Djoker hoping Brisbane start provides Open edge
He's already won seven Australian Opens but Novak Djokovic says basing his lead-up in south-east Queensland for the year's first Grand Slam event has him primed for new heights.
World No.2 Djokovic cut a relaxed figure at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary on Wednesday with Team Serbia, but The Djoker's preparations have been no laughing matter.
The 32-year-old declined a shot at his third Qatar Open crown for the chance to play in the inaugural ATP Cup, which he believes will be ideal preparation for his Australian Open defence.
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"I'm still getting acclimatised a little bit," Djokovic said.
"Back in Europe, it's not as warm as here this time of year so it takes a little bit of time.
"I think it can help because I'm here earlier than most of the years … and I love being here - it hits me with positive energy.
"Coming into Melbourne, hopefully I can bring my A-game. A lot of the guys in the (ATP Cup) team are friends of mine in private life as well so it's a lot of intensity on the court - great practices but also a lot of fun."
Djokovic also made note of the bushfire crisis ravaging Australia, with the self-confessed outdoorsman lending his support to the cause.
"It was really sad to see how many people and animals have been affected by these fires," Djokovic said.
"So it's a mix of emotions (being here) but I'm glad we can talk about it here in public and raise awareness and support.
"I grew up in the mountains, I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors in my country so I love animals and I love spending time with and being close to them."