Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge thinks Novak Djokovic is “the heavy favorite” to win the Australian Open title.
While Djokovic was in Turin for the ATP Finals, the Australian government informed him that his three-year ban from entering the country was rescinded.
With that being said, record nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic is set to return to Melbourne Park in 2023.
Before Djokovic was denied participation at this year’s Australian Open, he captured three consecutive titles at Melbourne Park.
Many felt that had Djokovic been allowed to play, he would have been the top favorite for the title and would have likely won the 2022 Australian Open title.
Woodbridge on Djokovic at Melbourne Park: The heavy favorite
“I think that’s the best scenario for the tournament because we want the best players playing at the Australian Open. What goes into the [Australian] Open in terms of the build-up, prize money, what it does to our reputation around the world – we want the very best to be allowed to come here and allowed to play. Given the fact that Novak has won it nine times, he goes into it now as a heavy favourite after not being allowed to play this year,” Woodbridge said on Wide World of Sports Radio.
Djokovic, who owns the record for the most weeks spent at No 1, is currently the fifth-ranked player in the world.
Even though Djokovic is not anymore the top-ranked player in the world, Woodbridge feels that the Serb is still the best player in the world.
“In my mind, the rankings this year are so skewed. He [Djokovic] is still the No. 1 player in the world and to have him back is really important,” Woodbridge added.
When Djokovic was asked about the news from Australia, he admitted he was relieved to receive that positive news.
It remains to be seen if Djokovic will enjoy a strong return to Australia and win a record 10th Australian Open title.