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Djokovic beats defending champ Wawrinka

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Novak Djokovic reached a fifth Australian Open final, avenged a long and arduous loss to Stan Wawrinka and ensured he'd renew an old rivalry with Andy Murray.

The top-ranked Djokovic was so absorbed in the moment, he lost track of the score during Friday's semifinal. His mental lapse after the third set probably cost him the fourth, but the four-time Australian Open champion recovered with three service breaks in the fifth set to beat defending champion Wawrinka 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.

"Sometimes these things happen, you get carried away by a moment," Djokovic said, trying to explain his perplexed expression after he'd taken a lead of two sets to one. "I was very confused when I saw the security on the court.

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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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