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Serbia's Novak Djokovic raises his arms as he celebrates his fourth round win over Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

Dita Alangkara, Associated Press

Djokovic survives to advance at Australian Open

  • Associated Press
  • January 20, 2013 - 9:03 AM

MELBOURNE, Australia - Novak Djokovic got a huge scare from 15th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka before hanging on to win in the 22nd game of the fifth set to advance to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.

The top-seeded Djokovic needed 5 hours, 2 minutes for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory that ended early Monday morning.

Djokovic broke Wawrinka's serve in the final game to clinch the win on his third match point with a cross-court backhand.

Djokovic is the two-time defending champion and has an 18-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. He is trying to become the first man in the Open era to win the tournament three times in a row.

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