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Novak Djokovic issues rivals with Australian Open warning: 'I'm ready'

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If the sight of Novak Djokovic cruising to the Qatar Open title on Saturday was not troubling enough for his rivals, the world No.1 has claimed he is more than ready to defend his Australian Open crown.

Djokovic dismissed Rafael Nadal 6-1 6-2 in Doha to claim his first crown of the year -- and sixth title in a row -- and the Serb revealed his preparations for the first Grand Slam of the season, which gets underway on Jan. 18, could not have been better.

"It gives me a great deal of confidence for the rest of the season," Djokovic told reporters after his Qatar victory. "But my thoughts are only directed to Melbourne and what I need to do there.

"The week that I have before the Australian Open starts will be very useful for me because I have played a lot, trained very hard, played a great five matches here.

"I'm going to try to manage the energy in the days to come and work on certain specific things, but I'm ready for the competition. That's where I'm hoping I can continue this run and this great level of performance."

Djokovic capped a remarkable 2015 in which he won Wimbledon, the Australian Open and US Open, and reached the final of the French; he also beat Roger Federer at the World Tour Finals in November.

Djokovic has claimed to be feeling fresher than ever and avoided exhibition tournaments before Qatar after a gruelling 2015 to ensure he started this year in good shape.

But last year also saw him become a father for the first time and the 28 year old admitted the addition to his family has caused a few sleepless nights during tennis' short offseason.

"I spent most of the time with the baby in my arms," Djokovic said. "I didn't have too much time for myself. Whenever [my son] is awake I try to be helpful to my wife and spend time with him. It's very important to me.

"Obviously this offseason was completely different from any offseason that I ever had. Even the holiday that I had is no more lying on the sunbed and going snorkeling or stuff like that, because there's not much time or energy for that.

"But it's lovely. It's a new chapter of my life, and I enjoy it. I was actually saying already in the last 12 months or so how that has positively reflected on my tennis and my mindset, and actually finding the meaning and the purpose to whatever I'm doing.

"Now everything has kind of clicked and aligned for me in a way, so I'm trying to enjoy life as much as I can."