Sensation in Australian Open: the champion, Novak Djokovic is going home

[notice noticeType=”info”]Photo: Novak Djokovic during the match | Source: RIAN[/notice]

The Australian Open 2014 continues to surprise the tennis fans. World number two and the last three years champion in a row, Novak Djokovic lost to the Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinal and is going home earlier than he expected.

It was one of the main sensations of the tournament. The Serb, Novak Djokovic, was the favorite to win the Australian Open despite the fact that he was ranked only second after the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. He won the titles in the last three years in a row, and until today (Tuesday, January 21st) he looked like he is in the correct way for the fourth title in Melbourne. But unfortunately to Djokovic, the 28-year old Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who is taking the eighth place in the ATP world rankings, had another plans. After the Swiss lost 14 times in a row to Djokovic, he gave probably the great match of his life in order to win in five sets with 6:2, 4:6, 2:6, 6:3, 7:9. Last season, those both tennis players met in Melbourne in the fourth round. It was also one of the most exiting matches when the Serb won with 12:10 in the fifth set. This time they played “only” about four hours.

Stanislas Wawrinka
Stanislas Wawrinka during the match

 

Djokovic opened the meeting with easy set that finished with one sided score 6:2. Wawrinka suddenly woke up and began to pressure Djokovic. The higher game level gave to the Swiss the second set with 6:4 on the scoreboard. Wawrinka managed to not to lose the momentum during the third set and won it with 6:2.

Djokovic who was pressured by Wawrinka during the second and the third sets found a way to stop the momentum of the Swiss. “Nole” won the fourth set with 6:3 after tough battle. The winner of the match was decided in the fifth set, and more important, the winner will play in the semifinals.

 

During the fifth set, Wawrinka who was already tired from the tough match did a critical mistake near the net and allowed to the Serbian tennis player to break his serve. But the world number eight did not give up and broke back in order to equalize the score to 2-2. In the next 11 games both players managed not to lose their serving games until 8-7 to Wawrinka. During the next game Djokovic did unusual mistake that gave a break and match point to Wawrinka who managed to close the match and to prepare for the semifinals.

There, Wawrinka will play for the ticket to the finals against Tomas Berdic from The Czech Republic who did by himself a small sensation when he sent world number three, the Spaniard David Ferer back home after winning in four sets with result 6:1, 6:4, 2:6, 6:4.

“It’s an amazing court, probably the court where I had the most excitement throughout all my career” said Djokovic to atpworldtour.com. “Matches with Rafa, with Stan, last year, this year, some epic battles. I’ve won many trophies in Australia, on Rod Laver Arena. I love that court. These are the kind of matches that you work for, you live for, you practise for. Unfortunately somebody has to lose in the end. This year it was me. I lost to a better player.”

 

wawrinka VS Djokovic

[notice noticeType=”info”]Photo: Match stats | Source: www.ausopen.com[/notice]

 

Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel