Novak Djokovic "feeling phenomenal" ahead of Australian Open

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While still wishing to stay involved in tennis at some level, Murray admits his passion for football could move to the next stage.

But after Djokovic's apparent return to form following his split from Boris Becker in the off-season, the Serb has now been made the favourite with many bookmakers.

After Djokovic saved match points in his semifinal versus Fernando Verdasco, it was he who would surrender those match points this time around as he had a chance to serve out the match in the second set. "I think that was an emotional win for me, but at the same time, it wasn't unexpected", said Dimitrov. "Obviously, I am disappointed not to win tonight, but I played pretty well the last couple of the matches".

World No 1 Murray had started 2017 at the head of the betting but Djokovic has nudged ahead in Sky Bet's outright market following his three-set triumph over the Scot at the Qatar Open. "Playing all five matches in this tournament and then three hours against No. 1 of the world, biggest rival and winning in a thrilling marathon match", said Djokovic.

Murray might have gained greater confidence with Djokovic's drop, and it's hardly surprising that he found more stability and titles since his reunion with coach Ivan Lendl.

Murray, though, saw plenty of positives, despite coming off second best in the first meeting between the two players since the Briton knocked his rival off the world No. 1 spot.

The 29-year-old Scot may have relinquished his unbeaten run of 28 competitive matches to Djokovic in this month's lead-in Qatar Open, but feels he's in the right shape to finally hoist the trophy at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic said that he was unaware that the ball had hit someone and said it was an accident.

"I definitely didn't want to hit the ball at anybody", Djokovic said. "But I guess third time's the charm!"

Some players are no longer sure what to call him, says Fraser, but the Scottish tennis star has decided against using his title in everyday life.

"It is one of the big moments for me". But once he gets going he's nearly impossible to stop and we saw the form a year ago; the semi-final and final was absolutely breathtaking tennis. "Most of the matches we play it's always going down to the very last few points to decide the victor".