Novaj Djokovic in action against Stanislas Wawrinka. Wawrinka caused a major upset by beating the reigning champion Djokovic in a classic five-set marathon.
Author: Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Many big names have already fallen at the Australian Open 2014 and Djokovic has just joined the unlucky ones.
On the other hand, Swiss Wawrinka is moving upward to reach the status of his senior former Swiss Roger Federer.
An increasingly upcoming tennis ace Stanislas Wawrinka held his nerve to win an epic five-set battle with Novak Djokovic on 21st January night in Melbourne, prevailing with 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 to reach his first Australian Open semi-final.
Wawrinka also ended the Serb’s three-year reign Down Under.
Wawrinka overturned a 2-15 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic tonight, breaking the Serb in the final game to clinch victory in four hours.
Wawrinka joins Roger Federer as the only two Swiss men to reach multiple Grand Slam semi-finals.
World No. 2 Djokovic took advantage of an error-strewn first set from Wawrinka, winning five games in a row from 2-2 to clinch the opener and start the second set.
Wawrinka halted Djokovic’s run of games as he reeled off four straight points in the second game, and nearly broke Djokovic in the next game, thwarted on three break points.
Djokovic’s attempts to mix up the play were proving futile as Wawrinka clinched the third set. Djokovic stayed in touch in the fourth set and upped his intensity as the set developed.
Djokovic had the early advantage in the decider fifth set as he broke for a 2-1 lead. But his lead was short-lived as Wawrinka immediately levelled, taking advantage of tight play on the forehand by Djokovic.
Wawrinka saved break points to hold for 3-2 and 4-3 before more drama as play was briefly interrupted by light rain, with Wawrinka serving at 5-5, 40/15.
Four minutes later the players were back on court and a Wawrinka ace closed out the game.
Thus, Djokovic streaks come to an end at Australian Open.
Djokovic displayed a brave heart after losing the game, he was seen pleasantly talking to Wawrinka after the defeat.
The 26-year-old Djokovic was contesting his 19th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final and saw his 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park come to an end.
After winning his first Grand Slam championship in Melbourne in 2008 (d. Tsonga), the Belgrade native had won three successive titles from 2011-13.
Djokovic suffered his first loss since the US Open final, when he was beaten by fast runner Rafael Nadal.