The sight of Djokovic committing errors at critical moments in the match’s deciding game was “a shocker” according to Greg Rusedski, who said that the Serbian star suffered from having all the pressure on his serve in an engrossing final set.
The opposite was true when Djokovic beat Wawrinka in last-year’s fourth round in another five-set slog in Melbourne.
Rusedski said of the match’s conclusion: “Back-to-back nervous points from Novak and that can be the difference. That’s why it is so important to be the one who is serving first in the final set.
“The key thing, going into a fifth set this year, was that he was the one who was serving first … it’s amazing how he believed he could finally get it done.
“It’s all about Stan the man tonight.”
Fellow pundit Virginia Wade said Wawrinka fully deserved the victory which puts him into a semi-final match against Tomas Berdych.
“He was the better player virtually the whole way through the match,” she said.
“But Djokovic struggled. He tried everything he could but it was as if he wasn’t entirely happy with his game.”
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