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Summary

  1. Djokovic wins 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0
  2. Djokovic makes record fifth Aussie Open final
  3. World number one will play Andy Murray in final
  4. Last four Grand Slam meetings with Wawrinka have gone to five sets
  5. Serb loses first sets of tournament

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Saturday comes before Sunday, however, which means Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will go

head-to-head in tomorrow's women's final. Can Sharapova end a 11-year losing streak against the world number one or will Williams win her 19th Grand Slam title? There will be game-by-game live text commentary for that match, which will also be live on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Tune in or miss out. Bye for now.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

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"Katie has had a terrific run here and she has earned this moment. It is a big moment for her. Everyone I have spoken to is full of praise. Some players have ability, which she clearly has, but what she also has is a real hard-work ethic and that will take her further in the game."

'It's amazing, I never thought I would get here'

Some quotes from 15-year-old Briton Katie Swan, who has reached the final of the girls' singles competition, which takes place on Rod Lever Arena on Saturday. Swan, who grew up in Bristol, lost the opening set 6-0 to opponent Dalma Galfi before winning the deciding set 7-5 and will now play Tereza Mihalikova in the final.

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She said: "I can't really believe that I'm going to get that opportunity. I'm really excited and hopefully the nerves won't affect my game. Hopefully I can win tomorrow but if not, I just want to play my game and see how it goes.

"I went down pretty fast in the first set and I just had to stay strong mentally, every point counted," added Swan.

"I was struggling with moving and I took some salt, which helped a lot. When I was serving I felt my whole leg wanting to collapse. I've had cramps before but not that bad. That was tough.

"I saw the physio, so I'm better than I was on court, and they told me what to do so that tomorrow I'll be ready to go."

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"I think Andy Murray will win the final, I really do. He has got his game back in place where we saw him win Wimbledon. He is serving aggressively and well.

"On his second serve he has to keep the speed and variety, but the rest of his game is looking great. And, more importantly, he is moving well, which he wasn't last year because of his back injury."

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For those of you north of the equator who like to spend your Saturday evenings in the local ale house, Sunday's men's final might be a tad early. But the good news is, the BBC coverage will (possibly) soothe a sore head.

Murray versus Djokoivc will be live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. The build up from Melbourne will start on 5 live Breakfast from 06:00 GMT, while BBC One is on air at 08:15 GMT. The live text commentary will start at around 08:00 GMT.

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Should Djokovic beat Murray on Sunday, he would become only the second man in history to win five or more Australian Open titles. Who was the first? Roy Emerson. But perhaps we're getting a little ahead of ourselves...

Another final for Djokovic

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That's that, then. Djokovic has equalled Stafan Edberg and Roger Federer and shares top spot for the most Australian Open final appearances. Will Murray be worried that Djokovic has yet to lose an Australian Open final?

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Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"Stan Wawrinka was not able to bring his 'A' game but on the other hand neither did Novak Djokovic. It was a match that presented opportunities for both players, but, despite being several levels below his best, Djokovic found a way to win."

'If he plays like this, Murray wins'

Former British women's number one

Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "Djokovic was not at his best but through to another Aussie Open final. If he plays like this in the final then Murray wins."

So what has Djokovic got to say about a Sunday showdown against Andy Murray? Not much, really. "Andy and I go back to when we were 12 years old, that's when we first played each other. We've known each other a long time, it's nice to play another Grand Slam final against him."

"Stan is a quality player," adds Djokovic. "I made my life very complicated on the court. Playing semi-finals against defending champion, there's a lot of tensions, a lot of emotions and sometimes you can't keep track of the score.

Asked whether he struggled physically, Djokovic says: "I had, my game depends on how well I move. I was too defensive in the second and fourth set and Stan stepped it up. After that I managed to stay consistent and tough in the right moments and served well when I needed to."

Wawrinka made 69 errors in the match so it is perhaps no surprise he returns to the locker room a defeated man. It was an odd match with a peculiar end.

"Credit for Stan for playing well," says Djokovic. "I think I played well 2-1 up and a break up, and I just played a couple of loose games, I allowed him to come back to the match."

Game, set and match

*Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 6-0 Wawrinka

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The scoreline is perhaps unfair on Wawrinka because he doesn't deserve to beaten so soundly, but if you make so many needless errors against Djokovic then the top seed will punish you. A flick of the wrist from Djokovic, entertaining the crowd with an inch-perfect lob. 30-30. He delves a little further into his bag of tricks, producing a meaty backhand winner down the line for match point and Wawrinka nets. The defending champion is out and Djokovic is through to his fifth Australian Open final.

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Lord Josh Howells: I don't normally watch tennis, but this game is keeping me from paying attention in my module.

Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 5-0 Wawrinka*

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But what's this? The referee has reached five and the defending champion, his sweat and spittle still on the canvas, returns to his knees - another tasty backhand winner for break point. Djokovic holds firm in a crisis. From advantage to deuce to break point to deuce to advantage. Phew. Cat-like reflexes at the net from Wawrinka to bring the score back to 40-40, but Djokovic nudges ahead again and concludes an intriguing game with a majestic ace.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"It's an awful long way back now for Stan Wawrinka. He has handed out too many cheap unforced errors in the fifth set despite having the momentum after winning the fourth set. You thought he would be able to carry that on, but he hasn't.

"There's not been many long relays or top exchanges. We normally see rallies that go 15, 20 or 25 shots but not today because both players have not been timing the ball well. But hopefully we will still see some drama in the rest of this set."

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Saarah Farooqi: What a nail-biting semi! I'm about to take off for Tokyo and won't know the result for another 12 hours. Fifth set tie break needed.

Djokovic breaks

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The pair firing blows from the baseline like two boxers in the final stages of a heavyweight contents. How many more punches has Wawrinka left to throw? Oh my giddy aunt, that was close. Wawrinka unleashes a mighty serve down the 'T' which turns out to be an ace by the width of a butterfly's wing.

From 30-30 to deuce, the world number four directing a tired drop shot towards the tape. Djokovic stepping in on the return, he's preparing to knock his opponent onto the canvas, and so he does. Wawrinka with a backhand into the tramlines. Break point. Wawrinka with a sloppy forehand and he's on the floor, and the referee begins his countdown from 10.

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Alex Jacob White: Not paying attention to anything in this seminar because of this match.

Alice Stainer: Trying to achieve great things this morning but Wawrinka-Djokovic thwarting me. Exciting not the word. Come on Stan, you're the man.

The Fitphiles: Fair play to Novak Djokovic he's such a good example of a fair sportsman. Serious without taking it too seriously.

Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 3-0 Wawrinka*

A Wawrinka return sails long and Djokovic looks skywards, the sight of a relieved man who knows, at 40-15, he is just within one point of tapping a nail into Wawrinka's coffin. Boris Becker seems to have ants in his pants, he's scuffling uneasily in his seat and nervously jumps out of his chair once Djokovic has made sure of the game.

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Djokovic breaks

*Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 2-0 Wawrinka

A double fault from Wawrinka - his fourth of the match - is the cherry on top of the parfait for Djokovic because he now has two break points. Wawrinka saves one... but what about the next point? Djokovic passive, content to retrieve all day long, while Wawrinka is prepared to gamble, though this time he loses his chips, a dodgy backhand and Djokovic is back in control.

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Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"This match was written to become a five-set match with all the history and the flow of the match. It has been up and down and one player has gone ahead then given the lead back on a plate.

"You get the feeling Stan Wawrinka is maybe in a slightly better place in his game. He looks a bit more secure. You know what to expect with Wawrinka. He is a shot-maker, a powerful player and he will hit winners. But so much of Novak Djokovic's game is about his resilience, but you don't feel he is coping with Wawrinka's power at the moment."

Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

Oh boy, it's going to take some stamina and nerve to get through this set. Neither player has had the upper had for too long in this match, but Wawrinka has dazzled on occasions with his shot-making so, perhaps, he is the slight favourite. When the Serb attempts to unleash some venom he usually overcooks it, which is what he does with a forehand which causes a sprinkle of nervous energy to ripple through the stadium at 15-30.

Djokovic fights back - but a well-timed Wawrinka backhand into the corner takes us to deuce. Another delicious backhand from Wawrinka. In or out? Out or in? It's called out, Wawrinka didn't hear the call... there's a debate between the players and the judge. Wawrinka says: "I thought you were challenging." Djokovic accepts the explanation and returns to defend a break point. Another backhand into the same corner from Wawrinka, but this time it bounces long. Djokovic with a rare foray into the tape... Wawrinka racing along the baseline and is a fraction wide with the forehand. Wawrinka a fraction wide with a forehand into the other corner and Djokovic escapes.

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Statistics so far

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Game and fourth set

*Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-6 Wawrinka

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Wawrinka with a serve towards the Djokovic ribcage and the Serb can't get his feet out of the way. But on the next point Djokovic plays with the freedom of a man with nothing to lose and that unnerves Wawrinka, who crashes a backhand into the tramlines. But a thunderclap of a serve from Wawrinka brings up two set points and a phenomenal forehand from Wawrinka ends the set. The spectators are yee-hawingly vocal. Anyone for a fifth set?

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Ed Allchorne: The quality of tennis in this match is just outrageously high at the moment.

James Alex: Considering their fantastic battles why isn't Wawrinka v Djokovic ever the Grand Slam Final itself. That's what fans love.

Charles Nurick: I'm meant to be doing work but this match won't let me! Bye bye education.

Vote result

Earlier today we asked who you want to face Andy Murray in the final.

Well, the results are in and 65.5% want Stan Wawrinka to fight back and move into Sunday's final, with 34.5% voting for Novak Djokovic.

You might just get your wish on this form...

Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 4-5 Wawrinka*

At 30-15 Wawrinka has a chance on the Djokovic serve but he swishes too early on the backhand return and nets. Perhaps the Swiss is saving himself for tougher contests. Djokovic with a pretty straightforward hold.

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Tom Holmes: Djoko v Stan looks to be an absolute thriller and I'm stuck in a lecture following it on BBC Sport.

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Wawrinka's power from the baseline is unsettling Djokovic and the usually relentless Serb is unable to grapple any sort of momentum from the back of the court. The finest returner in the game goes long, allowing Wawrinka to assert his dominance with a hold to love.

Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"The match has come to life and this is what we have waited for. The crowd are getting excited. The story of the match continues. Who really wants this?

"I'm sure they both do, but it's bizarre seeing the number of unforced errors. Andy Murray must be rubbing his hands with delight that this match may be going to five sets."

Wawrinka breaks

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Wawrinka looks towards the other side of the net, it's almost as if he's doing a double-take to make sure the man in blue is Novak Djokovic because the top seed's serves are strangely below par. The Swiss with three break points and, much to the delight of the crowd, he breaks.

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*Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 3-3 Wawrinka

The rallies are becoming longer, both players peppering the court with crafty shots at zany angles as they attempt to outwit the other. Wawrinka with a stunning backhand winner down the line for 30-0. Circus shots from the Swiss as he retrieves a Djokovic lob - he then sprints towards the darkest corner of the baseline to fetch a Djokovic overhead... the crowd scream as if they're on a rollercoaster... Wawrinka still going, attempting to catch another overhead but this time he fails. The world number four has found his groove and holds to 30.

Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 3-2 Wawrinka*

Djokovic keeping the points short so I'll keep the sentences just as short. By the time I put a full stop at the end of this sentence the Serb has held to 15 and is in front again.

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Leon Smith

GB Davis Cup captain

"Somebody has to get some sustained period of quality and whoever does that will go on to win this set. There is something written in the stars that says this will go the distance into five sets. "

*Djokovic 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-4 2-2 Wawrinka

Wawrinka lifts his racquet towards the pavilion and kisses his cap as he hits the half-century, rattling off 51 unforced errors so far in this match, no 52, no 53. Djokovic just a bystander in this game, watching Wawrinka teetering. Three break points. Wow! One saved a stonking forehand winner into the corner from the Swiss. Wow! Wow! Wow! Two saved as the defending champion's drop shot kisses the tramline. Wawrinka raises his index finger. Djokovic puffs his cheeks. A mammoth rally ensues... Djokovic folding like a deckhair in the wind and we're back to deuce! Marvellous.

The pair now working the crowd like two old music hall queens. Super from Wawrinka - clobbering an overhead beyond Djokovic. The Serb's forehand drifts long on the next point and Wawrinka is back and firing.

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Wawrinka breaks back

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At 15-30 Wawrinka has a sniff... and there's a strong stench of an upset as a lineswoman screams "out" only for HawkEye to show that Djokovic's forehand was in by 0.000001mm. We play the point again, but Djokovic is still off-par, gifting Wawrinka two break points and my oh my, that's ugly from a flat-footed Djokovic, dragging a backhand wide to surrender the initiative.

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Martin: The more you see of this match, the more you fancy Andy Murray to lift the title.

Aveed Wocha: Andy on present form could and probably should win the final in straight sets.

Andrew Neill: Neither looking like their best. This will come down to belief and which way the pendulum has swung in the latter stages.

Djokovic breaks

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Wawrinka wrong foots Djokovic with a thunderclap of a forehand, but still finds himself having to defend a break point. A big serve comes to the Swiss' rescue, to deuce we go, and an ill-judged forehand from Djokovic allows the defending champion to nudge ahead to advantage. Djokovic pulls Wawrinka back to deuce, but the Swiss wrestles himself free with a 120mph boomer of an ace. They wouldn't employ Wawrinka on Wall Street, however, because the the 29-year-old can't close out the deal. Djokovic with break point... Wawrinka attacks; races to the net but slaps the volley into the tape.