Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka

(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic did enough to beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka in a semifinal match that lacked the intensity of their recent five-setters, setting up an Australian Open final against long-time friend and rival Andy Murray.

The top-ranked Djokovic beat Wawrinka in a peculiarly seesawing 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 match Friday night to ensure two members of the so-called Big Four will meet the season-opening Grand Slam final.

Djokovic has a 100 percent winning record in finals at Melbourne Park, claiming his first Grand Slam title here in 2008 and winning three straight years from 2011 before his streak was ended in the quarterfinals last year by Wawrinka.

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2015 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,405
2 R. Federer 9,875
3 R. Nadal 6,585
4 S. Wawrinka 5,370
5 K. Nishikori 5,025
6 A. Murray 4,675
7 T. Berdych 4,660
8 M. Raonic 4,575
9 M. Cilic 4,150
10 D. Ferrer 4,145
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2015 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 8,016
2 M. Sharapova 7,335
3 S. Halep 6,571
4 P. Kvitova 6,360
5 A. Ivanovic 4,845
6 A. Radwanska 4,810
7 E. Bouchard 4,715
8 C. Wozniacki 4,625
9 A. Kerber 3,360
10 D. Cibulkova 3,007
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