The World No 1 has the benefit of an extra day’s rest and is in prime position to go after his fourth Australian title against US Open champ Andy Murray.
Djokovic demolished Spaniard David Ferrer in less than 90 minutes in Thursday’s one-sided semi-final, in stark contrast to 12 months ago, when he had to dig deep to win the title after fighting off Murray in a five-set semi-final over 4hr 50min ahead of his 5hr 53min final triumph over Rafael Nadal, the longest-ever match at Melbourne Park.
“I definitely prefer being fitter for the final and having a little bit more time than I had in 2012,” Djokovic said. “It’s quite different circumstances this time. Last year I played five hours in the semis and had only a day-and-a-half to recover for another six hours with Nadal. This year it hasn’t been the case, and I’m very glad. Right now I feel great on the court.”