Wawrinka’s highest ranking position was no. 3, but at US Open ’13, for three and a half hours he could feel himself on the top of the tennis pyramid. First he had ousted the defending champion Murray in ~two hours, then he was outplaying the best player in the world, the 2011 champion of the event – Djokovic ; Wawrinka led 6-2, 4:2* (30/15) after 70 minutes. It was a reminiscence of their Aussie Open ’13 clash in the round of last 16, when the Swiss stormed to a 6-1, 4:1* lead – in both cases the Serb didn’t surrender and managed to steal the 2nd set with “7” in front for himself. There was *5:3 (30-all) for Wawrinka in the 3rd set when a 36-stroke rally occurred, and he won it. Contrary to their Melbourne meeting, he led 2-1 in sets, but it wasn’t enough again. In the 4th set he began to feel pain in his leg, he destroyed his racquet (got a point penalty), took a medical time-out, and his movement improved in the decider. He led 2:1* after a game which may be the longest in careers of them both – 12 deuces, 21 minutes, Wawrinka saved five break points. Perhaps serving a lot more (54 points more on serve!), ultimately cost Wawrinka losing in the end. Djokovic got a break at 2-all and three easy holds secured him the final berth.
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