Melbourne. Top seed Novak Djokovic secured his place at the 2015 Australian Open finals after a grinding 5-set battle against last year’s champion Stan Wawrinka.
A dynamic first set saw Wawrinka taking a slight advantage with 3:4 games, but Nole quickly shifted the result in his favour. Though not without difficulties, the Serb took the first set 7:6 (1) and opened strongly in the second. Wawrinka kept a steady pace and broke Djokovic with 2:4 games, eventually equalising by a sound 3:6.
But in the third set, Stan was no match for the determined Serb, who took a quick 3:0 lead. Wawrinka showed character and brought things back to 3:3, then seemed to be in for a 5:5, but faulted. Djokovic took the set by 6:4 though he struggled in the fourth, where the Swiss demonstrated a brilliant game to force the match into a fifth set by a 4:6. Djokovic exploded in the final fifth where he left no chance for Wawrinka and won by a 6:0.
The Serb will play a record fifth Australian Open final against Andy Murray, who beat Tomas Berdych on the semi.
Djokovic – Wawrinka 7:6(1), 3:6, 6:4, 4:6, 6:0