David Ferrer relishing Novak Djokovic clash

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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David Ferrer believes that Novak Djokovic is the world's best player but insists that he is not daunted by the prospect of facing the Serb in an Australian Open semi-final later this week.

David Ferrer has admitted that he will have to find a new level of performance to overcome Novak Djokovic if the pair meet in the semi-finals of the Australian Open later this week.

The Spaniard came from two sets down to beat Nicolas Almagro 6-4 6-4 5-7 [4]6-7 2-6 in today's first quarter-final thanks to a spirited fightback.

Djokovic or Tomas Berdych await Ferrer in the final four but he has insisted that he will relish the chance to test himself against the defending champion should he progress.

He told reporters: "Nole is a special player, he has every shot. Finally in the fifth set, Djokovic was better physically than Wawrinka and I think he will be recovered, for sure, because he is physically unbelievable.

"He's the best, I think. He's the number one of the world and the favourite to win the Australian Open for me.

"I will see the match tonight [with Berdych]. But anyway I will have to play better than today for to win, for sure."

Ferrer has a poor record against the Serb, winning just four of their 14 matches and losing all four times they have met in a Grand Slam.

David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro shake hands following their Australian Open quarter-final on January 22, 2013
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ATP RankingsPoints
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
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
18Lucas Pouille2,220
19United States John Isner2,110
20United States Sam Querrey2,060