"It definitely ranks right at the top," said Djokovic, when asked to rate the victory over Wawrinka. "One of the longest, most interesting, and most exciting matches I have played in my career.
"Even though I was 6-1 5-2 down, I believed that I can come back if I am two sets down. I've been in those situations before. I was just outplayed by my opponent. He was better on the court for the first hour and a half, no question about it.
"In these circumstances, when you're not playing the way you want to play, you just try to fight and hope for the best."
That looked a forlorn hope after an hour of truly stunning play from Wawrinka, Switzerland's world number 17 firing flashing backhands and heavy serves as he took the first set in just 25 minutes and went 5-2 up in the second.
Amid incredulity among the 15,000 spectators, a subdued Djokovic was left scrambling for his footing as Wawrinka's winners total ticked into the 20s.
A kindly net cord moved Wawrinka to within two points of a two-sets lead at 5-3 - but then the nerves took hold.
The flowing winners were replaced by a more tentative jousting that was just what Djokovic needed, and it was clear who was the more likely to break down as the rallies lengthened.
Four errors in a row allowed Djokovic back into the set and he did not waste the opportunity, a forehand winner giving him a second break soon after and with it the set.
The match was suddenly slipping away from Wawrinka, and Djokovic drove the point home by taking the third with a stunning rally that he dominated on the forehand.
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