By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
In a brutal marathon match during the Australian Open quarterfinals, Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka brought an end to champion Novak Djokovic’s three years of domination.
By winning the 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 quarterfinals match, Wawrinka also ended Djokovic’s 28-match tour streak, 25 straight wins in this tournament, 14 Grand Slam semifinals in a row, and 13 victories against top 10 players.
He also avenged a five-set defeat by Djokovic in the fourth round last year.
“Of course, obviously I’m disappointed at this stage,” admitted Djokovic.
However, he remains hopeful about the future and knows that Wawrinka earned the victory. Djokovic expressed, “But tomorrow is a new day. I have to accept the facts that you can’t win all the matches that you play. One thing I can be proud of is that I gave my best. It wasn’t enough. But again, I know that I fight all the way through and laid my heart out there. It’s a battle. One of us has to lose. He was a better player. He stepped in and he won the match.”
Featured image courtesy of Australian Open Facebook.