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Djokovic Ready For Final Battle

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Djokovic© AFP/Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic has a 10-7 record against Andy Murray in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Novak Djokovic insists that he is ready to play a lengthy Australian Open final against Andy Murray on Sunday.

Their past two Grand Slam championship meetings in last year’s Australian Open semi-finals and the US Open final both went to five sets.

The World No. 1 admitted, "Considering the fact that every time we played in [the] past probably six, seven encounters, it was always long matches, physically very demanding [and] going three sets and five sets in Grand Slams ... I guess we have to expect something similar to happen. I'm ready for that."

The Serbian leads Murray in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 10-7, but he doesn’t think that Murray’s five-set win over Roger Federer on Friday will affect how the Scot plays in the final.

"He’s considered as one of the physically strongest and fittest guys around,” said Djokovic. “So I'm sure he's going to be fit for the finals."

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Djokovic will be bidding to become the first player in the Open Era to win three straight Australian Open titles. Should he beat Murray it would mark his fourth crown overall in Melbourne.

So what does the 25 year old like about the first Grand Slam championship of the season?

"Just [the] conditions in general I like, especially in Rod Laver Arena. It's my most successful Grand Slam. Being in a third consecutive final is an incredible feeling and achievement, so [I'm] very proud of it.

"Now we had a little bit longer off-season which gave us more time to recharge our batteries, to work on some things, to get ready. You come out here and you want to win the first big trophy of the year. I guess that's a fresh start that everybody wants."

Twenty six of Djokovic’s 34 tour-level titles have been won on hard courts. He has won five major championship trophies (5-4 in finals).

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