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Australian Open: I can shock Federer, says Djokovic

Novak Djokovic set up a semi-final showdown with Roger Federer at the Australian Open after a straight-sets win over Tomas Berdych.

The third seed won 6-1 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 in two hours and 32 minutes and will now play defending champion Federer, who proved too strong for Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

“I am taking one match at a time but if I continue playing like this I have a good chance,” said Djokovic of his last-four meeting with the record 16-time grand slam champion. “I have nothing to lose playing Federer, he is defending the title and I have to believe in myself to win that match.”

Djokovic could have been in for a long night when he found himself 4-1 down in the second set after taking the first with ease, but he battled back to take it to a tie-break which he then claimed to end Berdych's resistance.

“I played really well in the first and third sets and I was on and off in the second. I was a bit defensive and gave him some opportunities to get back into the match,” he added.

Federer made even smoother progress earlier in the day. Wawrinka was simply blown away as Federer cruised through 6-1 6-3 6-3. Federer said: “I think it was a good match for me really.

“I started off well, was able to serve and return really well.

“I expected him to serve bigger, because the ball travels faster through the air (during the day). For some reason I was able to return him well. On my own service games I was really good, too. I think that really set the tone for a good match for me.”

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