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Novak Djokovic believes his barnstorming display against Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters shows he is now back to his best.
The Serb started the year superbly, winning the Australian Open but has fallen foul to the brilliance of Rafael Nadal who, after missing the second half of 2012 and the opening months of this year due to injury, has come back even stronger, winning both the US and French Opens.
His form has seen him rise back to the top of the world rankings and he proved his dominance by beating Djokovic in the final of September’s US Open 6-2 3-6 6-4 6-1.
However, the world number two has bounced back in fine style, beating his rival in the final of the China Open in Beijing before continuing his form in the following week’s Shanghai Open where he defeated Juan Martin del Potro to take the title.
His progress has continued this week in the French capital and he booked his place in Saturday’s semi-finals with an excellent 6-1 6-4 win over Wawrinka and will now play Roger Federer in the last four.
Djokovic has his eyes set firmly on winning his second Paris Masters title and believes he is now starting to find his best form.
“I played really well in the Grand Slams, even though I thought I could have won at least one more,” he told reporters. “Now it’s the last few weeks of the season and I just feel extra motivated to play better and better as the weeks go by.
“In China I had probably the best two weeks of the year except for the very beginning of the year so it gives me a lot of confidence. I feel that I’m back where I need to be.”