Novak Djokovic happy with recovery from Stanislas Wawrinka epic

Novak Djokovic celebrates defeating Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 22, 2013
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Novak Djokovic says that he is doing "everything legal" in order to recover in time for his matches at the Australian Open.

World number one Novak Djokovic has said that he was prepared to go "another five hours" in his Australian Open quarter-final clash with Tomas Berdych.

The Serbian overcame the fifth seed in two hours and 31 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, just two days after being pushed hard by Stanislas Wawrinka, triumphing 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 12-10 in four hours 43 minutes.

Djokovic, who is defending champion in Melbourne, said that he used all of his powers of recovery to be ready in time to face the Czech number one.

"I felt good enough to go another five hours," said Djokovic. "People who don't know tennis, who have never been in those kinds of situations, would not truly understand what the player has to go through - not just when you prepare for a Grand Slam, but also during a Grand Slam.

"After five hours of a match, you need to really put a lot of time into recovery, different kind of recoveries.

"I understand that many people have many different views and opinions, and I respect that. But I'm doing everything that is legal, that is correct, that is natural that I can, possibly can in my power, and it's working well."

The 25-year-old will now face David Ferrer in the last four.

Novak Djokovic in action during his quarterfinal match  at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 22, 2013
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ATP RankingsPoints
1Spain Rafael Nadal7,645
2Scotland flag Andy Murray7,150
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,690
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Alexander Zverev4,470
7Croatia Marin Cilic4,155
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,710
10Japan Kei Nishikori3,195
11Canada Milos Raonic2,870
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,690
13Belgium David Goffin2,525
14United States John Isner2,425
15Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,385
17United States Jack Sock2,345
18Australia Nick Kyrgios2,325
19Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,310
20Lucas Pouille2,210