Australian Open 2013 : Day 14 photo SUMMARY

Roy Emerson

Emerson as sharp as ever

Novak Djokovic

All business for Djokovic

Andy Murray

Tough losses bolster Murray’s resolve

Rafa's Knees

Rafa’s knees do the talking

Roger Federer

Crystal ball: the men

Andy Murray

Day 14 preview: the pain game

Matthew Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova

Instant success for Aussie mixed duo

Celebrating breakthroughs

Popcorn Tennis: I’ve arrived

Victoria Azarenka

The morning after

Serena Williams

The Popcorn Tennis Awards

Andy Murray

Scot sunk

Novak Djokovic

Novak’s triple treat

Novak Djokovic

POST MATCH CELEBRATIONS

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 13 photo SUMMARY

Victoria Azarenka

Sticking to her guns

Li Na

China embraces Li and tennis

Ana Konjuh and Katerina Siniakova

Konjuh wins girls’ title and No.1 junior ranking

Sloane Stephens

Shock and awe: women’s upsets at the Open

Victoria Azarenka

Keeping their nerve

Victoria Azarenka

Day 13 preview: a battle of wills

Sabine Ellerbrock and Aniek Van Koot

Double delight for van Koot

Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios wins all-Australian final

 Bob and Mike Bryan

Bryans at the double

Li Na

Li’s lost chance

Victoria Azarenka

Twice is nice

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 12 photo SUMMARY

Andy Murray

Day 12 preview: A whole new ball game

Kia Sponsorship Deal

Kia Motors extends partnership to 2018

Popcorn Tennis Top 10: The best quotes

Popcorn Tennis: the best quotes

Ana Ivanovic

Crystal ball: the women

The grit of Murray

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka sets the record straight

Nick Kyrgios

Aussies meet in boys’ final

Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani

Italians take women’s doubles title

Roger Federer

Rivalries reach new heights

Ana Konjuh

Konjuh breaks new ground

Andre Agassi

Andre’s back

Andy Murray

MURRAY MAKES FINAL

 

Roger Federer

No regrets for Federer

Andy Murray

Murray makes it happen

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 11 photo SUMMARY

Li vs Sharapova

Max’s leading ladies face off

Djokovic vs Ferrer

Ferrer takes aim

Sloane Stephens

Day 11 Preview: ladies in waiting

Li Na

TO THE FINAL

Bob and Mike Bryan

Bryans through to 10th final in Melbourne

Li Na

Li Na shatters Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Tables turned on Sharapova

Katerina Siniakova

Czech teen cruises into junior semifinals

Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua

Age gap no barrier to Aussies’ winning ways

Stephane Houdet

Heat no problem for Houdet

Judy Dalton

A true pioneer

Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden

Aussie mixed duo secure upset

Duck Hee Lee

Emerging powers

Sloane Stephens

Sloane’s silver lining

Victoria Azarenka

Vika soldiers on

Novak Djokovic

No worries for Novak

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 10 photo SUMMARY

Williams v Stephens

Williams v Stephens: when stars collide

Jeremy Chardy

Chardy steps up

Goran Ivanisevic

Goran holds court

Murray v Chardy

Murray coasting as seeds scattered

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Day 10 Preview: Jo looking to move Mt FedAndrew Florent

Andrew Florent auction nears $100,000

Victoria Azarenka

Vika vanquishes Sveta

Sloane Stephens

Sloane stuns Serena

Bryan brothers

All-achieving twins fix sights on Rio

Nikola Milojevic

Top seed Milojevic through to boy’s quarters

Aniek Van Koot

Women’s wheelchair top seed through after struggle

Serena Williams

Rattled Serena laments tough fortnight

Andy murray

Almost perfect for Murray

Umpire Chair

The best seat in the house

Aniek Van Koot

Aniek’s comfort zone

Popcorn Top 10 Unexpected Moments

Popcorn Tennis top 10: the unexpected moments

Roger Federer

Fed’s perfect 10

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 9 photo SUMMARY

Agnieszka Radwanska

Li on a mission to derail Radwanska’s roll

Tomas Berdych

Day 9 preview: Big Berd looking to take flight

January, 2013

Preview: Djokovic v Berdych

Ekaterina Makarova

Deja vu as Makarova on Russian rampage

Stanislas Wawrinka

Pushing the boundaries

Li Na

Resurgent Li returns to semifinals fold

David Ferrer

Ferrer outfoxes Almagro

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova routs Makarova

Serena Williams and Venus Wiliams

DOUBLE-DOWN

Novak Djokovic

DJOKOVIC THROUGH TO THE SEMIS

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 8 photo SUMMARY

Williams v Kirilenko

Preview: Serena v Kirilenko

French Quarter

The French quarter

Day 8 preview: Federer a hunted man

Gilles Simon

What makes me special Gilles Simon

Adam Kellerman

Kellerman claims playoff for main draw berth

Roger Federer

Pride on the line as Federer stands up to Raonic

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Kuznetsova holds firm to deny Dane

Jeremy Chardy

Chardy moves into first Slam quarterfinal

Victoria Azarenka

Woman on a mission: Vika moves into last 8

Nikola Milojevic

Boys’ top seed scrapes through

Sloane Stephens

Stephens hits new heights

Andy Murray

Murray marches on

Serena Williams

Serena muscles through

Roger Federer

Roger’s right on

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Another dramatic spectacle of highest quality of Tennis

Novak Djokovic

Novak survives steely Stan

Stanisias Wawrinka

Sunday, 20 January, 2013
By Matt Cronin

 

Leave it to Novak Djokovic to be involved in another dramatic spectacle. In one of the most thrilling contests played at Melbourne Park in the past decade, the two-time defending champion edged an inspired Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10 in a five hour and two minute marathon to move into the quarterfinals.

It was a heroic effort by both men in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena that ended at 1.41am on Monday morning. The top seed managed to repel the pumped-up Swiss, who dictated play for much of the match with brilliant shot-making.

But while Wawrinka wowed the spectators with his wondrous one-handed backhand, booming serves and rolling topspin forehands, it was Djokovic who once again dug deep on the court where he has had the most success.

“Well, I’m just pleased to be part of that era, just pleased to be part of those matches where you push yourself up to the last drop of your energy,” Djokovic said.

“I’m very glad to be a winner of another marathon.”

In winning his third Australian Open last year, the strong-legged Serbian won back-to-back five-setters in the semifinals over Andy Murray and in the final over Rafael Nadal. But those were against two of his primary rivals in the sport, and not against a man who has tried so hard to transform himself into an elite player.

On Sunday night and Monday morning in Melbourne, Wawrinka was that elite player, and deserved just as much attention as his more famous countryman, Roger Federer.

“I always knew he has a quality,” Djokovic said.

“He has ability to beat the best players in the world, and he has proven that on several occasions on different surfaces. He’s using that power and the serve. He’s really moving well over the court. He’s reading the game. So he came up with great tactics today.”

Even though he played a brilliant first set, Wawrinka could not consolidate a 5-2 lead in the second set and keep his foot on Djokovic’s throat. But he did not collapse after losing five straight games to drop the second set and then when he lost the third.

Wawrinka, who held a 2-11 record against the Serbian entering the match, punched his way into the fourth set tiebreaker, and even though Djokovic came hard when down 3-6 by ripping two forehand winners, Wawrinka stood tall and won it with a whipping forehand of his own down the line.

The two knew going into the fifth set that they would have to push their bodies to the limits and beyond, and they did so. Wawrinka cramped on and off throughout the set and had an opportunity when he was ahead 4-3 and held four break points, but Djokovic pulled off a sweet drop shot, Wawrinka made two groundstroke errors and the Serbian then put away a backhand volley.

There would be no more break points after that until the 16-point final game, when Wawrinka fought off two match points, the first with a 200km/h ace and the second with an incredible backhand down the line when it looked like he was barely moving. But on the final point, Wawrinka pushed Djokovic all over the court and looked like he was going to win the point when he forced Djokovic to stab back two backhands, but after he hit a low slice approach shot, Djokovic somehow scooped it up and flipped a backhand crosscourt pass to win the contest. The final set alone lasted an hour and 44 minutes.

“I think it’s by far my best match I ever play, especially in five sets against the No. 1 player,” said the 15th-seeded Wawrinka.

“Especially I was dealing with myself all the five hours, trying to always find solutions, trying to always fight against me and against him to stay with him. At the end I was really, really close. For sure I’m really sad. But I think there is more positive than negative.”

The two warmly embraced at the net before Djokovic tore his shirt off and roared to his box, just like he did when he bested Nadal last year in their five hour and 53 minute classic.

“I just had flashback of 2012 in the finals,” Djokovic said. “It was maybe 45 minutes less this match than the one 12 months ago, but still it was still as exciting. I tried to perform my best, enjoy the moment, be in the present, and couldn’t ask for more. What a match point. Unbelievable.”

Djokovic will play fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals, and believes he’s in good enough shape to make another title run.

“I’ve been in those situations before,” he said.

“I remember when I won against Murray in the semis after five hours, and then played against Rafa almost six hours. I know I can recover. I know I have it in me.”

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Australian Open 2013 : Day 7 photo SUMMARY

Wawrinka v Djokovic

Day 7 preview: Eye of the Tiger

Ivanovic to step it up against Radwanska

Stanislas Wawrinka

Preview: Djokovic v Wawrinka

Maria Sharapova

Next in her sights: Sharapova lines up Flipkens

Kirsten Flipkens

Flipkens flips the script

Ekaterina Makarova

What makes me special: Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova

Makarova makes back-to-back quarterfinals

David Ferrer

Ferrer makes short work of Nishikori

Nicolas Almagro Janko Tipsarevic

Tipsarevic injury sees Almagro advance

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova steamrolls onNick Kyrgios

New No.1 Kyrgios cruisesVenus Williams and Serena Williams

Serena’s double focus

Li Na

Li’s tennis does the talking

Tomas Berdych

Berdych makes it threeAgnieszka Radwanska

Aga axes Ana

Novak Djokovic

DJOKOVIC V WAWRINKA

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