Wawrinka shocks Djokovic

SYDNEY - Stanislas Wawrinka sensationally ended Novak Djokovic's 25-match winning run at the Australian Open as he finally got the better of the defending champion yesterday.

As the clock registered four hours, Djokovic placed a volley wide on Wawrinka's first match point to give the Swiss a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 victory.

Djokovic was bidding to become the first man since Roy Emerson to win four straight Australian Open titles, and he had not lost a match since the US Open final in September.

Twelve months ago Djokovic won a fourth-round clash against Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set in Melbourne while the outcome was the same when they met in the last four at the US Open.

Wawrinka said: "Last year it was really tough but this year I came back, it's a new year. I did not start well, I was not feeling great on the court. I tried everything. He's an amazing champion and he never gives up but I'm really, really, really happy.

"I was tired, I was cramping a bit, I was nervous too. But now I'm going to have an ice bath for a very long time."

He will next face Tomas Berdych, who upset the third seed David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in Melbourne for the first time.

Berdych joins Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray in having made the last four at all of the grand slams.

The result is a big setback for Djokovic's hopes of reclaiming the world No1 ranking from Nadal, while it is also an inauspicious start to his partnership with new coach Boris Becker. – Press Association

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