Murray to face Djokovic in Australia

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Briton Andy Murray will face defending Aussie Open Champion, Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals after both men won in straight sets in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The British number one had little trouble beating Japen’s Kei Nishikori in a impressive straight sets winning 6-3 6-3 6-1 to reach the last four in Melbourne for the third consecutive year. “It was tough. I didn’t serve well but the returning was good,” said Murray. “It was a good match, a lot of fun points, most of them he was winning so I was trying to keep them as short as possible. But I need to serve better. My game has been getting better each match and I am moving better and I am going to be fresh going into the weekend.”

World number one Novak Djokovic had to overcome a hamstring injury in the second set against David Ferrer but he recovered and defeated the battling Spaniard, 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-1. He will face Andy Murray in a rematch of last year’s final on Friday at 0830 GMT, live on BBC Two.

“It was definitely a physically tough game. Already after a couple of games I felt it was going to be a long night. I was lucky to get out of the second set [because of the hamstring problem]. You just have to keep hanging in there. Players like Ferrer with great character and great fighting spirit always make you play extra well.”

On Murray, “It’s going to be hard – Andy is playing great. He has showed he is in great shape and he has Ivan Lendl [Murray’s coach] on his side. I feel he is physically great and eager to win his first Grand Slam.”

In-form Roger Federer plays Rafael Nadal in the other semi-final on the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday.


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