Found January 20, 2013 on Bush League Chronicle:

Novak Djokovic channeled his inner-Hulk on Sunday immediately following his narrow 5-set victory over Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10. Both players wound up leaving the court exhausted after the fourth-round match took over five hours to complete. But in the end, it was the "The Joker" who prevailed.”Give him credit, he made me run all over the court,” Djokovic said. “He never gave me the same ball. He was aggressive from both sides. I didn’t know what was coming next.”The win helped set up Djokovic for a quarterfinal matchup against Tomas Berdych.Djokovic is the reigning Australian Open champion after outlasting Rafael Nadal in a marathon match in 2012, as well.He may also be able to pass for one of The Avengers.Via Yahoo! Sports

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