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“Last time we played here on New Year’s eve he got on the stage and sung. I just hope he won’t embarrass me like that again.” says Ana!

Ivanovic’s immediate aim is to win the $1 million Hopman Cup mixed-teams event in Perth, where she will partner world No.3 Novak Djokovic in a powerful Serbian team. The pair also joined forces in 2006 but failed to progress past the group stage.

“He’s a joker, he’s a very nice guy,” Ivanovic said of Djokovic. “I’ve known him since before we started playing tennis, so we’ve been friends for a long time. “We make jokes all the time. Serbia enter the tournament as the No.1 seeds but must negotiate there way past group opponents Australia (Lleyton Hewitt, Alicia Molik), Belgium (Ruben Bemelmans, Justin Henin) and Kazakhstan (Andrey Golubev, Yaroslava Shvedova) to reach the final. The major threat in group B is Great Britain, whose pairing of Andy Murray and Laura Robson reached the final last January.

A confident Ana Ivanovic has set her sights on snaring a second grand slam title and a top-10 ranking next year as she attempts to recapture her golden form of two years ago. Ivanovic tumbled out of the world’s top-60 earlier this year before a late rally, in which she captured titles in Austria and Bali, saw her finish the season with a ranking of 17. The 23-year-old, who earlier this month appointed Antonio van Grichen as her new coach, said she had regained the confidence that saw her shoot to No.1 in the world and claim the French Open in 2008. “Once you lose it (confidence), it feels like it’s very hard to get back,” Ivanovic said on Thursday ahead of the Hopman Cup in Perth. “In my case I tried to search for it in many different directions, different places, different people, but you realise that it’s all the time within you. “You just have to discover it … just realise it’s within you and believe in yourself first. “That’s what I was lacking a little bit so to have that back is great. “I want to get back to top 10 (next year) and hopefully win another slam. “I was really fortunate in my career to have so far already won a grand slam and reach number one position. “If I had to choose, I would always choose a grand slam over the number one ranking. “I know I have the potential to win some more and one would be a good start next year.”

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