Djokovic survives 5-set thriller, Ferrer and Almagro advance

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Updated: January 20, 2013

Novak Djokovic’s bid at a third consecutive Australian Open title remains alive after he survived Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic fourth-round match that stretched into Monday morning.

Djokovic reached his 15th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 12-10 victory.

David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro were fourth-round winners and reached the quarterfinals at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The fourth-seeded Ferrer had a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 16 Kei Nishikori. Ferrer, who advanced to his fifth straight Grand Slam quarterfinal, broke Nishikori 7-of-11 times.

“Today I played very good, one of the best matches on my career in the Australian Open,” Ferrer said. “I’m very happy with my game. The result, it was in three sets, but the game, it was very, very difficult to beat Nishikori.”

The No. 10 seed Almagro advanced when No. 8 Janko Tipsaveric retired with a foot injury while Almagro was holding a 6-2, 5-1 lead. Almagro had lost in the fourth round in each of his last three years.

Ferrer and Almagro will meet in the quarterfinals in an all Spaniard affair.

Kevin Anderson’s impressive singles run at the Australian Open was halted by fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne on Sunday. Anderson put up a fight, taking the third set to a tie-break, but Berdych held on to win 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (15/13) and reach the quarterfinals.