Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray renew age-old rivalry in Australian Open final

Significantly, Murray vanquished his Grand Slam nemesis Roger Federer for the first time at a major in a classic four-hour, five-set semi to book his place in the decider. Djokovic described his tennis as "incredible" as he flattened Ferrer in less than 90 minutes on Thursday, giving him two full days to rest and prepare - in stark contrast to his build-up 12 months ago.

updated: January 26, 2013 15:11 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: Novak Djokovic will chase a hat-trick of Australian Open titles in Sunday's final against his US Open conqueror Andy Murray, renewing a growing rivalry which dates back to their junior days.

World number one Djokovic thrives on the Melbourne hardcourt surface where he has won three of his five Grand Slams, and is the hot favourite after his brutal semi-final demolition of fourth seed David Ferrer.

The Serb's confidence is sky-high after his spectacular recovery from his draining five-setter over five hours with Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round, bouncing back with emphatic wins over Tomas Berdych and Ferrer.

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