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It is fair to say that Novak Djokovic has a tough act to follow in 2012. This year the 2011 ITF World Champion won three slams, a record amount of prize money and a record-breaking five ATP Masters 1000 titles. He won 41 consecutive matches at the beginning of the year and qualified for the end-of-season finals in less than 19 weeks, another record.

However, the hardest thing for the Serb to repeat is his mastery of his biggest rivals. He won six straight finals against Rafael Nadal (including two slam finals) and also beat Roger Federer and Andy Murray in the latter stages of majors. People who bet on Bet on Australian Open matches should remember this.

This domination will not be repeated, but the world number one will enjoy some benefit of his stellar 2011 season in Melbourne. Great things are expected of the reigning champion, but this pressure is more than off-set by the psychological edge he holds over his rivals.

They know that Djokovic will keep coming (as he did saving match points to beat Federer at Flushing Meadows) and that his all-round game is one to fear. He also particularly likes the Australian Open, having made his initial breakthrough by winning downunder in 2008. The Online Betting on Tennis reflects just how much progress he has made.

He has overcome the fitness issues that saw him retire at the quarter final stage in 2009 and 2010 and finds his consistency and accurate groundstrokes well-suited to the Plexicushion Prestige surface.

Djokovic has never played Nadal at Melbourne but will be confident of claiming another final victory against the Spaniard having won nine of their last 11 clashes. He has won six of his 10 matches against Murray and has improved his record against Federer to 10 wins and 14 losses by winning four of their last five meetings. It is inconceivable that anyone else will beat the holder as it is a hard enough job for the rest of the big four.
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