Up-to-date: January 25, 2012, one:34 PM ET
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Showing uncomfortable for significantly of the match up, defending champion Novak Djokovic held on to conquer David Ferrer 6-four, seven-6 (4), six-1 and complete a blockbuster semifinal lineup at the Australian Open up.
Djokovic leads the very best four males in tennis into the semis at Melbourne Park, advancing to a matchup against No. four Andy Murray, who won his quarterfinal match up before Wednesday 6-three, six-three, six-one over Kei Nishikori of Japan.
It marks only the third time that the very best 4 seeds have innovative to the semis at the Australian Open -- it formerly occurred in 1988 and 2005. It was also the 14th time at all Grand Slams mainly because the Open up Period started in 1968, but the third time in the very last 4 majors, including the U.S. Open up and French Open final year.
Djokovic rubbed the again of his upper left leg on multiple situations, seemed on the verge of staying bodily ill in the second set and buried his head in towels quite a few situations in the course of breaks. All through the 3rd set, a drained-seeking Djokovic sat down on a linesman's chair during a line-name online video problem by Ferrer.
"I was lucky to get out of the 2nd set. It was a gigantic psychological edge to get two sets up," Djokovic stated.
He also performed down discuss of any injuries.
"I don't have any bodily challenges," Djokovic claimed. "I truly feel unbelievably healthy and I believe mentally, as clearly, highly fresh new. You'll find it just right now I noticed it exceptionally really difficult when a lengthy time to breathe given that I felt the complete day my nose was closed a minor little bit. I just was not capable to get ample oxygen."
The Nadal-Federer semifinal matchup has been almost never doable merely because the pair held the very best two spots for most of the time among 2005 and 2010, which means they could only meet in the finals upon becoming placed in opposite sides of the draw.
Djokovic mentioned he'd be watching the Nadal and Federer match up like any tennis admirer.
"I will love it from my couch. They're two out of 4 or five of the biggest gamers to play this activity, they've been so dominant," Djokovic said. "Every time they play you'll find it a handle. I'm heading to have a good supper at household and enjoy them."
Murray, for his portion, is also shocked not to have to experience Nadal in the semifinals.
"It has been unbelievable, I quite a lot of drew to be in Nadal's fifty percent ... practically every single Slam," Murray stated. "I won't be able to try to remember the previous time I was not in his half of the draw. It truly is been a extended time."
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