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Djokovic Ailing But Still Overcomes Ferrer

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DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic last night ensured a reprisal of last year's final against Andy Murray when eliminating David Ferrer but the scoreline is not an accurate portrayal of the drama that unfolded at Melbourne Park.

While a straight sets Djokovic progression 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-1 would normally indicate that the Serbian was at the top of his game, it is certain the Scot will take heart into tomorrow night's semi-final given the unusual antics of his rival.

In contrast to Djokovic's progression, Murray's 6-3 6-3 6-1 was most orderly.

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