Djokovic all praise for Wawrinka

A magnanimous Novak Djokovic said he lost to the better player as his 25-match win streak at the Australian Open was ended by Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

"Obviously I'm disappointed but tomorrow is a new day," Djokovic told reporters. "I have to accept the fact that you can't win all the matches that you play.

"One thing I can be proud of is that I gave my best (but) it wasn't enough. I know that I fought all the way through and laid my heart out there. It's a battle. One of us has to lose. He was a better player. He stepped in and he won the match."

Djokovic was bidding to become the first man in the open era to win the title four times in a row.

"He served extremely well from the beginning to the end," Djokovic said. "Every time he was in trouble, he was coming up with big serves.

"He took his opportunities. He deserved this win today. I congratulate him absolutely. There is nothing I can say."

"He had been chipping the return for the whole match, basically," Djokovic said of his choice to serve and volley on match point. "And it was actually a good decision. I had a good serve and volley and good volley, but didn't put it away."

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