Wednesday 23 August 2017 / 08:04 PM

Stan downs Djokovic in 5-set thriller

Didn’t stay up to watch Novak Djokovic’s attempt for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title come to a theatrical end last night in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal?

Yeah I’d be pissed off too.

Seeded number eight in the world, Stanislas “The Man” Wawrinka, took down the 26-year old Serbian in a game for the ages.

Wawrinka defeated Djokovic: 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7, in a match that took four hours. In their head-to-head encounters, Stan had lost 14 times to Novak, with the most heart breaking of those losses, a five hour and two minutes five-setter at the Australian Open in 2013 – which ended up being the longest Grand Slam match of the 2013 tour.

As Djokovic took the first set quite convincingly, most viewers would have thought, “oh well, this is over” – yep I did.

But shame on those of you who switch it off! Serves you right.

Stan’s high error count early let him down. Yet he managed to gather himself and it was then Djokovic who began to let the mistakes sneak into his game.

The final set lasted 79 minutes. Wawrinka’s never die attitude and capability of pulling off a big first-serve under pressure, proving the difference as Djokovic’s unbeaten run of 25 matches at the Australian Open came to an end.

Stan moves on to the semifinals and faces number seven, Tomas Berdych, tomorrow night.

 

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