Novak Djokovic expecting tough test from David Ferrer

Novak Djokovic punches the air during the his fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka on January 20, 2013
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Novak Djokovic reveals his game plan for his Australian Open semi-final against David Ferrer.

Novak Djokovic is anticipating a tough test when he faces David Ferrer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The world number one revealed that his game plan is to be "aggressive" and prevent the Spaniard from settling into the match.

"I need to be aggressive on the court, that's for sure," ESPN quotes him as saying. "I need to step in and try to be in control of the match, otherwise he makes his own rhythm, he makes his own pace on the court. That's where he's very dangerous.

"He's a great competitor. He's somebody that has a lot of respect from all the players because he's playing so many tournaments and works very, very hard.

"You can see because he's basically in his 30s one of the fittest players around and is playing the best tennis of his life in the last 15 months. It's the semis of a grand slam, so I expect a tough match."

Two-time defending champion Djokovic is hoping to secure a sixth grand slam title in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic punches the air during the his fourth round match against Stanislas Wawrinka on January 20, 2013
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1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
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
16United States Jack Sock2,335
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18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
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