Australian Open final: Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka - Preview
Last Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 00:59
  
Australian Open final: Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka - Preview
Melbourne: It would be a special Grand Slam final as Stanislas Wawrinka takes on the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles final at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
 
Both the players have played some incredible tennis throughout this tournament, and in terms of matches won previously, Nadal has a 12-0 lead over the Swiss, who will be playing his first Major final. And as per another interesting fact, Wawrinka has never won a set against Nadal.
 
Rafael Nadal, despite having a blister in his left-hand palm, demolished 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in straight sets in their semis match, to improve his all-time record against the Swiss legend to 33-10.
 
The match is crucial for Rafael Nadal as a victory will tie him with Sampras at 14 Grand Slam titles and make him the first man in the Open era -- and only third in history -- to win each of the four major titles twice.
 
The surprise package of this tournament has been Stanislas Wawrinka. After losing in an epic five-setter against Novak Djokovic last year, this time the Swiss made sure the Serb was at the receiving end. Wawrinka’s confidence is on an all-time high and even though he wasn’t at his best against Tomas Berdych in their semi-final encounter, the 28-year-old will once again have to play his best tennis to win his maiden Grand Slam title.

First Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 00:59


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