Game, set and match to Djokovic
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 12-10 Wawrinka
The tightest game for a while sees Djokovic reach deuce. Suddenly he’s two points from victory. The Serb ups the energy levels and advances to match point only to be denied by a service winner. Stan blinks first on deuce and its a second match point for Novak. Stan saves it with an atomic backhand down the line that brings a smile even to his opponent’s face. Djokovic is not to be denied though and he gains the advantage once more and this time seals the match.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 11-10 Wawrinka
Stan gets the first point and the Rod Laver Arena greets it as a big chance for the Swiss. Djokovic takes over for the next two points, the second with a successful forehand down the line. The Serb holds.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 10-10 Wawrinka
The players seem to settling into the pattern seen in other recent marathon matches where all effort is focused on holding serve rather than attacking for the break. Wawrinka holds to love.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 10-9 Wawrinka
Novak get the first two points and Stan responds by swinging wildly out on the next point. The Serb ghosts into the net and he’s held.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 9-9 Wawrinka
Djokovic takes the first point, raising expectations that the end is night but Stan reels off the next four and we are all square once more.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 9-8 Wawrinka
Novak jumps out to 40-0 up and is only briefly detained before takes another game. Back to Stan now.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 8-8 Wawrinka
Impressive play from Wawrinka as he successfully serves to stay in the match once more.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 8-7 Wawrinka
Novak’s retrieving skills see him through his service game comfortably enough.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 7-7 Wawrinka
Some high risk shots coming from both players. Stan holds.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 7-6 Wawrinka
Another regulation hold for Djokovic. Who will crack first?
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-6 Wawrinka
Stan hold and both players receive three extra challenges. No tie breaks at the Australian Open of course so on we go.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-5 Wawrinka
Novak enjoys serving with the new balls with four first serves handing him a love hold.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 5-5 Wawrinka
Stan shrugs off any disappointment to gold to 15. New balls, which during this match has tended to favour the Swiss.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 5-4 Wawrinka
If the Djokovic forehand has not been at its best today, the flip side has been some exceptional volleying from the world number one. However even those skills can’t stop Stan advancing to two break points. Brilliant play to save the first with a drop shot. Once more chance for Stan and he can’t take it this time but from deuce Novak goes long again. A third break point goes begging and the advantage goes back and forth before Stan misses a fourth opportunity. Djokovic comes through to hold, was that Stan’s best chance?
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 4-4 Wawrinka
At deuce Stan picks a bad time to double fault for the first time in the match, which is now four hours old. Novak can’t convert as he misses another forehand down the line. To the delight of the crowd Stan comes through to hold.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 4-3 Wawrinka
Novak shows why he is a champion in the sport of tennis. Every point played tightly as he holds serve. Will Stan feel the pressure serving second in this decider?
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 3-3 Wawrinka
Djokovic goes after the break here, using his superhuman flexibility to hit aggressively from defensive positions. The game moves to deuce as Stan suffers from cramp. The Swiss show his strength to hold. Both players have won precisely 154 in the match so far.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 3-2 Wawrinka
Novak comes through a tight game with both players showing some physical discomfort.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 2-2 Wawrinka
Stan holds to love to level the set at 2-2. Djokovic appears to have a stiff back.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 2-1 Wawrinka
Djokovic holds on to edge ahead, saving a break point along the way.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 1-1 Wawrinka
Wawrinka saves multiple break points but eventually succumbs to the relentless Djokovic.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 0-1 Wawrinka
Here we go then, into the breach once more. Two break points to Stan, he goes wide on the first but puts away a forehand for the final set lead.
Fourth set goes to Wawrinka!
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 Wawrinka
5-7 Brilliant point that Stan finishes by whaling the ball past Novak after several attempts. It is a fifth set!
5-6 Great rally and Djokovic prevails. Stan to serve on set point.
4-6 Novak forces the error.
3-6 Novak smashes a forehand long, three sets points to the Swiss.
3-5 Great return from Novak can’t stop Stan this time.
3-4 Body serve from Novak followed by extended rally that ends with a challenge that goes to Novak.
Player changeover side, the crowd want a fifth set and are calling for Stan.
2-4 Stan goes long on the backhand
1-4 Crosscourt forehand exchange ends with Novak dumping the ball into the net.
1-3 Amazing return gets Djokovic on the scoreboard.
0-3 Unforced forehand error from Novak.
0-2 Huge shot from Stan for the mini break.
0-1 Stan serves and gets his nose in front with a timely challenge.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-6 Wawrinka
Incredibly the match is held up while four officials attempt to reattach the sponsorship sign on the net, something that doesn’t endear them (or the sponsor presumably) to the crowd, tv audience or players. It has no effect on Novak though and he marches through to love. Tiebreak time, Novak has won all six they have previously contested.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 5-6 Wawrinka
The crowd are on their feet as Stan chases hard and wins an epic point. The love hold is sealed with an ace.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 5-5 Wawrinka
No problems for the world number one as he holds to love. Real tough play on Rod Laver at the moment.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 4-5 Wawrinka
More good play from both players but Stan hold once more before calling for the trainer. Djokovic will serve to stay in this fourth set.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 4-4 Wawrinka
The old Stan seems to be back as the game moves to deuce courtesy of two incredible winners. Novak outmaneuvers the Swiss on the next point though and then runs him off the court to hold on the next.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 3-4 Wawrinka
At 30-30 it looks like testing times for Stan but he bangs down a serve nervelessly. A misguided drop shot moves it to deuce but again the first serve comes though when Stan needs it. Another hold.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 3-3 Wawrinka
Novak holds to love, a shaky phase over and he’s still level.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 2-3 Wawrinka
Stan thumps his way through another service game, he’s playing well at the moment but needs to break while his good patch last.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 2-2 Wawrinka
Stan goes once more and he’s got another break point but Djokovic shuts the door again. You get the feeling the Serb will might himself soon and Stan will rue these chances.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 1-2 Wawrinka
Stan holds easily, Djokovic will be happy enough to move through this set at pace though backing himself to come through when the pressure mounts.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 1-1 Wawrinka
A tight game goes to deuce. I wonder if Wawrinka might start swinging freely once more now that the weight of expectation is off his shoulders? On break point, after a sterling rally, Stan misses a drop shot. Novak is fired up and goes on to hold. Stan won’t get many chances as good as that one.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 0-1 Wawrinka
Stan, roused by the crowd perhaps, fights on and holds with a nice serve volley combination.
Third set to Djokovic!
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 6-4 Wawrinka
Novak makes no mistake and nails the third set down. A extremely hard challenge just got a whole lot harder for Stan.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 5-4 Wawrinka
Djokovic edges to break point and both players give the next point absolutely everything before the error is forced from Wawrinka. Novak will now serve for a two sets to one lead.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 4-4 Wawrinka
Djokovic runs through another quick service game, he’s looking solid on serve for now. The business end of the set approaches, who will blink first?
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 3-4 Wawrinka
Stan misses a regulation volley into an open court at 30-0 up, will he regret that? Djokovic hopes so and a great return sees him to 30-30. The margin for error is so small against the world number one but Stan adds some mph to his strokes and holds with the help of the new balls.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 3-3 Wawrinka
Novak levels with a combination of skilled net play and backcourt power.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 2-3 Wawrinka
Another tight game but Stan holds serve after Djokovic goes long.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 2-2 Wawrinka
Shades of the Stan of the first set here as the Swiss clubs his way to deuce. He’s not going away and Novak has to produce two teak-tough points to hold.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 1-2 Wawrinka
Stan seems to have put any thoughts of regret from his mind and is trying to climb the mountain once more. The game goes to deuce but Wawrinka ultimately holds with an ace.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 1-1 Wawrinka
Stan grits his teeth and fights his way to deuce on the Djokovic serve, he knows he has to get into this set right away. A careless moment from Djokovic hands a break point over, and suddenly Wawrinka has broken back for his first game in the past seven. Djokovic looks disgusted with himself.
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 1-0 Wawrinka
Can Wawrinka pick himself up? Djokovic won’t help him that is for sure. The Serb moves to break point and then defends with his life to amazingly wrestle the point his way. Novak explodes while Stan looks on.
Second set to Djokovic!
– Djokovic 1-6 7-5 Wawrinka
Heart breaking for Stan, as all his good play in the second set comes to nothing. The incredible toughness displayed by Djokovic puts the match on even terms and there’s no doubt who will be feeling more confident going on into the third set.
– Djokovic 1-6 6-5 Wawrinka
Stan gets a roar of approval from the crowd as he takes the first point. Great defense from Novak though draws errors to get two break points… terminator-like determination on the baseline. On the first Stan matches him on the scramble and this time it is Novak who errs. Second serve return missed by Djokovic and Stan moves ahead and then back to deuce once more. Novak’s ironclad determination pays off and he breaks Stan and is a game away from leveling the match.
– Djokovic 1-6 5-5 Wawrinka
No problem for Djokovic there, he’s kept steady while Wawrinka has tightened up and now it is all square in this second set.
– Djokovic 1-6 4-5 Wawrinka
An epic opening point goes to Stan despite amazing defending from Djokovic. A net cord smiles at the Swiss for 30-0. Novak comes back to 30-30 all and the atmosphere ratcheted up another level. Stan nets a forehand and its break point to Djokovic. Stan tags the net again and this time the ball flies out. It is back on serve in the Rod Laver Arena.
– Djokovic 1-6 3-5 Wawrinka
A love hold for Novak sets up a huge game for both players. Stan serving for the set.
– Djokovic 1-6 2-5 Wawrinka
More authority from the world number one now and he gets a 0-30 lead. Could this be a dip from Stan finally? Super hitting to level the game at 30-30 says not. Big points coming up… Djokovic has a forehand into a semi open court but he nets it to his evident frustration. The Serb jams Wawrinka up at the net for deuce though. The nerves are jangling on both sides and a couple of errors from Djokovic eases the way for Stan. He’s on the cusp of a two set lead.
– Djokovic 1-6 2-4 Wawrinka
Errors on the backhand from Wawrinka hand a solid hold to Djokovic, which must be quite a relief at this stage. Novak will hang in and if he can steal this set it will be crushing for Stan after leading the way for so long. For now though the set in on Stan’s racquet… how will he serve now?
– Djokovic 1-6 1-4 Wawrinka
Djokovic comes back into the game from 0-40 down looking for the moment that could turn the time but Wawrinka eventually holds to 30. Will Stan’s mentality start to change as the prospect of pulling off a shock starts to become a reality?
– Djokovic 1-6 1-3 Wawrinka
The Stan express keeps steaming on, another break sealed with a frankly rudely dismissive backhand up the line. This is becoming serious for Novak.
– Djokovic 1-6 1-2 Wawrinka
Djokovic is having some problems with his footing, slipping for the fifth time in the match. When he is on his feet, the world number one seems to be looking to loop his groundstrokes more in order to give his opponent something different to think about. The game goes to deuce and Djokovic moves to break point via some incredible athleticism. Stan comes back though, he’s simply hitting the ball harder and cleaner so far.
– Djokovic 1-6 1-1 Wawrinka
Djokovic’s comeback stalls somewhat as he stumbles to 0-40 and an error eventually hands the break back.
– Djokovic 1-6 1-0 Wawrinka
You don’t often see Novak Djokovic hit off the court in that fashion but there’s no question that the Serb will keep going and try everything in his formidable repertoire to turn things round. Novak gets his return game firing and secures the break… that’s a big play at the start of the second set.
First set to Wawrinka!
– Djokovic 1-6 Wawrinka
The game moves to 15-30, Novak second guessing himself somewhat and not committing to his strokes. He looks to problem solve by getting into the net which works the first time but on the next point the ball lasers to his feet and he dumps it into the net. Set point! Stan crushes a fore hand winner and that is the first set done and dusted.
– Djokovic 1-5 Wawrinka
A hold here would surely give Stan the first set and he continues where he left off – playing brilliantly. Seeing the ball like a football, Wawrinka is ensconced in the zone. Djokovic is being forced to wait for him to come back down for now.
– Djokovic 1-4 Wawrinka
Better from Djokovic at first but a double fault moves the game to 30-30… big point that goes to Stan. A magnificent rally ensues that Wawrinka eventually takes with a crashing crosscourt backhand. Djokovic in deep trouble in this first set now, a long way to go in the match though.
– Djokovic 1-3 Wawrinka
Wawrinka looking to consolidate the break and a pair of huge forehands takes him to 30-0. No further problems for Stan and he’ll know how important it is to take this first set while he is in this form.
– Djokovic 1-2 Wawrinka
Wawrinka getting some joy matching backhands at the moment – two break points… and a wide forehand from Djokovic hands the break to the Swiss number two. Stan varied pace at times with slice and he’s up in the opening set.
– Djokovic 1-1 Wawrinka
Another quality game and Wawrinka holds with some good serving. Djokovic’s fabled return gets the balls back but leaves Stan in charge of the rallies.
– Djokovic 1-0 Wawrinka
Wawrinka gets his one-handed backhand going straight away and jumps out to 15-30 up. Novak responds with some first serves but Stan makes it to deuce, forcing the error with a powerful backhand drive up the line. Djokovic ups the service again and takes the opening game with his third ace amid good play from both men.
– Play! Djokovic serving.
– The players are finishing their warm-ups with some serves now and play will start in a couple of minutes.
– While Djokovic’s easy progress to this round four encounter has been no surprise, it should be noted that his opponent Stanislas Wawrinka is yet to drop a set in Melbourne too.
– The previous match is finished now with Radwanska defeating Ivanovic in two sets. The world number one Novak Djokovic is due on court any moment.
Live Commentary of the Australian Open match between Djokovic and Wawrinka will commence here as soon as the players start warming up.
Djokovic is trying to become the first man in the open era to win this Grand Slam tournament three times in a row.
The Serb leads the head to head against Wawrinka with 11-2, having beaten him at last year’s US Open.
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