World number two Andy Murray is desperately looking for weaknesses in Novak Djokovic’s game ahead of the start of the Australian Open.
Djokovic, the world’s best player, was in the same sublime form during Saturday’s Qatar Open final as he was for most of 2015, smashing Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win his first title of 2016.
Last year, Djokovic won three grand slam titles, lost in the final of the other, lifted six Masters Series crowns and won the ATP Tour Finals for a fourth successive time.
Murray has lost in the final of the year’s first grand slam on three separate occasions, and the Scot is well aware that on current form, the Serb is nigh on unbeatable.
“My number one goal is to try and win here,” Murray told Sky Sports.
“Maybe he has a drop-off, it’s very difficult to maintain that level for such a long period. That’s all you can do.”
World number three Roger Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the finals at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows last year, was also impressed by the level of tennis Djokovic played during his 6-1, 6-2 triumph over Nadal.
“To some extent it’s surprising for sure,” Federer admitted following his loss to Milos Raonic in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
“Maybe not so much because he’s been on a roll for a while now. Of course, he is the favourite for the Australian Open. Plus he’s played well there historically.”