Melbourne - World No 1 Novak Djokovic fought off defending champion Stanislas
Wawrinka over five sets to reach his fifth Australian Open final on
Friday, where he will meet Andy Murray.
The Serb top seed won 7-6
(7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in 3hr 30mins and will face the British sixth
seed for a third time in Sunday's Grand Slam decider.
was Djokovic's toughest match of the tournament and his serve was broken
five times in a another titanic duel with the Swiss world No 4.
was their fourth straight Grand Slam encounter to go to five sets with
Djokovic winning three of them. He lost to Wawrinka in the
quarter-finals at last year's Australian Open.
The top seed won
through to his fifth Australian Open final after winning his previous
four deciders in Melbourne. He beat Murray in the 2011 and 2013 finals.
But Murray also has form against Djokovic, beating him in the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon finals.
was not a convincing performance from Djokovic, who made 49 unforced
errors to 27 winners and won just 70 percent of his first serves, but
crucially he broke Wawrinka's strong serve seven times.
is dependent on how well I move. I think I was too defensive, especially
in the second set and in the fourth set as well," Djokovic said.
"Stan stepped it up and credit to him for taking the match to the fifth set.
managed to stay consistent and tough in the right moments in the fifth
set, served well when I needed to and I'm just so glad to go through."
had lost only one of his 74 service games prior to the semi-final, but
Wawrinka broke him in the seventh game of the match with a series of
But the Serb hit straight back with outstanding side-to-side movement to level up with the set going to a tie-breaker.
Djokovic was too strong in the tie-break with Wawrinka too loose with his shots to drop the opening set.
Swiss fought off break points in his opening serving game of the second
set, but Djokovic double-faulted on break point in the sixth to lose
Both players traded service breaks in the third set, but
the world No 1 seized control after Wawrinka could not close out a
40-15 lead and he reeled off the next four points to take the lead in
But again Wawrinka hit back with two breaks in the
fourth set to take it into a fifth.
Two double-faults and an overhit backhand cost
Wawrinka an early service break in the final set and another errant
backhand lost him a second service to hand the Serb a winning 4-0 break.Collated results from day 12 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday:
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI x4) 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA)/Lucie Safarova (CZE) bt Chan Yung-Jan (TPE)/Zheng Jie (CHN x14) 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)
Martina Hingis (SUI)/Leander Paes (IND x7) bt Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)/Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-5, 6-4
Daniel Nestor (CAN)/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA x3) bt Sania Mirza (IND)/Bruno Soares (BRA x1) 3-6, 6-2 (10/8)