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Djokovic: Hamstring not a worry

25 January 2012 14:24

Novak Djokovic has dismissed concerns over a fitness scare ahead of his Australian Open semi-final against Andy Murray on Friday.

World number one Djokovic felt pain in his left hamstring during a straight-sets quarter-finals win over David Ferrer on Wednesday.

In the fourth game of the second set, the Serbian stretched for a shot and finished the point clutching at his leg muscle.

He then stayed down on his haunches for several seconds grimacing in pain.

Nevertheless, Djokovic was able to not only take the set in a tie-breaker but then race away with the third in 30 minutes, sealing the match 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-1.

Speaking afterwards, the 24-year-old was adamant he will go into the clash against Murray with a clean bill of health.

"Well, luckily for me it wasn't something that stayed there for (a) long time," Djokovic said.

"It was just a sudden pain but, look, you could expect before coming to this match that it's going to be very physical (because) David makes you run, makes you play an extra shot, makes you earn your points."

"But look, in these conditions, at this stage of the tournament, when you're playing somebody like David, somebody that has great shots from both sides from the baseline, makes you always play over five to ten shots in the rally, your physical strength and endurance comes into question."

"I think actually I'm not concerned about that at all."

"I'm really fit and I have no concerns of recovering for the next match."

Djokovic boasts a 6-4 win-loss record against Murray and while he lost their most recent encounter last year in Cincinnati, he triumphed in straight sets in their only Grand Slam meeting, last year's final at Melbourne Park.

"Well, it's a new year (and) new challenges for all of us," Djokovic said.

"But he looks fit, he's been playing well (and) he's definitely I think very motivated to win his first Grand Slam."

"He's been proving to himself and to the rest of the people that the Australian Open is probably his best Grand Slam."

"But on the other hand I have been playing quite well here in last couple years (and) we have to expect a great match."

"A tournament cannot ask for better match-ups in semi-finals (and) I hope that I can step out on the court trying to repeat the same thing I did last year."

"But it's definitely going to take a lot of effort to be a winner from that match."

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