Number one Novak Djokovic wants to give props to unsung tennis hero David Ferrer, the world number five and odd man out, standing just behind the top four in the game.

The Spaniard did more than make up the numbers as he won into the Australian Open quarterfinals just like the big boys, marking the first time all five men’s seeds have gone this far in Melbourne.

But with Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray consistently grabbing most of the headlines, Djokovic said that the retrieving Spaniard should not be forgotten.

“People mostly talk about the top four because the top four have been the most dominant in the tennis the last couple of years,” said the Serb, “But in my eyes David Ferrer and every player, especially the ones from the top, are great competitors and I have lots of respect towards them.

“I think sometimes they’re underrated, especially Ferrer, who has been so consistent. He’s been a top five player for a long time.”

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