Vonak Djokovic
Djokovic celebrates after reaching the semi-finals of the competition after defeating Milos RaonicReuters

A mouth watering semifinal clash between Novak Djokovic, four time Australian Open winner, and the defending champion, Stanislas Wawrinka is set to be played later today at the Rod Laver Arena.

Both players have been in top form en route to the competition winning their matches with ease.

Wawrinka has only dropped a single set in the competition -- against Garcia-Lopez in the fourth round of the competition -- while Djokovic has an even better record, where he has not dropped a single set on his way to the semifinals.

World number one, Djokovic will be eager to take revenge against Wawrinka, who knocked him out of the competition in the fourth round last year.

Djokovic is coming into the match after defeating eighth seed Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. The first set was a tough affair for the Serb, but he came out trumps in straight sets.

Talking about the first set, Djokovic said: "Well, of course, it was a close first set, but I thought I had more chances in the first set than him. Managed to stay tough in the right moments and win the crucial first set.

"Obviously winning it in a tiebreak and making the break of serve first game of the second set was definitely huge really for me.

"I could start swinging through a little bit more, be more aggressive into the court. You know, since that first game of the second set I played a great match."

But, Djokovic is well aware of Wawrinka, who has been in great form, shown by the win over Japanese Kei Nishikori in straight sets.

''Yes. He [Wawrinka] played a great match. Kei has been playing his best tennis in the last 12 months. To be able to win straight sets against him is pretty impressive," said Djokovic.

"Being the defending champion, obviously he's got some of the pressure here. He is facing this kind of role for the first time in his life. He's been playing some great tennis under the circumstances."

But, the Swiss player who turned pro in 2002, does not feel he is under pressure, despite being the champion.

"As I said before the tournament, I don't feel pressure by defending the title because I don't come here to defend it," he said. "I come here as a new challenge, a new Grand Slam.

"That's how I start the tournament. I'm really happy to be already in the semifinal, to play that well so far."

With Andy Murray already having reached the final of the Australian Open, after defeating Tomas Berdych, the Scot awaits the winner of the second semifinal.

Where to Watch Live

Djokovic's semi final clash against Wawrinka will be shown live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD, after the Women's doubles final between Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova and Jan Chan/ Jie Zheng match.

But, the Serb's match with Wawrinka will not start before 7:30 pm local time ( 2 pm IST, 8:30 pm GMT, 3:30 am ET).

Viewers in India can also catch all the matches live on livsports.in. Audience across the world can also watch both the matches live on the Australian Open website's live option.

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