New fitness test as Novak Djokovic takes on David Ferrer

Djokovic, who has confirmed his number one ranking by reaching the semi-finals, has beaten the Spaniard twice in the Melbourne quarter-finals and twice in the US Open semis, and is the favourite again on Thursday.

updated: January 23, 2013 14:16 IST
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Melbourne: Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face another test of his extraordinary fitness when he takes on Spanish terrier David Ferrer for a place in the Australian Open final on Thursday.

The Serbian world number one has looked the player to beat so far with an epic five-set, five-hour victory over Stanislas Wawrinka and an untroubled dismissal of fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

Now comes a war of attrition with the relentless Ferrer, whose never-say-die attitude will again test Djokovic's stamina in an expected long, drawn-out night semi-final on Rod Laver Arena.

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