Djokovic survives to advance at Australian Open

January 20, 2013 - 10:32 AM
Australian Open Tennis

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a forehand return to Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — 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.