Novak Djokovic ripped his shirt off after a grueling 5-hour set against Stanisla Wawrinka during the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Djokovic extended his win streak to 18 at the Australian Open with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 victory. The match lasted for five hours and ended just short of 2 in the morning.
After winning, an exhausted Djokovic ripped his shirt and then congratulated his opponent on an extremely well played match.
“He deserved equally to be a winner of this match … I give him a lot of credit. He has all my respect. He was the aggressive player on the court. I was just hanging in there trying to fight.”
The NZ Herald reports that Wawrinka started to cramp up and needed to get a quick massage before the fifth set.
Wawrinka, who came into the tournament ranked 15th, said:
“It’s by far my best match I ever play, especially in five sets against the No. 1 player … full house. At the end I was really, really close. For sure I’m really sad. … But I think there is more positive than negative.”
Here’s a video of Novak Djokovic ripping off his shirt at the Australian open.
Djokovic will play Tomas Berdych, who defeated South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, in the next round of the Australian Open.