Shock result in men’s decider at Aus Open

THE world is celebrating two new Australian Open champions.

Stanislas Wawrinka won the first Grand Slam of his career at Melbourne Park (pictured – courtesy of tennis.com.au) on Sunday night after overcoming a wounded Rafael Nadal.

Sports News First reports, the Swiss eighth-seed raced through the opening set winning it six games to three dominating the world No. 1, before it became apparent, Nadal was dealing with a back complaint.


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He took an injury time-out early in the second set and then returned barely able to serve or move and as a result Wawrinka easily opened up a two sets to love lead.

However, then Nadal revived himself and perhaps the pain-killers kicked in while Wawrinka felt the pressure that now suddenly there was a Grand Slam title for him there for the taking.

Nadal won the third set easily to force a fourth, but Wawrinka steadied himself to win and take the match 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 21 minutes.

It was a brave performance from Nadal to keep fighting despite his back complaint and jeers from the crowd when a record number of players at this year’s Australian Open have retired mid-match at the slightest sign of a bit of pain.

Wawrinka is now the highest-ranked Swiss player, surpassing Roger Federer for the very first time.

It followed a dominant performance by China’s Li Na in the women’s decider on Saturday night.

The crowd favourite took just two sets to do away with Dominika Cibulkova.

The 31-year-old world No. 4 had previously played in two Australian Open finals and lost both in 2011 and 2013.

It was a tight battle in the first set of the final on Rod Laver Arena with it going to a tie-break, but the Chinese veteran managed to prevail in that and then dominate the second set in just 22 minutes to win the match 7-6, 6-0.

Na continued to win fans after the match, with her speech trending on Twitter.

She started by thanking her agent: “Max, agent, make me rich, thanks a lot” she said.

Then she turned to her husband of eight years, Dennis: “Thanks (to) him with everything, travelling with me as my hitting partner. (He) fixes my drink, fixes my raquet… So thanks a lot, you’re a nice guy.”

“Also, you’re so lucky, you found me”.

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