Australian Open 2012: Murray relishing Djokovic semi-final

British No1 Andy Murray admits he is looking forward to taking on Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals

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Andy Murray is aiming to reach his third straight Australian Open final Photo: Mirsasha, via Flickr

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Andy Murray is relishing his chance to take on Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open again after the British No1 eased into the semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over Kei Nishikori.

The British No1 had little trouble in securing a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win over his Japanese opponent in Melbourne to book a place in his fifth straight Grand Slam semi-final.

The 24-year-old Scot lost to Djokovic in last year’s final – but Murray believes a match against the world No1, who disposed of David Ferrer to reach the semis, will help him track his improvements over the last 12 months.

“I’ve always liked playing against him [Djokovic],” said Murray. “After the year that he had, the loss [in the final] didn’t look so bad six months later.

“But I’d like to get the chance to play him again. It [will be] a good marker to see how I’ve improved since last year.”

Murray, who will take on Djokovic at around 0830GMT on Friday, added: “It’s good to see that I’ve been playing my best tennis at the Slams because that’s something I wanted to make sure I was doing.

“That wasn’t always the case and it’s good to see that’s been paying off. I’ve been preparing the best I could for them.”

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