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'Stratospheric' Djokovic in best form of life

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Novak Djokovic (AP)
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Doha - Novak Djokovic will begin the defence of his Australian Open title from January 18 with the ominous warning to flagging rivals that he is in the form of his life.

Speaking after his destruction of Rafael Nadal at the Qatar Open on Saturday -- with both players saying afterwards that the Serb played perfect tennis -- the world number one said he "expected" to play at the same level at this year's first Grand Slam.

"I'm hoping that I can actually peak and play as well as I did today in Melbourne," Djokovic told reporters.

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