Andy Murray is through to the semi-final of the Australian Open after he defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets to set up a potentially mouth-watering semi-final against Novak Djokovic, should the World number one beat David Ferrer.

The Scot was relatively untroubled throughout, completing a 6-3 6-3 6-1 victory and ensuring he made his third consecutive Australian Open semi-final.

Murray's opponent was the first player from Japan to reach the last eight of Melbourne in 80-years but sadly the world number four was far to good for the 24<sup>th seed.

Despite Murray's dominance throughout, he only managed to register 44% of his first serves in against the 22-year-old Japanese starlet, and he admitted his malaise was only halted by his superior returning.

"It was tough. I didn't serve well but the returning was good," Murray said.

Djokovic and Ferrer meet on Wednesday and the victor will play Murray on Rod Laver Arena at 0830GMT on Friday.