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Novak Djokovic showed his class following his triumph over Andrey Rublev to reach the Australian Open semi-finals with a touching message for his old rival Roger Federer.

“I was fortunate to win that semi-finals, but in the final I lost to Roger,” he said, before huge cheers erupted inside the Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic added: “Lets give him a big round of applause to Roger. Let’s go. He deserves it.

“I had some great battles with Roger over the years. Tennis misses him for sure.

“I’ve seen him dressing up very sharply for fashion week. I’ve seen his skiing. I want to challenge him to a skiing race in a few years.

“He’s enjoying life for sure, it’s nice to see that obviously for tennis he’s been one of the most important players ever to play the game.

“Big regards to him and his family.”

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