A great rivalry at the top of tennis has existed for quite some time as the battle between Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic for who would be the first to claim 21 grand slams has been around for a while – whilst Djokovic would have been the clear wagering favorite at sites like these offering wagering odds, his ban from the Australian Open which Nadal would go on to win put an end to hose hopes, but there are plenty more tournaments to come and Djokovic still has some good years left in his career – so can he reclaim the grand slam lead?
At least for one of the competitors, the hopes of competing may not be around for too much longer – Roger Federer has been battling with health issues and at 40 years of age may be coming towards the end of his career – if he is to compete at another grand slam there is still the possibility of a surprising win, but his career may end at the current 20 wins. At 35, Nadal still has a good chunk of his career left so will continue to be a big competitor and this recent win will inspire more confidence, particularly with the French Open and Nadal’s best tournament coming quickly which could secure an easy 22nd if injury can be avoided and good health remains.
Djokovic’s hopes may have been temporarily put on hold when it was announced he may not be able to play at the French Open following the Australian Open drama, but that decision was soon overturned and the world # 1 will have a chance to compete once again – there are still questions around future events too, under usual rules Djokovic may not be able to enter Australia to compete in its tournaments for the next three years but that ban can be waived under certain circumstances, and the likelihood of the situation is that any potential block will be lifted and he’ll return to normal play in future events, but there was a moment in time where his entire international career could’ve been jeopardized by actions leading up to the Australian Open.
Djokovic will certainly remain a wagering favorite for many tournaments to come and much like Nadal, at 34 years of age he still has a long career to go, there will be plenty of opportunities to re-claim the lead in the grand slam standings particularly with the change in entry to the next big tennis open, and perhaps with a fiery passion to secure a big win.