.com suggest five reasons why Serbia star Djokovic will win again Down Under.
With the first Grand Slam of 2016 just over a month away, the Australian Open, Bookies.com give punters five reasons why odds-on 10/11 favourite (best price with Boylesports) Novak Djokovic will lift the trophy yet again.
2015 was Djokovic’s best year to date
After a fantastic 2014, in which Djokovic claimed Wimbledon and ATP Tour Finals titles, as well as finishing runner-up at the French Open, he somehow bettered that feat this year.
The Serb reached all four Grand Slam finals, wining three of them, and also went all the way at the season-ending event at London’s O2 Arena for his fifth success and fourth in succession to cap off his best ever campaign.
Unstoppable Novak in his prime
As stated above, Djokovic has been almost invincible in 2015, in fact he only lost six times and won the other 82 – an outstanding record of 93 per cent.
It is hard to believe he is still just 28 and arguably may not even be at the peak of his powers, so watch out all challengers next year as he aims to extend his deficit at the top of the rankings. Djokovic currently has nearly double the points as second-placed Andy Murray.
Australian Open is his favourite Grand Slam
With 10 Grand Slams in total, half of the world number one’s have been at this event in Melbourne, starting with his first ever major in 2008.
Djokovic is also the reigning champion, has won four of the last five and it seems no one will really come close to snatching the title back off him. He also has the record amount of triumphs here in the Open Era.
Best of the rest have tailed off
Although Murray is ranked number two in the world, Roger Federer has been Djokovic’s biggest challenger recently. However, with the Swiss now in his mid-30s and having not won a Grand Slam since 2012, he should be no trouble for the Serb in Australia.
King of clay Rafael Nadal have become less of a threat too, while young pretenders such as Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and Grigor Dmitrov look no nearer to claiming their first major.
Djokovic chasing all-time title record
Serb star Djokovic currently sits seventh in the all-time list of Grand Slam titles won, and the ultra-competitive modern tennis great is just seven behind Federer’s record of 17.
No doubt Djokovic will have that benchmark in mind and it is certainly reachable if he can match his trophy feat of 2015, starting with the Australian Open, which he is also one behind Roy Emerson’s total in the Amateur Era.