Novak Djokovic continues impressive form into 2012
Last year was undoubtedly the best of Novak Djokovic's career to date; however, it looks as though the world number one is not planning on slowing down during 2012...
The Serb's latest victory came against David Ferrer of Spain at the Abu Dhabi World Tennis Championship; Djokovic managed to triumph over Ferrer with little opposition, finally securing the match with a score of 6-2 6-1.
The win meant a total prize of £250,000 (or £161,000) for Djokovic, as well as the knowledge that he was capable of repeating the impressive performances that saw him rise to the top of the world tennis rankings during 2011.
As well as dispatching Ferrer with relative ease, Djokovic also beat Swiss legend Roger Federer in the semi-finals to book his place in the final match in Abu Dhabi.
When asked about the chances of repeating the his successes of last year, Djokovic replied: "I think, yes. Nothing is impossible, if you believe.
"I think the crucial couple of weeks is now, for me to prepare for Australia. We'll see. It's a long year and a difficult task, but I'm looking forward to it," added Djokovic.
Ferrer did not have such a positive time during his Abu Dhabi campaign, totalling two losses throughout the tournament; despite this, the Spaniard was quick play down the matches in question.
"It was a positive match," said Ferrer. "I played better than yesterday and that was the most important thing."
"It's about getting ready and feeling fine out there and enjoying a great atmosphere here and having the chance to play world-class players."
"Obviously I could tell Novak and Rafa are playing really well. That is not a surprise to me. I expected them to be in good shape for next year and they proved that to me this weekend," he added.
Sky Bet, Paddy Power and bet365 currently offer 11/4 odd that Roger Federer will go on to win the upcoming 2012 Australian Open.