Novak Djokovic: David Ferrer will be "tough"

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action against Ryan Harrison during the second round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 16, 2013
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World number one Novak Djokovic talks up David Ferrer's ability ahead of their semi-final clash at the Australian Open.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has admitted that he will face a "tough match" against David Ferrer when the pair meet in the semi-final of the Australian Open later this week.

Ferrer has found it difficult to beat Djokovic during previous encounters but the Serbian believes that his opponent is currently playing some of the best tennis that he has ever produced.

"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," said world number one Djokovic.

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

Djokovic booked his place in the final four of the competition earlier today courtesy of a four-set win over Tomas Berdych in Melbourne.

Spain's David Ferrer makes a forehand return in his third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 18, 2013
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