There will be a new Australian Open men’s singles champion!
Novak Djokovic’s quest for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title ended after a thrilling five-set defeat to No. 8 Stan Wawrinka 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in a match that lasted exactly four hours.
In the fourth round last year, Djokovic held off Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set. That match lasted a shade over five hours. This year Wawrinka got his revenge – and perhaps the biggest win of his career.
Wawrinka will next face seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych in the semifinals. Berdych defeated third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Ferrer had been a semifinalist here two of the last three years.
There could be a new star emerging in women’s tennis, as 19-year old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard defeated No. 14 Ana Ivanovic (who defeated Serena Williams in the previous round) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. The 30th seed is the first Canadian to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open.
She will play Li Na of China. The fourth seed defeated No. 28 Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 for her fourth Australian Open semifinals in the past five years.