Novak Djokovic "feeling phenomenal" ahead of Australian Open

Novak Djokovic reacts during the French Open final against Andy Murray on June 5, 2016
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Novak Djokovic sends out a message to his Australian Open rivals, claiming that he is feeling at the top of his game as he goes in search of a third title in a row.

World number two Novak Djokovic has declared that he is at the top of his game heading into the first Grand Slam of the year, as he goes in search of a seventh Australian Open crown.

The 29-year-old got the better of Andy Murray, the man who usurped him to be crowned the men's top-ranked player at the tail end of 2016, in last week's Qatar Open final in Doha.

Djokovic endured a bad second half to the last calendar year, exiting Wimbledon at the third-round stage and also suffering defeats to Juan Martin del Potro and Stanislas Wawrinka at the Rio Olympics and US Open.

With five days to go until the Australian Open kicks off, though, the Serbian ace is feeling in fine form and is confident of becoming the first player in history to win the event seven times.

"I'm feeling phenomenal," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. "I'm excited as everyone else to be at probably the best Grand Slam in our sport.

"Considering the memories that I had here and the results in the past, I'm glad to be back again. This is the year in 2017 for seven, seven - I don't know, I'm not a numerologist, but it sounds good."

Djokovic is the winner of 12 Grand Slam crowns in all, including both of the last two major tournaments Down Under.

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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060