Tim Henman: Novak Djokovic little bit more vulnerable but still player to beat at AO

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman is not ready to rule out Novak Djokovic from the Australian Open title contention as the Briton believes the Serb is still the player to beat at Melbourne Park. 

Djokovic, 34, had his visa revoked by the Australian Border Force upon his arrival to Australia.

Djokovic was then transported to an immigration hotel, where he spent the next few days.

Djokovic appealed the decision and on Monday won his case in court. 

After his visa was reinstated, Djokovic hit the practice court at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic is a record nine-time Australian Open champion and he has won the tournament’s past three editions.

“I do think Djokovic is the player to beat,” Henman told Eurosport. “But there’s no doubt that he is a little bit more vulnerable with what’s gone on.”

‘Djokovic not the only candidate for the title’

Henman acknowledged there is a long list of players who have a strong chance of winning it all at Melbourne Park this year. 

“Medvedev, for me is the obvious second favourite. He’s got a Grand Slam title under his belt. I think these conditions really suit him well and he was in the final last year. And he’s very much got the bit between his teeth,” Henman added. 

“But the list is long. It’s great to see [Rafael] Nadal back out there and he obviously won last week in Melbourne and is looking fit healthy and eager. Zverev has been playing better and better. I was impressed with him at the Tour Finals.

“[Stefanos] Tsitsipas has elbow trouble, best of five-set matches, I think that’s a definite question mark. [Andrey] Rublev looking for a breakthrough in the in the big event.

“So there’s lots of people that you can paint a picture for, but in opposite sides of the draw Djokovic and Medvedev are the two clear favourites for me.”

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