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Wawrinka suffers first defeat of season

AUSTRALIAN OPEN champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered his first defeat of the season, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the last big names standing at the BNP Paribas Open.

Third seed Wawrinka went down 7-6 (7/1) 4-6 6-1 to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, while Djokovic looked in deep trouble after losing the first five games to Marin Cilic.

The Croatian was the first man to reach 20 wins at tour level this season but Djokovic recovered to triumph 1-6 6-2 6-3 and will face France's Julien Benneteau in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic is the only member of the world's top seven to reach the last eight, but Federer has been the man in form.

The Swiss is yet to drop a set at the tournament and extended his winning run to nine matches with a 6-4 6-4 victory over his good friend Tommy Haas.

Federer and Wawrinka, who reached the semi-finals together in the doubles on Wednesday night, had been on course to face each other in singles, but instead Federer will play in-form Anderson.

Wawrinka took a month off after his shock win over Rafael Nadal in Melbourne but had looked to have carried his form through, losing just two games to Andreas Seppi in the third round in Indian Wells.

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The Swiss admitted coming back from winning the Australian Open had taken its toll mentally.

He said: "For sure he (Anderson) is playing good. He's a tough player to play in fast conditions. But I'm more disappointed with myself. I felt I was tired mentally.

"I think I was negative all match. I was complaining a lot about my serve, about the way I was playing, and, with that, I don't deserve to win matches.

Tenth seed Raonic came from a set down to defeat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 4-6 7-5 6-3.

In the women's tournament, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska came through a topsy-turvy battle against Jelena Jankovic to reach the semi-finals.

Radwanska won a marathon opening set only for Jankovic to fight back, and the Serbian then recovered from 0-4 to level in the decider but Radwanska pulled away again to win 7-5 2-6 6-4.


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