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Djokovic holds off Wawrinka; Sharapova advances

 Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hits backhand return to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship...
 Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his fourth round match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open tennis championship in M...
 Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka kicks a ball during his fourth round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championshi...
 Serbia's Ana Ivanovic sits on the court during her fourth round match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open tennis championship...

Australian Open Tennis

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska hits backhand return to Serbia's Ana Ivanovic during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championship...

Australian Open Tennis

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts during his fourth round match against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka at the Australian Open tennis championship in M...

Australian Open Tennis

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka kicks a ball during his fourth round match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open tennis championshi...

Australian Open Tennis

Serbia's Ana Ivanovic sits on the court during her fourth round match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open tennis championship...

Novak Djokovic held off a valiant Swiss man for a five-hour, five-set victory Sunday night, extending his winning streak to 18 matches at the Australian Open and then ripping off his shirt to celebrate.
The big surprise, though, is that it was a fourth-round match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, not Roger Federer.
Djokovic held off 15th-seeded Wawrinka 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 12-10 in a momentum-swinging match to reach the quarterfinals for a 15th consecutive major.
The style was reminiscent of his 5-hour, 53-minute, five-set final win here last year against Rafael Nadal, only 51 minutes shorter.
Djokovic praised the 27-year-old Wawrinka, saying "he deserved equally to be a winner."