Djokovic: first loss at the Australian Open since the 2010 quarter-finals. Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Press Association Images
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Wawrinka ends Djokovic reign in Australian Open thriller

Stan beats the champ in five sets, 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7.

Updated 12.55

STANISLAS WAWRINKA IS through to the Australian Open semi-finals after a five-set thriller against champion Novak Djokovic.

The eighth seed will face Tomas Berdych after a 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7 win that lasted late into the Melbourne night and finished just before 11.30pm.

The epic was finally settled after four hours and an 80-minute deciding set when Djokovic’s volley drifted wide on match point.

The defeat was his first at the Australian Open since losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2010 quarter-finals, ending a bid for four successive championships.

Wawrinka has only appeared in one previous Grand Slam semi, a five-set defeat against Djokovic at the 2013 US Open.

“He is an amazing champion but I never give up,” he said afterwards. “I am really, really, really, really, happy!”


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– Originally published 12.35

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