Djokovic content ahead of history bid

25 January 2013 04:15:01 EST

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic believes that he is in prime position to become the first man to win three consecutive Australian Open titles in the open era.

World number one Djokovic demolished David Ferrer in the semi-finals and is delighted to be back in the final in much better shape than he was 12 months ago.

Right now I feel great on the court.

Novak Djokovic

In 2012 Djokovic edged out Andy Murray in five sets to reach the final, where he outlasted Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam final in history.

"I definitely prefer being fitter for the final and having a little bit more time than I had in 2012," Djokovic admitted. "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. Right now I feel great on the court."

Djokovic lies in wait for the winner of the second semi-final between Andy Murray and Roger Federer, with the world number one holding a 10-7 winning record against Murray and a 16-13 losing record against Federer.

Djokovic is 7/4 to complete a full set of Grand Slam titles by winning the French Open this year, with Federer 8/1 to triumph on the clay and Murray 1212/1.

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