Stanislas Wawrinka ended world No. 2 Novak Djokovic’s quest for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title, winning their quarterfinal match 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7.
Djokovic, who was vying for his seventh Grand Slam trophy, had his streak of reaching 14 straight major semifinals snapped by the 28-year-old Swiss.
“It’s a really great feeling,” Wawrinka said after the win (via BBC). “There were some special moments which went well together in this match, making it for the first time here to the semis, winning my first match on Rod Laver after all these years. It’s been a very special match to me.”
The victory was the eighth-seeded Wawrinka’s first over Djokovic since 2006 – a span of 14 losses. The 26-year-old Serb owns a 15-3 head-to-head record.
“He deserved this win today,” said the second-seeded Djokovic (via Sports Illustrated). “I gave it my best. I gave it all. I tried to fight until the last point, as I did in a very similar match we did last year in the fourth round, same court, but it wasn’t to be this time.”
Wawrinka has long played in the shadow of his more famous and accomplished compatriot, 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, but has recently had a career resurgence. He reached his maiden major semifinal at the U.S. Open last year and went on to finish the season in the top eight for the first time.
He will play Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych, who was a 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 winner over No. 3 David Ferrer of Spain, in the semifinals.
In the women’s draw Eugenie Bouchard, 19, became the first Canadian to reach the Australian Open semifinals after rallying to beat former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.
Bouchard will meet No. 4 seed Li Na of China in the next round.