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I want more, Djokovic warns Open rivals

AAP logoAAP 6 days ago Darren Walton

Forget his No.2 seeding or supposed form slump, six-time champion Novak Djokovic believes he can not only defend his Australian Open title but also accomplish feats not seen in tennis for almost half a century.

He may have been removed from the top of the rankings and dethroned of his Wimbledon and US Open crowns, but Djokovic has made it patently clear he has no plans to play second fiddle to anyone in 2017.

Asked if he was as hungry as ever to land an unprecedented seventh men's singles title in Melbourne, family man Djokovic - without a hint of hesitation - said: "That's one of the biggest reasons why I am here".

"Otherwise I wouldn't be here if I don't have an intention to win," the Serb told AAP after launching his latest "Made By" film series for Jacob's Creek.

Djokovic was the last of the big guns to arrive in Australia for the season's first major, preferring to spend more time with his wife and two-year-old son following a statement win over new world No.1 Andy Murray in the Doha final on Sunday.

The 12-time grand slam champion admitted acclimatising to Australia's brutal summer conditions was always "challenging" coming from winters in Europe.

But the 29-year-old Hall of Famer - who opens against Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco - backed himself to once again make the necessary adjustments.

"That's why you come five or six days earlier before your first match to get a hit, to adjust to the conditions and to prepare for one of the four biggest events in the sport," Djokovic said.

"Australia has always been a very positive experience for me, by far my most successful grand slam. I love playing at Rod Laver Arena, I love the vibe of this tournament."

Five months after clinching his record-equalling sixth Australian Open title last January, Djokovic again denied Murray in the French Open final to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam titles simultaneously.

He's not done yet, though.

"I can't copy or try to replicate anything that I've experienced as a player or as a person in any of those previous years, but that doesn't mean that I cannot do exactly the same results-wise - or even better," Djokovic said ominously.

But while threatening to return to the impossible standards he set in 2015/16, Djokovic the father and husband understands he will need to do it in a different way.

"I can't get into the shape of 2015 and '16 because that's behind me," Djokovic said.

"Only thing I can do is create my own shape and that's what I'm trying to do - 2017 is a completely new year and new challenge and everything that happened before is an experience that I take lessons from.

"I move on as a new person because circumstances in life are very much different today than they were yesterday or any year before."

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