One of the biggest challengers to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open Betting market may just be given an easier passage to the final.
Alexander "Sascha" Zverev is still available at 39/10 on oddschecker for the Men's Australia Open 2022, but available at 11/4 in most places after authorities revoked Novak Djokovic's visa for a second time.
Third seed Zverev, who sits in the top half of the draw with Djokovic, would gain an easier passage to the final in Melbourne should the Serbian world number one fail with any subsequent legal challenges.
The only other top-six seed remaining in his half would be Rafael Nadal, who last won the tournament in 2009 and has fallen at the quarter-final stage in three out of the last four years, with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrei Rublev all only possible opponents for Zverev by the final.
Earlier this week, oddschecker tennis tipster Graham Ruthven wrote this article about how Zverev will have already been feeling good about his tournament chances - even before the latest news broke on Djokovic.
The German enjoyed a successful 2021 season which saw him navigate the early rounds at the Grand Slams without too much fuss and finish his year with two Masters 1000 titles, the ATP Finals title and a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Andy Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, is another member of the Old Guard working his way back to the top of the sport with the former world number one playing at a much higher level than his current ranking of 135 suggests.
Even still, passage through to the second week at Melbourne Park might be the best Murray can hope for, all things considered - a second meeting with Nikoloz Basilashvili in two weeks awaits him in the first round.