Novak Djokovic Has Odds of 4/5 To Finish 2017 as Top Ranked Tennis PlayerPublished on December 29th, 2016 8:47 pm EST
The main storyline in tennis on the men's side of things in 2017 will be the ongoing battle between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
In 2016, Murray mounted a ferocious attack on Djokovic's #1 ranking in the second half of the year, finally catching the long-time #1 ranked player in the last quarter of the year. This was a very big deal, as Djokovic's stranglehold on the men's tennis world has been formidable over the past couple of years.
Many people attribute Djokovic's fall-off in 2016 to "personal issues" that reportedly plagued him earlier in the year. Djokovic was frequently out of sync this year and was dispatched early from a number of tournaments.
Murray, on the other hand, seized on the opportunity and was practically unbeatable.
The Australian Open, which Djokovic has dominated over the course of his career, is just around the corner.
After a gruelling slog of a year in 2016, pros like Djokovic, Murray and Federer will set out on another tour. Most everybody expects that Djokovic and Murray will be battling it out for the #1 ranking all year, though others such as Wawrinka and Raonic will have something to say about that.
As you can imagine, Murray and Djokovic are the two odds-in favourites to finish 2017 as the #1 ranked player in all of men's tennis. Here are their odds:
Novak Djokovic, 4/5
Andy Murray, 5/4
As you can see, oddsmakers expect that Djokovic will likely be the #1 player by the end of 2017, though the odds are incredibly close. So close, in fact, that it is basically a coin flip.
Here are the other players that have 100/1 or better odds of finishing 2017 as the world's #1 ranked player:
Stan Wawrinka, 25/1
Milos Raonic, 25/1
Juan Martin del Potro, 40/1
Kei Nishikori, 50/1
Roger Federer, 33/1
Rafael Nadal, 33/1
Will Djokovic be able to rebound from the issues that plagued him in 2016? Will Murray be able to continue his momentum? Will somebody else step up to throw a wrench into the works?