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Defending Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka avenged his only career loss to Kei Nishikori on Wednesday, when the Swiss No. 4 seed advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) win.

Last September, Nishikori beat Wawrinka in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in five grueling sets, but had few answers for Wawrinka’s power and accuracy in Melbourne, where the Swiss star fired 20 aces to Nishikori’s six and remained on course to defend his title.

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