Australian Open 2013: Updated Betting Lines for Men's Singles Winner

Matthew DickerContributor IIIJanuary 15, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves in his first round match against Paul-Henri Mathieu of France during day one of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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We are just two days into the 2013 Australian Open, and though the top of the men's singles draw still looks untouchable, there have already been a few upsets a little further down the list, as three of the top 25 men's singles players in the world have been defeated in their first round matches.

Now that handicappers have taken a look at the top players in the draw and have seen how they are playing—and how they are adjusting to the sweltering heat—there has been some movement on the odds for the tournament's top players. Novak Djokovic is unsurprisingly still the overwhelming favorite to defend his title, with Andy Murray and Roger Federer not too far behind. After the three competing members of the Big Four, Juan Martin Del Potro, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych are each given a decent chance to stage an upset at Melbourne. 

The men's game has become notoriously top-heavy in recent years, with the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray not only winning 30 of the last 31 Grand Slams, but also 23 of the last 25 Masters tournaments. With Nadal's nagging health concerns and Federer's advancing age, some believe that for the first time in years, the opportunity exists for someone outside of the Big Four to win a Grand Slam, and that the Australian Open is the most likely opportunity for a new champion to be crowned. 

1 Novak Djokovic 10/11
2 Roger Federer 5/1
3 Andy Murray 11/4
4 Rafael Nadal Withdrew-Injury
5 David Ferrer 25/1
6 Tomas Berdych 50/1
7 Juan Martin Del Potro 16/1
8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga  40/1
9 Janko Tipsarevic  80/1
10 Richard Gasquet 200/1
11 Nicolas Almagro 200/1
12 Juan Monaco Defeated-1st Round
13 John Isner  Withdrew-Injury
14 Marin Cilic 200/1
15 Milos Raonic 80/1 
16 Gilles Simon 500/1
17 Stanislas Wawrinka 250/1
18 Kei Nishikori 150/1
19 Philipp Kohlschreiber 500/1 
20 Alexandr Dolgopolov Defeated-1st Round 
21 Tommy Haas Defeated-1st Round
22 Sam Querrey 250/1
23 Andreas Seppi 750/1
24 Fernando Verdasco 300/1
25 Mikhail Youzhny 500/1

Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes