Novak Djokovic dwelled on his loss to Andy Murray in last year's US Open final for only a few days, and feels relaxed and ready for what he expects will be a long and draining rematch tonight.
As Murray spent four hours ending Roger Federer's tournament in a Friday night semi-final, Djokovic used his day off to practise, recover and watch his opponent play.
He has beaten Murray twice since the New York final that lasted almost five hours and that he forced quickly from his mind, winning at both the world tour masters and the world tour finals.
''I was disappointed to lose that match, definitely,'' Djokovic said. ''You know, you always are if you're losing in the finals of a grand slam. But I know I didn't do anything particularly wrong. He was just a better player that day.
''I think with all these years of experience playing on the top level and playing many matches that were deciding, you know, title, on the grand slam events, I think that necessary experience helped me to overcome any kind of loss or disappointment that I feel.
''I feel it after the match, there's no question about it. There's a certain, let's say regret, for not being able to come out as a winner, but it goes away after a few days only.
''Because tennis is a very demanding sport, and you have to turn to a new page and you have to already play the week after, two days after. That's usually the case in our scheduling.''
Djokovic was dragged through a long five-set match before beating Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round, the match lasting until 12-10 in the deciding set.
His path since then has been more gentle than that of Murray - Djokovic needed just 89 minutes to dismiss David Ferrer on Thursday night - but he said Murray's excellent conditioning meant his easier run would be no advantage.
The 25-year-old will play his third consecutive Australian final, and is reaching for his fourth trophy, having broken through for his first major win in 2008, and won the 2011 and 2012 events.
- The Age