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The world number one Novak Djokovic has revealed that he was plagued not only by a hamstring problem in his quarterfinal match, but also by breathing difficulties. Despite these significant setbacks, he battled through against the tireless David Ferrer to book a place in the semi-finals against fourth seed Andy Murray.

The Serbian looked uncomfortable at times on court, and it occasionally seemed to affect his concentration, but he insists that he will be fully fit in time for the match with Murray.

“I have no concerns of recovering for the next match,” said Novak. “I found it very difficult after a long time to breathe because I felt the whole day my nose was closed a little bit. I just wasn’t able to get enough oxygen.”

This didn’t stop him winning in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 against the Spaniard, whatever problems Djokovic faced on the day. He also paid tribute to his opponent and must be pleased that he managed to find such an impressive level despite his injury worries. “I needed more time, which I didn’t have – but in these conditions, at this stage of the tournament, when you’re playing someone like David, your physical strength and endurance come into question,” said the world number one.

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