Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2014 | 6:25 pm
Stanislas Wawrinka won his first grand slam tennis title when he beat an ailing Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s Australian Open final.
Wawrinka defeated the world No. 1 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 in Melbourne to join his good friend Roger Federer as a Swiss grand slam champion.
Wawrinka had never even taken a set off the world No. 1 in 12 previous matches but when an emotional Nadal took a medical timeout for a back injury in the second set, the odds swung in his favor.
Nadal, who downed Federer in the semifinals, was seeking to join Pete Sampras on 14 majors. That would have placed him three behind Federer, the men’s all-time leader.
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