Nadal counting on new approach to avenge 2012 loss to Djokovic

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in the final

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in the final

"I am not new on this".

"We know to play short points against Novak is not easy, because he's one of the best movers on the tour and one of the best returners, but to me (Nadal) has the weapons to make the points shorter".

"I'm just trying to contemplate the journey in the last 12 months", said Djokovic. "I have been playing against a player that was at the highest level possible, in my opinion".

Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent - just a guy, really - and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands entirely.

January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park.

The clock passed the two-hour mark as Nadal found himself serving to stay in the match, and Djokovic pounced to round off the most comprehensive of Grand Slam final victories over the 32-year-old, with their previous seven meetings lasting at least four sets.

Novak Djokovic has been crowned Australian Open champion after beating Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

Djokovic's domination continued, however, with the Serb not dropping just one point in five service games to clinch the opening set in 36 minutes. He couldn't find the extra shot he needed in rallies to claw his way back into the match. A tweaked serve and that lasso of a forehand are making Nadal as risky as ever; he hasn't dropped a set in Melbourne.

"The only thing I am sure I am not going to play something before these two events". That's the sport, " Nadal said.

Then again, Nadal conceded, "When the player did nearly everything better than you, you can't complain much". That gave Djokovic one more break of Nadal than the zero that the Spaniard's five preceding opponents had managed. He dropped his head and looked down at the court.

"These are the kind of matches that you live for - finals of slams, playing the greatest rivals at their best".

"I had some disappointing moments where I lost to him".

Nadal retired from his Australian Open quarterfinal past year because of a right leg problem; stopped again during his U.S. Open semifinal in September with pain in his right knee; had offseason surgery on his right ankle; pulled out of a tuneup tournament this month because of a bothersome thigh. "I'm going to keep fighting hard to be a better player". It was unbelievable the way that he played, no doubt about that.

"Twelve months ago after the surgery because I wasn't playing well, I wasn't feeling good on the court - I was questioning everything".

"What on other days have been a serve and a ball that I can have in offensive position, today have been in defensive position".

As for winning on the clay of Paris, Djokovic said: "The ultimate challenge is to win there against Nadal".

The next major is the French Open, where Djokovic will be aiming to hold all four major titles.

But Djokovic has most certainly thrown his hat into that ring and the mark remains a motivation for him.

Then, snapping his fingers to illustrate his point, Nadal said: "But the things started so quick (snapping fingers)".

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