Novak Djokovic will end 2012 as he began it, as the world’s number one tennis player – and that’s where he is aiming to stay in 2013.
He may not have won as many Grand Slam events as he did in 2012, but Novak still considers it to have been “my most successful year” for reasons that extend into “off court problems”, not least the illness of his father.
He remains, though, as fully focussed on winning as ever and Boylesports, Ireland largest independent bookmaker, are offering prices on the number of Grand Slam events he will win in 2013, which includes 28/1 about him producing a clean sweep.
With the Australian Open running form 14-27 January, punters will not have to wait long for more top-class tennis action.
Boylesports are offering 6/1 about someone other than Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal winning the tournament, and even-money about a Grand Slam event in 2013 being won by someone other than the four big names of men’s world tennis.
Leon Blanche, head of PR at Boylesports, said: “Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray continue to dominate world tennis and it’s hard to see that changing in 2013, despite Nadal’s knee problems”.
He continued: “All good things must come to an end but, of the last 32 Grand Slam titles up for grabs, one of the big four has won 30 of them, which is a measure of the task that lies ahead for the others.”
Boylesports tennis specials:
How many Grand Slam events will Novak Djokovic win in 2013:
For a Grand Slam event in 2013 be won by someone other than Djokovic, Federer, Murray or Nadal? Evens
For the Australian Open 2013 to be won by someone other than Djokovic, Federer, Murray or Nadal? 6/1
For Novak Djokovic to win all four Grand Slam events in 2013, 28/1
For Andy Murray to win Wimbledon 2013, 11/4
For Andy Murray to win Wimbledon in 2013, 2014 or 2015, 4/6
For Andy Murray to be world number one by the end of 2013, 13/8
Dates for your diary:
Australian Open, Monday 14 Jan to Sunday 27 January 2013
French Open, Sunday 26 May to Sunday 9 June 2013
Wimbledon, Monday 24 June to Sunday 7 July 2013
US Open, Monday 26 August to Sunday 8 September 2013