Stanislas Wawrinka faces Novak Djokovic in the men's quarter final at the Australian Open
Where to Watch
Stanislas Wawrinka v Novak Djokovic starts at 8am GMT and is live on British Eurosport. Radio commentary is available on Radio Five Live Sports Extra.
In a repeat of two of the finest matches of 2013, Stanislas Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic collide in a contest expected to go the distance once again in Melbourne.
The defending champion Djokovic won 12-10 in the fifth set of a quarter final which lasted over five hours as Wawrinka fell short following an heroic performance.
The pair met again at the US Open with a similar outcome, as the Serbian prevailed over five exhilarating sets.
The champion in Australia from 2011, 2012 and 2013, Djokovic has been in imperious form in the opening four rounds having not dropped a set as he sets about reclaiming his place as world No.1
Wawrinka, who finished 2013 in the top 10 for the first time in his career, has enjoyed similarly seamless progress to the last eight, receiving walkovers in both rounds one and three before overcoming Tommy Robredo in round four.
Having played significantly less tennis across the past 10 days Wawrinka is at his physical peak ahead of a gruelling encounter with Djokovic – regarded among the fittest players on tour.
Djokovic has won 15 of the pair's 17 meetings including the last 14 in a row, Wawrinka's last win coming back in 2006 and given his opponents' devilish major form the world No.2 represents a daunting challenge.
Route to the Quarter Final
First round: 6-4 4-1 retired v Andrey Golubev
Second Round: 6-3 6-3 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 v Alejandro Falla
Third Round: Walkover v Vasek Pospisil
Fourth Round: 6-3 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5)
First round: 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 v Lukas Lacko
Second Round: 6-0 6-4 6-4 v Leonardo Mayer
Third Round: 6-3 6-3 7-5 v Denis Istomin
Fourth Round: 6-3 6-0 6-2 v Fabio Fogini
What they said
Stanislas Wawrinka: "I don't know what to expect. He's an amazing player, especially in Grand Slam, especially here. He's playing so good.
"So it's going to be really difficult. But I'm trying every time to improve. I'm practicing to play that kind of match, a quarterfinal here against one of the best player in the world. I will have a chance to try to beat him. That's the most important."
Novak Djokovic: "Well, I have to be ready to play another 12 10 in the fifth like last year. I know that he's playing the tennis of his life in last 15 months. He's top 10 player now. He's established himself in the top level. He won against some top guys in the big tournaments.
"He is confident. You know, you could feel that mentally when he comes to the court, he believes in himself more. He can win against the top guys in the later stages of events."