Stanislas Wawrinka beat Novak Djokovic in an epic quarterfinal at the Australian Open.
Stanislas Wawrinka stunned four-time champion Novak Djokovic Tuesday, setting up a semifinal meeting with Tomas Berdych after a hard-fought and lengthy victory on Day 9 of the 2014 Australian Open.
In the women's competition, Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard set up a meeting with Li Na in the last four after seeing off Ana Ivanovic over three sets.
Below are all the scores along with a recap of the highs and the lows from Day 9 at the Australian Open.
|Tomas Berdych (7) def. David Ferrer (3)||6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (8) def. Novak Djokovic (2)||2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7|
|Eugenie Bouchard (30) def. Ana Ivanovic (14)||5-7, 7-5, 6-2|
|Li Na (4) def. Flavia Pennetta (28)||6-2, 6-2|
Stan the Man
In a match similar to their fourth-round meeting in Melbourne last year, Wawrinka forced Djokovic to fight all the way Tuesday, although this time he came out on top over five sets, winning 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.
Djokovic, who had not dropped a set in the tournament before this defeat, looked like he was on course to carry on his awesome streak in the tournament when he took the first set 6-2.
But Wawrinka, who served exceptionally and won 72 percent of his first-serve points, fought back to win the second and the third sets before closing out the match in a tension-filled final set which was contested over 16 games.
That means the Swiss will play in his second straight Grand Slam semi after making the U.S. Open last four in 2013. Djokovic meanwhile, with new coach Boris Becker, will have to pick himself up after a shock loss.
Wawrinka was congratulated by countryman Roger Federer on Twitter:
Wawrinka will now face Berdych, who made his first-ever Australian Open semifinal after he conquered third seed David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Berdych had previously gone out at this stage for the last three years, but he kept his composure to see off Ferrer in over three hours of tennis.
After winning the first set in barely half an hour, the second was harder work, but the Czech knew he had his opponent rattled when—shortly before Ferrer won the third set—the Spaniard pushed a line judge.
Sports Illustrated tweeted:
It may now prove an all-round bad day for Ferrer, whose loss to Berdych may yet be compounded by a fine for his actions.
Eugenie gets her wish
In the women's singles, 19-year-old Bouchard fought back from losing the first set to beat the experienced Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.
Ivanovic had beaten the much-fancied Serena Williams in the previous round and looked good to continue her form when she won the first set.
Bouchard, who had never previously progressed past the third round of a Grand Slam, took advantage when former world No. 1 Ivanovic took a medical timeout in the second set and assumed control of the tie.
Ivanovic said post-match that she came into the tournament with an injury, as reported by Sports Illustrated:
Ivanovic says she came into the tournament with a right leg injury, then left hurt today. "I was doing my best. She was the better player."— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 21, 2014
Bouchard's reward for that win will be an encounter with the fourth seed Na, who progressed against Flavia Pennetta with ease, winning 6-2, 6-2.
The two-time finalist is targeting a victory this time and is quoted by BBC Sport as saying:
"I've got a lot of confidence because I was match point down and I came back to win that match. I believe in myself even more. I hope I can take one more step this year."
Wawrinka will have the slight edge going into the semifinal meeting with Berdych after deposing Djokovic. The 28-year-old has also come out on top against his Czech rival in their last three meetings, all in 2013, via Tennislive.
Wawrinka's win should not be viewed as a fluke—remember, he reached the semifinal of the 2013 U.S. Open—and he is clearly hitting the best period of form in his career.
Berdych has a pedigree, too, and after reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final following wins over Djokovic and Federer, he cannot be written off easily. But the fans will surely be on the side of his opponent.
Na will come up against her toughest challenge to date when she faces Bouchard.
Although she has only dropped one set and looks to be in good form, she is facing something of an unknown quantity, who looks completely at home on the big stage, as reported by Eleanor Crooks of the Press Association (via the Daily Mail Online).