Novak Djokovic believes he’s at the peak of his superhuman powers as he chases an unprecedented sixth Australian Open men’s crown.
Djokovic already stands unchallenged as the world No.1, the Serb boasting double the rankings points of Andy Murray after sweeping to last year’s Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open titles.
Now the 28-year-old will take on either Murray or big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic on Sunday having taken his tennis to new levels.
Djokovic was spellbinding in the opening two sets of his 6-1 6-2 3-6 6-3 semi-final destruction of Roger Federer, almost unplayable in pounding winner after winner and making just eight errors in 54 minutes.
“I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis, but I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career,” Djokovic said.
“I’ve had some moments against him in sets where I’ve played on a high level, but this was, I think, a different level than from before.
“I’m just very, very pleased that I was able to perform the way I did from the very beginning till the end.”
Federer had to draw on every ounce of his class to extend the match to four sets.
But the 17-times major champion’s challenge was over just minutes after he won the point of the tournament with a sublime backhand pass down the line on the run.
Djokovic had all the answers.
“I don’t think I’ve done too much wrong in the third,” he said.
“When you’re playing one of your top rivals, somebody of Roger’s resume, of course it requires a lot of focus, determination and a different preparation for that match-up than most of the other matches.
“So that’s why I came out with I think a great deal of self-belief and confidence and intensity, concentration.
“I mean, I played flawless tennis for the first two sets, no doubt about it.”
So supremely confident is he that Djokovic, seeking to join Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg on the all-time grand slam leaderboard with 11 majors, doesn’t care who he faces in the final.
“No, I’m going to enjoy my two days off,” he said.
“It’s good for me at this stage. I’ve played a lot of tennis. Actually it’s going to serve me well for my recovery.
“Being in the finals and watching the other semi-finals, of course it’s quite a joyful feeling.
“Whoever wins, I’m going to be ready for the great battle.”