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Wawrinka defeats Djokovic to reach semis

Posted on 21/01/2014 in Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka has defeated reigning champion Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set quarter-final today (January 21st).

The pair met in the fourth round of last year's tournament – which Djokovic went on to win – but Wawrinka got his revenge this time round with a 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 victory.

After the match, the eighth seed said: "I had to stay aggressive, not to give up. I was tired, I was cramping a bit, I was nervous too. But now I'm going to have an ice bath for a very long time."

The loss is Djokovic's first since appointing Boris Becker as his new coach and brings an end to a run of 28 consecutive wins on tour.

Melbourne had previously proved to be a kind venue for the world number two, who had not lost in 25 matches at the Rod Laver Area.

Wawrinka will now play Tomas Berdych in the semi-final, while Britain's Andy Murray meets Roger Federer in the quarters tomorrow.

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