Dodig blitzes past Munoz de la Nava to reach final

Ivan Dodig is looking to continue his red-hot form against Paolo Lorenzi in the Canberra Challenger final.

The Croatian fifth seed pushed aside Daniel Munoz de la Nave 6-1 6-3, taking a little over an hour to propel himself into the final against the number one seed. Dodig said that he is feeling more assured with each match and that he is confident of producing more of the tennis which brought him this far.

Dodig's purple patch has come at a fortuitous time.
Dodig's purple patch has come at a fortuitous time. Photo: Graham Tidy

"I came out with good tennis on court which really gave me good confidence for tomorrow," he said. "I feel great on court so tomorrow will hopefully be same again."

Dodig's purple patch has come at a fortuitous time, as it was today revealed that he will likely face Novak Djokovic in the second round of the Australian Open and will need to play his best tennis for a win over the world number one.

Dodig insisted that he is only thinking about tomorrow's final and not Djokovic, but conceded that the Serb was in rare form.

"He [Djokovic] is playing the best tennis by far for the last few years, nobody is even close to him and it's very tough to make some kind of preparation," Dodig said.

Dodig remains positive, citing his year so far as the best start to a season he can remember.

"I feel great so far, I would say the best beginning of year for me. I played some good tennis in Brisbane and I played good tennis here in Canberra and hopefully I will continue that form in Melbourne."

The final of the Canberra Challenger between Dodig and Lorenzi is at 1pm on Saturday at the Lyneham Tennis Centre.