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Novak Djokovic recently became only the second player to enjoy more than 300 weeks at the number one ranking (joining Roger Federer) and is the 13/10 favourite for the 2021 Australian Open.

Federer and Djokovic have dominated the tournament in recent times lifting the trophy on six and eight occasions but the Swiss misses out with a knee injury.

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Dominic Thiem gave Djokovic a tough match in last year's final (losing in five sets) and is 11/2 to go one better. Plenty of other players will fancy their chances, including, of course, Rafael Nadal, who is a 6/1 shot.

Talented Russian Daniil Medvedev capped off an impressive 2020 season with his victory at the World Tour finals and is 11/2 to register his first Grand Slam success.

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Tennis's next generation of stars have had to wait a long time to muscle in on the big prizes but a changing of the guard could be on the horizon and its' process could be accelerated by US Open champion Thiem, who could win the 2021 Australian Open.

The Austrian came close in last year's final - losing 4-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 4-6 to Djokovic, who landed an eighth Melbourne title and maintained his 100 per cent record in Australian Open finals.

Djokovic finished the year with five singles titles but he was disqualified from the US Open at the fourth round stage after unintentionally striking a ball at a lineswoman, and he won just seven games in his French Open final loss to Nadal.

The Serbian was not at his best at the season ending ATP Tour finals either - losing 5-7 7-6 6-7 to Thiem in the last four - and will have to improve if he is to add to his tally of 17 Grand Slams.

Australian Open Prediction

There are a few players capable of taking Djokovic's crown but Thiem looks the best equipped after his triumph in New York last year.

Thiem was victorious at Flushing Meadows without having to beat any of the long-established big three (Djokovic, Federer and Nadal) but has won his most recent matches with all of them and now looks ready to compete for Grand Slams on a regular basis.

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It is probably only a matter of time before Medvedev picks up a Grand Slam and the moment could arrive at Melbourne Park if he repeats the standards set over the course of his victory at the 2020 ATP Tour Finals.

However, the 24-year-old looks short enough odds for somebody who has contested just one Grand Slam final - losing a five-set thriller to Nadal at the 2019 US Open.

The Russian challenge could also feature a strong showing from seventh seed Andrey Rublev, who is maturing into a fine player and is priced up more attractively at 28/1.

Rublev was a quarter-finalist at the 2020 US Open and French Opens and could contend at some big events in 2021.

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There is no shortage of experience in the field and it would be wrong to discount Nadal, who has lifted the trophy once and lost four finals.

However, 13 of Nadal's 20 Grand Slam victories have been at the French Open and he looks a short enough price. Another veteran with an outside chance is 100/1 shot Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Nadal in the 2014 final.

Wawrinka turns 36 in March but has reached the last eight at Melbourne on six occasions, including last year when his run included an impressive 6-2 2-6 4-6 7-6 6-2 success over Medvedev.

Australian Open Men's Tips 

1. Dominic Thiem to win @ 11/2
2. Andrey Rublev to win @ 28/1
3. Stan Wawrinka to win @ 100/1

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