Novak Djokovic: Stan Wawrinka was killing me but then it went the distance


Novak Djokovic: Stan Wawrinka was killing me but then it went the distance

20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic acknowledged that Stan Wawrinka has been one of his toughest opponents and mentioned their match at the 2013 Australian Open. Djokovic, a record nine-time Australian Open champion, made it all the way at Melbourne Park in 2013.

However, Djokovic's road to the 2013 Australian Open title wasn't easy as he edged out Wawrinka in the round-of-16 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5) 12-10. "[The 2013 Australian Open fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka] was another thriller.

A five-set marathon match. Stan was killing me on the court. Then it went the distance and it was one of those matches that will remain in my heart forever," Djokovic said in his interview with Eurosport, according to Sportskeeda.

"He is definitely one of the toughest opponents I've had throughout my career. We've had some amazing battles over the years and this was definitely one of the best ones."

Wawrinka on playing Djokovic

"Novak Djokovic was always one of the Big-3 but I liked playing him the most.

His play suits me the most, even though he has beaten me more times than I can count," Wawrinka said. "I know he fears me, mostly in Grand Slams and I feel that stepping on to the court. He plays at his highest level against me because he knows what I'm capable of." Wawrinka lost a tight one to Djokovic at the 2013 Australian Open but beat the Serb at Melbourne Park a year later 2-6 6-4 6-2 3-6 9-7.

After beating Djokovic in the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinal, Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal in the final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title. "[Against Novak Djokovic at the 2014 Australian Open] I started doubting myself, and lost the first set 2-6.

I managed to get into the match anyway and made it into the fifth set," Wawrinka recalled. "I told myself, 'this time I will make it and I won't let him get away. It is my time' That is what happened and it took me to another level in my career."

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