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All jokes aside, top-ranked Novak Djokovic hoping for a hat trick of Australian Open titles

  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, jokes with a member of his training staff during a training session at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, jokes with a member of his training staff during a training session at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams of the US perform the gangnam style dance during the Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

    Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams of the US perform the gangnam style dance during the Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Serena Williams, centre, of the US celebrates with Serbia's Ana Ivanoic as Novak Djokovic looks on during an exhibition match on Rod Laver Arena during the Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

    Serena Williams, centre, of the US celebrates with Serbia's Ana Ivanoic as Novak Djokovic looks on during an exhibition match on Rod Laver Arena during the Kids Tennis Day at Melbourne Park ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)  (The Associated Press)

Novak Djokovic shelved the conventional preparations for a while, warming up for a shot at a third consecutive Australian title with a bit of weekend hit-and-giggle and a Gangnam Style dance with Serena Williams.

That was for kids' day, when thousands of people flocked to Rod Laver Arena to see 2012 Australian champions Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka hitting in a just-for-fun match with players including past champions Roger Federer and Williams, a cast of human-sized cartoon characters and a marching band that played the tune to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Come Monday, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic will be back to work, hoping his opener against Paul-Henri Mathieu is the first of seven matches this month at the venue where he's had the most success in Grand Slam tennis.