Australian Open 2012: Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray in semis

Djokovic sets up Murray semi in Melbourne as top seed sees off Ferrer in straight sets

Novak Djokovic eased his way to an Australian Open semi-final clash with Andy Murray by beating David Ferrer in straight sets.

The top seed and defending champion won 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 in Melbourne to set up a repeat of last year's final.

Djokovic suffered an injury scare during the second set at the Rod Laver Arena when he was left grimacing in pain and clutching his left leg.

Super Serb: Novak Djokovic was too strong for David Ferrer in Melbourne

Super Serb: Novak Djokovic was too strong for David Ferrer in Melbourne

The Serb walked gingerly between points but gritted his teeth to overcome Spaniard Ferrer.

'I was lucky to get out of the second set, it was a big mental advantage to get two sets up,' Djokovic said.

After the match, he appeared to play down any on-court physical difficulties, saying: 'You have to hang in there.'

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will square up in the first semi-final and Djokovic is looking forward to it

He said: 'I will enjoy it from my couch, they're two out of four or five of the greatest players to play this game, they've been so dominant.

'Every time they play it's a treat. I'm going to have a nice dinner at home and watch them.'

Murray progressed to the last four with a comfortable victory over Kei Nishikori.

Full report to follow…

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Out of reach: David Ferrer just couldn't cope with Djokovic

Colourful crowd: Djokovic fans give the top seed their backing in Melbourne

Colourful crowd: Djokovic fans give the top seed their backing in Melbourne

Well played: Ferrer congratulates Djokovic at the end of their match

Well played: Ferrer congratulates Djokovic at the end of their match