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Djokovic welcomes longer recovery

24 January 2013 13:33

Novak Djokovic said he prefers having the extra rest day to prepare for Sunday's Australian Open final after he thrashed David Ferrer.

The two-time defending champion, a three-time winner at Melbourne Park, said his lead-in to this year's title decider at Rod Laver Arena was barely comparable to 2012, when he had less time to recover from a tough semi against Andy Murray.

"I definitely prefer being fitter for the final and having a little bit more time than I had in 2012," the top-ranked Serb said at his post-match press conference following his 6-2 6-2 6-1 demolition job of Ferrer in the semis on Thursday.

"It's quite different circumstances that I have to face this time. Last year I played five hours in semis and had only a day and a half to recover for another six hours with (Rafael) Nadal.

"This year it hasn't been the case, and I'm very glad. I was pushed to the limit in the fourth round (against Stanislas Wawrinka), (I've) had some really physically tough matches in this tournament, and I'm glad that I went through it."

He added he felt 'incredible' following his well-rounded performance against the soon-to-be world number four Ferrer.

Djokovic dropped just seven points on serve in the 89-minute affair, and said he was pleased to have performed so well against a respected opponent.

"It (the win) can only do positive things to my confidence," Djokovic said.

"Definitely at this stage of a tournament, playing semi-finals against the world number four, somebody that I have respect for, a great competitor, and being able to perform as well as I did, it's incredible.

"I have a great feeling about myself on the court at this moment. Now I have two days off before the finals which gives me enough time to get ready and recover."

Djokovic was preparing himself for any eventuality in the final, even though the man he conquered in just under six hours last year - Nadal - will not be on the other side of the net.

"This two-day break definitely serves me well ... physically, mentally, emotionally, so I can get all my strength for that final.

"I have to be ready to expect a five-hour match or five sets. That's the kind of approach that I have to every single match that I play on grand slams, especially in the second week. No other thoughts than that one.

"And of course I'm going to try to go out on the court and win whoever I have across the net."

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