Djokovic beats Wawrinka, into fifth Australian Open final

Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:02am EST
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By Greg Stutchbury

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic once again stood tall at the Australian Open as he reached his fourth final in the past five years with another five-set victory over Stan Wawrinka, the man who dumped him out of Melbourne Park last year.

Djokovic, bidding to become the first man to win five Australian Open titles since the game went professional in 1968, ran hot and cold but seized the points that mattered on Friday to beat the defending champion 7-6(1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0.

"As it was the case in the last two years we played five sets and I was ready for the battle," Djokovic said in a courtside interview. "We pushed each other to the limit.

"Stan is a quality player. I made my life very complicated on the court."

The Serb world number one's life will not get any easier on Sunday when he faces old friend Andy Murray, with the Briton looking to win his first Melbourne Park title in his fourth final.

"Andy and I go back to when we were 12 years old, that's when we first played each other," Djokovic added. "We've known each other a long time, it's nice to play another grand slam final against him."

NO TOMORROW   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in their men's singles semi-final match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato