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With a score line reading 6-1, 5-2 in favor of Stanislas Wawrinka over Novak Djokovic, the scoreboard didn't lie. But that didn't make it any easier to believe.
The 17th-ranked Swiss, who has played his career in Roger Federer's shadow, had not beaten Djokovic since 2006. Yet, here he was, poised to take a two-sets-to-love lead, having broken the Serb's serve four consecutive times.
In the end, it was not the Djokovic recovery that was surprising, but the fact Wawrinka, not known for the steadiness of his nerves in a crisis, battled him for 5 hours, 2 minutes before succumbing 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10.
It was a magnificent duel, easily the best match of this Australian Open so far, and, in Wawrinka's opinion, the best match he has ever played in his 11 years on the tour.
"I was playing great tennis; I fought like a dog," he said after dragging an exhausted body into his press conference at 2:35 a.m. "But in the end, he was better."
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GOING THE DISTANCE
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...
Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic nearly hit a ballboy in the side of the head with a return of a serve from Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's fourth round Australian Open match.
It appears that the ballboy at the side of the net was able to turn his head at the last second and the ball deflected off the bill on the side of his cap. We're guessing...
Novak Djokovic took down Stan Wawrinka this weekend in a fairly incredible five-set match, and during the same match he also took down a ballkid. Check out the below video of Novak returning a serve, but the shot goes far right and nailed a ballkid in the head. The poor ballkid was in the crouch position and so focused on his job that he didn’t have the proper time to react...
WHATEVER IT TAKES
Czech Republic tennis pro Radek Stepanek tried to distract No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic from throwing a forehand slam by turning his back and sticking out his rear end during Friday's third round Australian Open match. It happened in the second set as Stepanek approached the net and hit a poor volley to Djokovic. As Stepanek had no chance of stopping a forehand slam by Djokovic...
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 20, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – The Australian Open produced it’s greatest match of 2013 and one of the best in recent times as Novak Djokovic triumphed over Stanislas Wawrinka in a five hour and three minute thriller on Rod Laver Arena that ended just after 1.30am on Monday morning.
The 1-6, 7-5, 6-4,,6-7(5), 12-10 epic was an incredible demonstration...
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Tomas Berdych is set to take on Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open
By Evan Valeri
The upcoming 2013 Australian Open quarterfinal match between Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych marks the thirteenth time the two players will face off. Out of the previous twelve matches the Birdman was only able to capitalize once, taking out the Serb in straight sets during...
We pushed each other to the limit. But in the end I lost and the disappointment is there and the disappointment is enormous. But I do think it’s also the most accomplished match I’ve ever played.
--Stan Wawrinka after losing to Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10 in an epic fourth rounder at the Australian Open
Awesome effort, Stan.
[Photo(s) credit: AP]
By Jaclyn Stacey
(January 22, 2013) MELBOURNE PARK, Australia - Novak Djokovic progressed through to the Australian Open semifinals after winning his quarterfinal match against fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 31 minutes on Tuesday night.
Djokovic is guaranteed to retain his No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament after advancing to the semifinals...
In light of Novak Djokovic’s hard-fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory over the 15th seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Australian Open on Sunday, I’ve decided to rank the most epic tennis Grand Slam matches of the last five years. Tennis fans have been treated to some incredibly intense matches in a very short amount of time, so let’s count them down...
By Yeshayahu Ginsburg
We are down to our final 8, and 6 of them are the main contenders for the title. With Djokovic being tired after his marathon match, it has really opened the door for Tomas Berdych. And, all of a sudden, we could be looking at Berdych or David Ferrer in the final. On the other side of the draw, it looks like it will be the winner of Federer/Tsonga...