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Djokovic in 2012. But he missed
the 2013 edition during a seven-
month layoff with knee injuries
and illness, and his quarterfinal
losses in 2010 and 2011 were
affected by injuries.
"It has been a very emotional
two weeks---I m sorry to finish this
way," he told the Rod Laver Arena
crowd. "I tried very, very hard---
this year was one of the more emo-
tional tournaments in my career."
A possible retirement was loom-
ing when Nadal was serving at 0-
2 in the second set. He bent over
at the waist to stretch his back and
then grabbed his lower back with
his hand and grimaced in pain. His
serve immediately dipped to 141
kph (87 mph).
When Nadal took a medical
timeout after falling behind a set
and a break, and returned to a cho-
rus of boos without a shirt after
7 minutes, it seemed that an early
finish was on the cards.
Wawrinka was aggravated during
the time out, demanding that offi-
cials tell him why Nadal needed
the break. And he came out
aggressively to finish off the second
set.Nadal s serve speed dipped even
further to 125 kph (77 mph) and
then 114 kph (70 mph). The sup-
port in the stadium gradually shift-
ed as the crowd saw the Spaniard
battling to stay on the court.
His service speed improved in
the beginning of the third set,
prompting a fan to yell advice to
Wawrinka: "C mon Stan, no sym-
By the end of the set, Nadal s
serve was back up to 174 kph (108
mph) and Wawrinka s error count
Wawrinka composed himself
after an exchange of breaks in the
fourth set to serve it out in 2 hours,
21 minutes. After a muted cele-
bration, he consoled Nadal in the
courtside chairs before getting a
chance to hold up and kiss his first
MELBOURNE---Stan Wawrinka added
a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of
firsts in a stunning run to his maiden
Grand Slam title, extending his rival s
injury-cursed run at the Australian
Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset
in yesterday s final.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never
taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous
meetings, but attacked from the start
against the 13-time major winner and
regained his nerve after dropping the
third set against the injured Spaniard.
Nadal appeared to be on the verge
of retiring in the second set, when he
hurt his back and needed a medical
time out, but he refused to quit.
"It s really not the way you want to
win a tennis match, but in a Grand
Slam final I ll take it," said Wawrinka,
the first man in 21 years to beat the No
1 and No 2 ranked players en route to
a Grand Slam title.
Nadal was a hot favourite to win at
Melbourne Park and become the first
man to win each of the four Grand
Slam tournaments twice in the Open
era---instead, his injury curse struck
again. It remains the only major he s
hasn t won at least two times.
"Rafa, I m really sorry for you, I hope
your back is going to be fine, you re a
really great guy, good friend and really
amazing champion," Wawrinka said as
he accepted his first major trophy. "Last
year I had a crazy match, I lost it. I
was crying a lot after the match. But
in one year a lot happened---I still don t
know if I m dreaming or not but we ll
see tomorrow morning."
Wawrinka lost in five sets to Novak
Djokovic in the fourth round of the
2013 Australian Open, in the longest
Grand Slam match of the season.
Djokovic went on to win his third con-
secutive title at Melbourne Park, and
then beat Wawrinka again in five sets
in the US Open semifinals.
But Wawrinka avenged those
losses this time, beating Djokovic in
five sets in the quarterfinals---ending
a run of 14 straight losses to the
Now he ll move from No. 8 to No 3.
In doing so, he ll surpass Federer, a 17-
time Grand Slam winner who lost to
Nadal in the semifinals---to become the
highest-ranked Swiss player for the
first time in his career.
A constant supporter of his coun-
tryman, Federer was one of the first
people to call and congratulate Wawrin-
ka after his win.
Wawrinka also broke up a sequence
of wins for the Big Four---with 34 of
the previous 35 majors going to either
Nadal, Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy
"Stan, you really deserve it," Nadal
said. "Luck was against me today but
you really deserve it.
"Last thing that I wanted to do was
retire. I hate to do that, especially in
a final. Same time, is tough to see your-
self during the whole year you are work-
ing for a moment like this, and arrives
the moment and you feel that you are
not able to play at your best."
Nadal has had a terrible stretch with
injuries at the Australian Open, and
has described it as his unluckiest Grand
Slam. He won the title in 2009, and
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will replace David Ferrer as the world s
No 3 player after beating Rafael Nadal
in yesterday s Australian Open final.
Wawrinka is projected to advance
five places from No 8 when the new
ATP rankings are released today. Nadal
will retain his No 1 spot.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka will
become Switzerland s highest-ranked
player for the first time in his career,
overhauling 17-time Grand Slam-win-
ner Roger Federer, who started the Aus-
tralian Open at No 6 and could drop
to No 8 despite reaching the semifi-
After beating No 2 Novak Djokovic
in the quarterfinals, Wawrinka defeated
seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych in the
Djokovic is expected to retain his No
2 spot in the rankings.
Dominika Cibulkova is expected to
jump 11 places from No 24 to No 13
on the WTA rankings after reaching
the women s final, while Australian
Open champion Li Na moves up one
spot to No 3.
Serena Williams retains the top spot
in the women s rankings despite being
eliminated in the fourth round at Mel-
bourne. Victoria Azerenka, who won
the 2012 and 2013 Australian titles but
lost in the quarterfinals this week, stays
Cibulkova upset Maria Sharapova in
the fourth round before reaching her
first Grand Slam final with a win over
fifth-ranked Agnieska Radwanska. Rad-
wanska will moves up on place to No
4, while Sharapova will drop from No
Teenager Eugenie Bouchard---who
beat former top-ranked Ana Ivanovic
in the quarterfinals---enters the top-
Champ, Cibulkova big
movers in rankings
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, left, holds the trophy with runner-up
Rafael Nadal of Spain after his win in the men's singles final at the
Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, yesterday.
Wawrinka upsets Nadal in Aussie final
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