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Stanislas Wawrinka won his 1st Grand Slam title with a 6–3‚ 6–2‚ 3–6‚ 6–3 against a battling Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open men’s singles final.
After beating the No. 1 and No. 2–ranked players to win the title‚ Wawrinka will move from No. 8 to No. 3 in the rankings.
The 28–year–old becomes only the second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title after 17–time champion Roger Federer.
Wawrinka cruised to a first set victory‚ 6–3‚ but things got interesting when Nadal pulled up with a back injury in the second set.
Nadal said he felt discomfort in his back during the warmup.
Photo Credit: PHOTO: Struggling … Rafael Nadal was hampered by a lower–back injury throughout the contest. (AFP: William West)
Nadal received treatment for his back throughout most of the 2nd set and the injury disrupted how the Spaniard moved around the court.
Nadal was still in discomfort in the 3th set‚ but he won the third set as Wawrinka‚s errors started escalating and he appeared unable to handle the pressure of being in his first Grand Slam final‚ and with an injured opponent on the other side of the net.
After an exchange of breaks in the 4th‚ Wawrinka composed himself to break Nadal and then serve it out in 2 hours‚ 21 minutes.
Source: Mail Online Sport
Australian Open: Previous 10 champions
|2014||Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)|
|2013||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2012||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2011||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2010||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|2009||Rafael Nadal (ESP)|
|2008||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2007||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|2006||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|2005||Marat Safin (RUS)|