ao13djokovic_wawa

ao13djokovic_wawa

Points won by each set: [ 13-27, 41-35, 35-27, 42-42, 78-69 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
24 % Djokovic – 47 of 195
25 % Wawrinka – 54 of 214

An initial shocker that turned into an epic. Even though Djokovic [1] hadn’t been broken in his 44 service games entering that 4th round contest, Wawrinka [17] broke him five straight times! The Swiss was playing superb tennis, Djokovic began the match with a wrong pair of shoes (!), couldn’t find the balance in defence, several times almost falling down, and decided to change the shoes trailing 1-6, 1:2 (forty minutes of play). He felt better afterwards, Wawrinka was still on fire though and built a 4:1 lead, later on 5:2, *5:3 (30/0). Djokovic managed to win six straight games when Wawrinka came back to the right track and led 4:3* in the 3rd set – then, similarly to the end of the previous set, the Serbian was much better. No breaks of serve in the 4th set and Wawrinka converted his third set point in the tie-break winning it 7 points to 5. The underdog began the decider having game point to lead 2:0, then he had to chase all the time. At 4-all he had four mini-match points, three times he was too passive, on the fourth chance his return hit the line, but was called ‘out’ – Wawrinka could challenge, but didn’t do that. The last game of the match was the longest (11 minutes, 5 deuces) – first Wawa led 40/15 when Djokovic hit the line with his return, then they exchanged game/match points a couple of times, and ultimately after one of the best rallies of the match, Djokovic passed his opponent with a tight backhand cross to win the marathon! One year later on the same court they will play another long 5th set against each other with better ending for Wawrinka.

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