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Australian Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Repeat Imminent for World's No. 1 Player

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand in his third round match against Nicholas Mahut of France during day six of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 22, 2012

The best tennis player in the world just keeps looking unstoppable.

Yesterday Novak Djokovic advanced to the fourth round of the 2012 Australian Open after destroying Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-0, 6-1, 6-1.

Djokovic is currently ranked as the world's No. 1 player, and it looks like that play will continue in 2012.

He won 10 tournaments last year, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open on his way to an incredible record of 70-6.

Right now, it's looking like the Australian Open is likely to have a repeat champion.

In the final singles match yesterday, Australia's Lleyton Hewitt managed a win over Milos Raonic, placing him against Djokovic in the fourth round.

Hewitt is going to need a miracle to stay alive past Djokovic, who is playing some of the best tennis of his career.

Beyond Hewitt, there still is some dangerous competition remaining in the tournament.

Rafael NadalRoger FedererAndy Murray and David Ferrer are all still alive and competing for the championship.

If Djokovic can come through and win the tournament, he will be just the fifth player in the Open era to win three Grand Slam titles in a row.

Djokovic is yet to lose a set in this year's Australian Open. If he continues this impressive play, it's likely he will be facing one of his rivals yet again in the final round of the tournament.

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