Nicolas Almagro expects "big fight" against David Ferrer

Spain's Nicolas Almagro celebrates during his third round match with Jerzy Janowicz at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 18, 2013
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Nicolas Almagro, who has not beaten David Ferrer in 12 previous attempts, claims that his Australian Open quarter-final match against the world number five will be a "big fight".

Nicolas Almagro has claimed that his Australian Open quarter-final match against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer will be a "big fight".

Almagro, 27, who is currently ranked six places below Ferrer at 11th in the world, has never progressed beyond the last eight at a Grand Slam.

He has also never beaten Ferrer, despite playing him on 12 previous occasions.

"I never beat him, but maybe here will be the first time," said Almagro. "It will be a good fight.

"I know him and he knows me. We never played in a Grand Slam and it's a big opportunity for me to make a semi-final.

"I need to be ready for a big fight."

The winner of the all-Spanish encounter will face either Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka or Tomas Berdych in the last four.

Tomas Berdych celebrates after his first round win at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 14, 2013
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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
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17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
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19United States John Isner2,110
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