October 31st, 2014
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Novak Djokovic’s reign at the Australian Open ended by Stanislas Wawrinka
Novak Djokovic lost his first match at the Australian Open in almost four years to Stanislas Wawrinka.
The Swiss defeated Djokovic 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 in their quarter-final and will now go on to play Tomas Berdych for a place in the final.
The result was a reversal of the pair’s classic fourth round match at last year’s tournament, which Djokovic won 12-10 in the fifth set.
“It’s a really great feeling,” said Wawrinka. “There were some special moments which went well together in this match, making it for the first time here to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all these years. It’s been a very special match to me.”
The Swiss number two found time to play tribute to his opponent.
“He’s an amazing champion, he never gives up. I’m really, really happy,” said Wawrinka. “I was really focused point after point. I had to stay aggressive, and not give up. I was tired, I was cramping a bit, and I was nervous too. But now I’m going to have an ice bath for a very long time.”
Djokovic’s last defeat in Melbourne had been to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the quarter-final stage in 2010, since which he had won 25 matches in a row at the tournament to claim the title on three successive occasions. However a fourth consecutive, and fifth overall, Australian crown was beyond him this year.
“He deserved this win,” said Djokovic. “I congratulate him absolutely. There is nothing I can say.
“You know, I gave it my best. I gave it all. I tried to come out as the winner. I tried to fight until the last point as I did in a very similar match we did last year in the fourth round, same court, but it wasn’t to be this time.”
This was the first tournament that Djokovic had competed at under the tutelage of his new coach Boris Becker.
“It’s been the first official tournament for us,” said Djokovic. “I’m satisfied with things that we’ve been talking about, working on.
“Of course, it’s unfortunate that we finished the tournament in the quarter-finals. But it’s the beginning of the season and we’ll see what’s coming next.”