MELBOURNE, Australia - Appearing uncomfortable for much of the match, defending champion Novak Djokovic held on to beat David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-1 and complete a blockbuster semifinal lineup at the Australian Open. Alexis Sanchez Chile Jersey. He leads the top four men in tennis into the semis at Melbourne Park ¡ª Djokovic against No. 4 Andy Murray, who won his quarter-final match earlier Wednesday 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 over Kei Nishikori of Japan. On Thursday, No. 2 Rafael Nadal plays No. 3 Roger Federer, the first time the two former top-ranked stars have met in a semifinal since the 2005 French Open. It marks only the third time that the top four seeds have advanced to the semis at the Australian Open ¡ª previously it was in 1988 and 2005. It was also the 14th time at all Grand Slams since the Open Era began in 1968, but it has happened in three of the last four ¡ª after the U.S. Open and French Open last year. Djokovic rubbed the back of his upper left leg on several occasions, looked on the verge of being physically sick in the second set and buried his head in towels several times during breaks. Late in the third set, a tired-looking Djokovic sat down on a linesmans chair during a line-call video challenge by Ferrer. "I was lucky to get out of the second set, it was a big mental advantage to get two sets up," Djokovic said. An hour after the match, Djokovic further played down the possibility of any injuries, saying: "I dont have any physical issues." "I feel very fit and I feel mentally, as well, very fresh," he told his post-match news conference. "Its just today 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 wasnt able to get enough oxygen." Ferrer said he couldnt be sure if Djokovic was healthy ¡ª or not. "You have to ask to him," Ferrer said, "he ran perfect all the match. Nothing special." The Nadal-Federer semifinal matchup has been rarely possible because the pair held the top two spots for most of the time between 2005 and 2010, meaning they could only meet in the finals after being placed in opposite sides of the draw. Djokovic said hed be watching the Nadal and Federer match like any tennis fan. "I will enjoy it from my couch, theyre two out of four or five of the greatest players to play this game, theyve been so dominant," Djokovic said. "Every time they play its a treat. Im going to have a nice dinner at home and watch them." Murray, for his part, is also surprised to be not facing Nadal in the semifinals. "It has been amazing, I pretty much drew to be in Nadals half ... almost every Slam," Murray said. "I cant remember the last time I wasnt in his half of the draw. Its been a long time." In mens doubles action, Torontos Daniel Nestor and Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi reached the semifinals, defeating Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and German Christopher Kas 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2. Nestor, 39, has played in four Australian Open doubles finals and won the title with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas a decade ago. "We came her to win the event," Nestor said. "Weve gone this far but the matches are only going to get tougher. "Thats why we had the short off-season and came early to Brisbane. Hopefully we can win, its been a long time for me here." In junior play, Vancouvers Filip Peliwo defeated Czech Marek Routa 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the third round. But Peliwo and Serbian partner Pedja Krstin lost 6-4, 6-7 (6), 10-3 tiebreak to Australians Andrew Harris and Nick Kyrgios in the doubles quarter-finals. Second-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal beat American Christina Makarova 7-5, 7-5 in third-round girls play. 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