The ongoing Australian Open has moved into the business end of the competition with Novak Djokovic set to play David Ferrer in the semi-finals of the competition. Both the players have played well to reach the last four of the competition and they need to be on top of their game when they are pitted against the other to reach the finals of the tournament.
Djokovic is the top seed of the competition and is expected to win the match as well. But he needs to be wary of the fourth seeded player, Ferrer who has had a decent run in the tournament. He has defeated players such as N. Almagro, K. Nishikori, M. Baghdatis who were seeded 10, 16 and 28 respectively in the championship. But his class stood out against all opponents who came on his path to the last four of the championship. Ferrer also knows that his biggest test would lie today, when he puts up a fight against Djokovic for a place in the finals of the Australian Open.
Djokovic has looked strong in all the matches so far. He survived his biggest scare in the fourth round duel against S. Wawrinka, the Swiss player who made him sweat till the final point. The match was a tantalising close affair with the game stretching to five sets with the last set score reading an incredible 12-10. This clearly shows the class of Djokovic, who hung until the last point, also signifying his tough mental presence in the court. This has all come from the experience of playing crunch matches over the last 6-7 years in the ATP circuit.
One cannot rule out the mental toughness of the Spaniard as well which can be justified from his quarter-final encounter against N. Almagro. He came back from two sets down to win the match and set up a clash with Djokovic. Ferrer also has plenty of experience by his side as he turned pro in 2000. It is surprising to notice that the Spaniard after having played so much of grand slam matches is yet to win a grand slam and more surprisingly- never reached any grand slam finals as well. On the other hand, Djokovic has been one of the most successful grand slam players with five titles. It does not look too good for Ferrer as Australian Open has been Djokovic's favourite title, which he has won as many as three titles.
The winner of this match will wait for the result of the other semi-finals to be contested between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. The finals of the championship will be played on January 27 2013.