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Fresh and fit Djokovic happy to carry lighter workload in title clash
January 26, 2013
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MELBOURNE: Supremely confident Novak Djokovic says he is feeling fitter and fresher than he did carrying last year’s leviathan workload as he sits back and waits for Sunday’s Australian Open final.

The world number one has the benefit of an extra day’s rest and is in prime position to go after his fourth Australian title against US Open champion Andy Murray, who beat Roger Federer in five sets in their semi-final late on Friday.

Djokovic’s confidence is sky-high as he builds towards a shot at his sixth Grand Slam crown.

“I definitely prefer being fitter for the final and having a little bit more time than I had in 2012,” Djokovic said.

“It’s quite different circumstances that I have to face this time.

“Last year I played five hours in the semis and had only a day-and-a-half to recover for another six hours with Nadal.

“This year it hasn’t been the case, and I’m very glad. I was pushed to the limit in the fourth round and I’ve had some really physically tough matches in this tournament, and I’m glad that I got through it.

Agence France-Presse
 

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