Stanislas Wawrinka ready for "tough battle" with Tomas Berdych

Stanislas Wawrinka says that Tomas Berdych will provide a "tough battle" in the last four of the Australian Open.

Stanislas Wawrinka has conceded that he will have to overcome a "tough battle" with Tomas Berdych to reach the final of the Australian Open.

The Swiss player has been tipped to reach Sunday's showpiece event following his five-set victory over defending champion Novak Djokovic earlier today.

However, while the 28-year-old has accepted that he has a "big chance", he insists that world number seven Berdych will provide a stern test.

"It's for sure a big chance. Berdych is playing well since the beginning of the tournament. He's going to be a tough player to beat. He already made one final in a Slam. He already made the semi-finals in every Grand Slam. He's really close to the top, top guys. It's going to be a tough battle," he told reporters.

Wawrinka has won the last three meetings between the two players.

Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych celebrates his victory against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina during their men's singles match on day five of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2014
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