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Novak Djokovic is feeling just fine after reaching his ninth Australian Open Final

Novak Djokovic pronounced himself miraculously cured of his stomach muscle ailment ahead of his ninth Australian Open final on Sunday.

He is yet to lose any of his eight championship matches in Melbourne and lies in wait for the winner of the semi-final between Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Having been the subject of mid-tournament drama, Djokovic declared himself pain-free and confident after easily seeing off rank outsider Aslan Karatsev, of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic reached the Australian Open final by beating Aslan Karatsev in straight sets

Novak Djokovic reached the Australian Open final by beating Aslan Karatsev in straight sets

Novak Djokovic reached the Australian Open final by beating Aslan Karatsev in straight sets

The World No 1 overcame a mighty effort from 114th-ranked Russian Karatsev in Melbourne

The World No 1 overcame a mighty effort from 114th-ranked Russian Karatsev in Melbourne

The World No 1 overcame a mighty effort from 114th-ranked Russian Karatsev in Melbourne

‘I never lost in the finals or semi-finals, it just makes me feel more comfortable being on the court,’ the world No 1 said. ‘Each year is different, although it does have a mental effect on me, and maybe on my opponents.’

After a five-day ban, fans were allowed back into Melbourne Park on Thursday, and on Friday Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury were due to have their Brit showdown in the men’s doubles semi-final.

Both are previous Australian Open champions in the two-man code, with Murray partnered by Bruno Soares and Salisbury by Rajeev Ram.

Karatsev was far from overwhelmed by Djokovic but his efforts were not quite enough

Karatsev was far from overwhelmed by Djokovic but his efforts were not quite enough

Karatsev was far from overwhelmed by Djokovic but his efforts were not quite enough

The top seed let out a mighty roar when he took the second set - and it proved to be decisive

The top seed let out a mighty roar when he took the second set - and it proved to be decisive

The top seed let out a mighty roar when he took the second set – and it proved to be decisive

Spectators were able to return to the Rod Laver Arena following a five-day local lockdown

Spectators were able to return to the Rod Laver Arena following a five-day local lockdown

Spectators were able to return to the Rod Laver Arena following a five-day local lockdown

The 27-year-old will sky rocket into the top 50 having never previously been in the top 100