Novak Djokovic marches into the semi-finals of the Australian Open

Cash praises impressive Novak Djokovic for winning without playing at best

Cash praises impressive Novak Djokovic for winning without playing at best

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Djokovic stormed to a 6-1, 4-1 lead against Kei Nishikori in his semi-final clash this morning but then the Japanese star withdrew with a thigh injury.

Nishikori was troubled by an upper leg problem and had an extended injury time-out after being rumbled in the first set 6-1.

Every time Djokovic has reached the last four in Melbourne he has gone on to win the tournament.

We also saw Kei Nishikori edge Pablo Carreno-Busta in a dramatic final set tiebreak, Lucas Pouille shock Borna Coric, and Alexander Zverev implode in his defeat to Milos Raonic. The victor will then face either Rafael Nadal or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The world No 1 said: 'I love to battle, especially against Kei, we've played so many matches. I hope it's not too serious and he has a speedy recovery.

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" I've played a lot of matches this year".

Awaiting him there is Pouille, who prior to this year's tournament had not won a match at Melbourne Park.

Any fears the 14-time Grand Slam champion may be hampered were quickly allayed.

The No 8 seed had spent nearly 14 hours on court during the Grand Slam event but after another 52 minutes battling against the world No 1, he was unable to continue. However, it's also worth pointing out that his five-setter in the previous round, against Marin Cilic, only lasted ten minutes more than Tsitsipas' four set triumph over Roger Federer, so if we consider Bautista-Agut worn out, it should be more to do with his exertions earlier in the tournament, as opposed to the last two rounds.

"As they say, this is exactly what the doctor ordered", he told Jim Courier in their on-court interview.

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