NOVAK Djokovic insists the scars from Qatar ExxonMobil Open quarter-final defeat are merely temporary as the world No 1 plots a fifth Australian Open victory.The Serb will transfer immediately to Melbourne Park in the wake of a sapping 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 defeat to Croat veteran Ivo Karlovic.
The world No 1 was in a curt mood after losing the doubles semi-final 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 with fellow Serb Filip Frajinovic to archrival Rafael Nadal and Argentine Juan Monaco but soon managed to refocus.
“I had plenty of matches, singles and doubles, I think six in total, so I think it’s good,” he said.
“Obviously I wish I could go further at least in singles, but it’s the way it is.
“It was a good week.”
Djokovic will base himself over the next week at Melbourne Park, where he traditionally excels, as the short-priced favourite to add a fifth Australian Open title to his tally.
“I’m going to be in Melbourne for the Australian Open, just preparing myself and trying to get used to the time change as quick as possible,” he said.
“Knowing that I have a great record in Melbourne for Australian Open for so many years gives me enough confidence that going into 2015 tournament.”
Djokovic said he was still suffering the effects of a virus “but it will be fine for Melbourne.”
The Serb was extremely frustrated after failing to crack Karlovic’s serve in a tense clash made more difficult by a dust storm.
Karlovic offered no break points in 17 games, cracking 21 aces and a mountain of unreturnable balls in a magnificent display.
Djokovic stalked back to the locker room in defeat, barking at officials that he needed only a 15-minute break before contesting doubles.