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Djokovic out to Retain Australian Open Crown

By January 4, 2013

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Novak DjokovicAustralian Open defending men's singles champion Novak Djokovic (Serbia) is out to defend and retain his title in this year's Grand slam tournament in Melbourne.

Djokovic was Australian Open men's singles champion in 2011, defeating the UK's Andy Murray, and 2012, defeating Spain's Rafael Nadal.

On the way to this year's Open, Djokovic lost in straight sets to Australia's Bernard Tomic on January 2 at the Hopman Cup in Perth.

Last year's Australian Open runner-up Rafael Nadal is not playing in the Melbourne Grand Slam tournament this year.

The Australian Open begins on January 14 at Melbourne's Melbourne Park and closes with the men's singles final on January 27.

Photo Novak Djokovic © Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

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