Australian Open men’s final: Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka - As it happened...
Last Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 19:03
  
Australian Open men’s final: Rafael Nadal vs Stanislas Wawrinka - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Suyash Srivastava
 
Melbourne: Rod Laver Arena experienced a new champion in Stanislas Wawrinka, as the in-form Swiss defeated the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the Australian Open men’s singles final on Sunday.
 
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One might argue that Nadal wasn't at his best today, but it would be unfair not to give Wawrinka the credit for the incredible tennis he has played in the last two weeks. Even when Rafa was at his best in the first set, the Swiss won it convincingly, and has now announced himself at the big stage with his maiden Major title!

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka wins it 6-3

Wawrinka to serve for the set and the championship. Stan wins the first point off a good serve, 15-0. Stan served and went for the volley, Rafa wasn't prepared for that and his return hit the nets, 30-0. Good wide serve from Wawrinka and Rafa's return went long, at 40-0, Wawrinka has three match points! Wawrinka serves good and smashes a forehand winner to WIN HIS MAIDEN GRAND SLAM TITLE BY DEFATING THE WORLD NO. 1!

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka leads 5-3

Nadal to serve. Nadal serves good and follows it with a forehand winner from the nets, 15-0. This time Rafa's forehand crashes into the nets, 15-15. Good rally once again between the two players and it ended with a good down the line forehand from Wawrinka and Nadal couldn't get there in time, 15-30. Nadal came to the nets to dominate, but it was a good deep return from Wawrinka and Nadal's shot found the nets, 15-40. Two break points for Wawrinka! And after a good rally, Wawrinka once again played his trademark forehand winner to break Nadal's serve!

FOURTH SET: Nadal leads 4-3

Wawrinka to serve. Rafa wins the first point, 0-15. Nadal hits a good forehand and Stan's return came long, 0-30. Stan tries to end the rally in a hurry and hit one high and wide, 0-40. Three break points for Nadal! Wawrinka misses out on an easy chance from the net and Rafa has broken Wawrinka's game with four consecutive points!

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka leads 4-2

Nadal to serve. Wawrinka plays a powerful forehand off the bounce, 0-15. Wawrinka misses out on an easy forehand down the line which he hits long, 15-15. Nadal's two-handed backhand goes way long, 15-30. Nadal's forehand hits the net that gives Wawrinka two break points! Wawrinka smashes a down the line forehand winner to break the serve!

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka leads 3-2

Wawrinka to serve. Nadal plays an attacking forehand from the nets, 0-15. Wawrinka replies with an ace, 15-15. Second consecutive ace from Wawrinka, 30-15. Good serve from Wawrinka, he now leads 40-15 in the game. Rafa tried to attack the serve with a two-handed backhand which clipped the nets and went wide.

FOURTH SET: Scores level 2-2

Nadal to serve. Rafa wins the first two points, 30-0. Rafa challenged a call at the baseline which was called in, and it was out, 40-0. Rafa's backhand hit the nets, 40-30. Rafa holds on as Wawrinka's return of serve goes well long.

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka leads 2-1

Wawrinka to serve. Rafa's return of serve crashes into the net, 15-0. This time Stan's backhand hit the nets, 15-15. Good service from Wawrinka, 30-15. Wawrinka follows his good serve with a powerful forehand winner, 40-15. Another good serve from Wawrinka, he followed it with two good volleys. Game Wawrinka!

FOURTH SET: Scores level 1-1

Nadal to serve. Rafa wins the first point, 15-0. Nadal's down the line backhand lands marginally wide, 15-15. Rafa's forehand hit the nets, 15-30. Wawrinka delivers another superb forehand, and gets two break points with a 15-40 lead in the second game! Good serve from Rafa as Wawrinka's return hit the nets, 30-40. One break point remaining for the Stan. Rafa saves another break point with a quick serve, 40-40, deuce. Rafa takes the advantage as Stan's shot goes hign and long. Good serve from Rafa and he followed it with a winner from the nets.

FOURTH SET: Wawrinka leads 1-0

Wawrinka to serve. The Swiss wins the first three points, 40-0. Wawrinka wins the game with a backhand winner!

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Wawrinka slowed down his game in the early part of the third set as Rafa slowly is getting back in his groove. Rafa's serve is slowly improving and Wawrinka needs to focus here as the Spaniard can stun him.

THIRD SET: Nadal wins it 6-3

Nadal to serve for the set. Wawrinka wins the first point with a down the line forehand winner, 0-15. Rafa wins a point as Stan's forehand goes long, 15-15. Rafa's forehand goes long, 15-30. Nadal's down the line backhand goes wide. Wawrinka has two break points at 15-40! Rafa saves the first one with a good serve as Stan's return hit the nets, 30-40. Stan tries to dominate the serve and ends up hitting the return wide, 40-40, deuce! Rafa takes the advantage. Stan brings the game back to deuce with a good forehand winner, 40-40. Stan's backhand goes long as Rafa takes the advantage. Rafa wins the third set! What a comeback from the Spaniard!

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 5-3

Wawrinka to serve to stay in the set. Wawrinka dominates the rally and smashes a good cross-court forehand, 15-0. Rafa's return of serve goes wide, 30-0. Wawrinka serves another ace, 40-0. Wawrinka smashes another forehand winner to win the game.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 5-2

Nadal to serve. Good rally between the two players, Rafa's backhand goes wide, 0-15. Good serve from Rafa, Stan's return goes high and long, 15-15. Another incredible cross-court winner from Wawrinka, 15-30. Rafa wins a point with a forehand winner, 30-30. Wawrinka's return of serve went long, 40-30. Rafa wins the game.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 4-2

Wawrinka to serve. Another top cross-court forehand from Stan, 15-0. Good deep return of serve from Rafa and this time Stan's backhand goes wide, 15-15. Another superb two-handed backhand winner from Rafa, 15-30. Rafa's slice landed long, 30-30. Good wide serve from Wawrinka and he followed that with a winner from the nets, 40-30. Wawrinka wins the game.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 4-1

Nadal to serve. Nadal's two-handed backhand goes wide, 0-15. Good wide serve followed by a cross-court forehand winner for Rafa, 15-15. Rafa takes the lead with a down the line backhand winner, 30-15. Stan's cross-court forehand goes way wide, 40-15. Rafa wins the game as he delivers a forehand winner down the line.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 3-1

Wawrinka to serve. He begins with an ace, 15-0. Good return of serve from Nadal, 15-15. Wawrinka hits another ace, 30-15. Good serve from the Stan, Rafa's return goes high and long, 40-15. Wawrinka wins a game, 40-30. Stan wins the game gets on the board in the third set.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 3-0

Nadal to serve. Rafa wins the first point, 15-0. Wawrinka's shot goes wide, 30-0. Good cross-court backhand from Wawrinka, Rafa didn't move there. 30-15. Rafa tries to go for a forehand winner, hits it wide, 30-30. Wawrinka's shot goes wide, 40-30. Nadal wins another game and takes a three-game lead in the third set.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 2-0

Wawrinka to serve. Double-fault from Wawrinka, 0-15. Good court coverage from Nadal and he wins another point off a good cross-court forehand, 0-30. Wawrinka comes up with another ace, 15-30. Rafa once again plays a good point, hits a forehand winner down the line to win a point, 15-40. Two break points for Rafa! Stan saves the first one with a good serve, 30-40. And Nadal has broken Wawrinka's serve, as the Swiss's shot crashed into the net.

THIRD SET: Nadal leads 1-0

Nadal to serve. Wawrinka wins the first two points, 0-30. Rafa wins a point as Stan's return goes long, 15-30. Stan wins another point as Rafa's backhand goes wide, 15-40. Two break points for Wawrinka! The Swiss misses out on the first one as he hits a down the line shot wide, 30-40. Rafa wins another point, 40-40, deuce. Rafa delivers a cracking forehand winner to take advantage in the game. Rafa wins the game as Stan's shot goes long.

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The physio is there at the court again and Rafa is once again receiving treatment for his back.

The Swiss has dominated the proceedings so far but Rafa isn't the same Nadal we all know him to be.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka wins it 6-2

Wawrinka to serve for the set. The Swiss starts off with a double-fault, 0-15. Good wide serve from Stan, weak response from Rafa, 15-15. Wawrinka fires another ace, 30-15. Another forehand winner from Stan, 40-15. Two set points for Wawrinka. The Stan comes up with another ace, and Wawrinka now has a two-set lead over Nadal who is clearly struggling there at the Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal isn't playing his best tennis at the moment and the physio is there again.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 5-2

Nadal to serve to stay in the set. Stan's return of serve goes long, 15-0. Nadal's forehand went long on this occasion, 15-15. Nadal's two-handed backhand went long, 15-30. Rafa's shot once again goes long, two break points, two set points for Wawrinka! Rafa saves the first one with two good volleys from the net, 30-40. One more set point for Wawrinka. The Swiss went for a forehand, hit it long, 40-40, deuce. Rafa ran to his left and smashed a forehand that went wide. Third set point for Stan. Rafa saves it again with a wide serve and follows it with a forehand winner, 40-40. Stan's cross-court forehand went wide, advantage Rafa. Game won by Nadal as Stan's shot went wide.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 5-1

Wawrinka to serve. Rafa received another medical treatment, this time on the court. Stan begins with an ace, 15-0. Wawrinka fires another quick ace, 30-0. Rafa's return of serve hit the nets, 40-0. Good wide serve from Stan, Rafa's return clipped the nets and landed for a winner, 40-15. Superb return of serve from Rafa on this occasion, hits a cross-court backhand winner, 40-30. Stan's shot goes wide, 40-40, deuce. Stan delivers another ace to take the advantage! Wawrinka wins the game.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 4-1

Nadal to serve. Rafa wins the first point, 15-0. Stan goes for a down the line forehand winner, ends up hitting marginally wide, 15-15. Double-fault from Rafa, 15-30. Rafa's return goes long, 15-40. Two break points for Wawrinka! Rafa plays a drop shot, Wawrinka comes to the net and hits a down the line winner. Wawrinka has broken Rafa's serve again!

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 3-1

Wawrinka to serve. Good wide serve from Stan, wide return from Rafa, 15-0. Another ace from Wawrinka, 30-0. Good wide serve again and Rafa's return hit the nets, 40-0. Wawrinka seals the game with another ace. Rafa isn't looking comfortable out there.

Rafa returns to the court almost after seven minutes.

Stan is unhappy with Rafa leaving the court with his physio. He is arguing with the chair umpire saying that he should know the reason when a player leaves the court with his physio.

Rafa called for the physical trainer and he has left the court for the time being. Another medical timeout for Rafael Nadal.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 2-1

Nadal to serve. Rafa won the first point, 15-0. Stan wins the next with a deep return, 15-15. Stan's cross-court backhand just landed wide, 30-15. Stan's return of serve landed short, 40-15. Rafa's forehand crashed into the nets, 40-30. Stan dominates the rally again and Rafa's stroke went long, 40-40, deuce. Stan went for his cross-court winner which went wide, advantage Nadal! Nadal wins the game with a powerful forehand as Stan's return landed short. Nadal holds on.

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 2-0

Wawrinka to serve at 1-0. Stan starts off with an ace, 15-0. Rafa's shot goes long this time, 30-0. Rafa's return of serve once again goes long, 40-0, three game points for Wawrinka. Stan served and went for the volley, hit it wide, 40-15. Stan's down the line forehand was called long, the Swiss didn't go for the challenge, 40-30. Serve and volley for Stan this time, and on this occasions he hits a volley winner to win the game!

SECOND SET: Wawrinka leads 1-0

Nadal to serve. Wawrinka once again won point after a 22-shot rally, with a forehand winner, 0-15. Wawrinka slaps anothe cross-court forehand, 0-30. Nadal didn't have any chance to return those first two winners in the game. Stan makes Rafa stretch to his left as a result of which Rafa's forehand hit the nets, 0-40. THREE BREAK POINTS FOR WAWRINKA! Massive return of serve from Wawrinka and he has broken Rafa's serve with four consecutive points in the first game of a new set!

Wawrinka has been brilliant so far in the match as Rafa missed a big opportunity of capitalising on three break points he had in the ninth game.

FIRST SET: Wawrinka wins it 6-3

Wawrinka to serve for the set. Stan smashed one stroke high and way long, he looked in a hurry to end the point, 0-15. Rafa's return of serve was spot on, Stan had no chance there, 0-30. Rafa has dominated the point throughout and Nadal now has three break points! Stan wins the first point of the game, 40-15. Stan wins another point with a deep serve, 40-30. Two break points saved by Stan. Stan saved the third break point as Rafa's return of serve goes long, 40-40, deuce! Three break points saved by Stan! Rafa's return once again went long, and Wawrinka now has a set point! Wawrinka wins the first serve with a quick ace!

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 5-3

Nadal to serve to stay in the set. Good serve from Rafa, 15-0. Quick serve from Rafa and Stan's return once again went long, 30-0. Double-fault from Rafa, 30-15. Good wide serve from Rafa, 40-15, two game points for him. Stan's cross-court forehand goes long, Nadal wins the game.

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 5-2

Wawrinka to serve. Good wide serve, Rafa's return hit the nets, 15-0. Another good wide serve and Stan followed it with a volley winner, 30-0. Another superb down the line forehand, he hammered it on that occasion, 40-0 lead. Stan's serve was called long, he challenged and it was long. Stan misses out on a forehand, 40-15. Rafa smashes an off-forehand cross-court for a winner, 40-30. Wawrinka wins the game as Rafa's return of serve is long.

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 4-2

Nadal to serve at 1-4. Rafa tried to come at the nets, Stan played a lob shot which went high and long, 15-0. Nadal hits a forehand winner, caught Stan on the wrong foot there, 30-0. Good deep return of serve from Stan, 30-15. Stan once again sends Rafa to his left-side of the court with cross-court backhands and then slaps one screamer down the line for a winner, 30-30. Amazing tennis there from Stan. Wawrinka once again dominated the point, came to the net and slapped a volley winner to get another break point! Huge moment this for the Swiss! Good wide serve from Rafa and Stan's return went wide, 40-40, deuce! Stan once again tried to go for that down the line backhand, missed it this time, advantage Nadal. Rafa wins the game with a good cross-court forehand.

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 4-1

Wawrinka to serve. Stan's backhand went wide as he tried to dominate with it, 0-15. Good wide serve from Stan and Rafa's forehand hit the net, 15-15. Wawrinka follows it with the first ace of the match to take a 30-15 lead. Wawrinka follows it with another ace, 40-15. Stan is looking extremely confident here. Stan serves and goes for the volley, gets it to take a 4-1 lead in the first set.

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 3-1

Nadal to serve. Nadal played a drop shot which dropped high and Stan slapped that for a backhand winner, 0-15. Good serve from Rafa and Stan's return hit the nets, 15-15. Double-fault from Rafa, 15-30! Wawrinka once again dominated game as Rafa came to the nets and Stan slapped a powerful backhand and Rafa hit it wide, he was surprised by the pace. Two break points for Wawrinka! Wawrinka breaks the serve after a good rally as Rafa's shot hit the net! What a game for the Swiss!

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 2-1

Wawrinka to serve. Stan hits a cracking forehand winner to take a 15-0 lead. Good cross-court forehand from Wawrinka and Rafa's return went way long, 30-0. Stan's backhand finds the net on this occasion, 30-15. Wawrinka slaps another down the line forehand – a sizzler! 40-15. Superb down the line backhand from Wawrinka, wins the game!

FIRST SET: Scores level 1-1

Nadal to serve. Stan's return of serve goes just long, 15-0. Stan hits a cross-court forehand which goes long again, 30-0. Stan trying his best to dominate. Good wide serve from Rafa, Stan's return goes wide, 40-0. Good wide serve from Rafa again and he followed it with a winner from the nets, game for Rafa!

FIRST SET: Wawrinka leads 1-0

Wawrinka to serve. First serve hit the nets. Off the second serve, Wawrinka played some goodstrokes and Rafa's forehand went wide, 15-0. Rafa's forehand once again goes long, 30-0. Good confidence from the Swiss. The first serve went wide, and Stan's cross-court backhand went long, 30-15. Rafa's cross-court forehand landed long, 40-15. Game point for Stan. Wawrinka wins the game as Rafa tries to dominate the service and hits the net!

Rafael Nadal has won the toss and he has decided to receive.

Both the players have arrived on the court. Despite not having won a single match against Nadal in their 12 outings, a lot is expected from Wawrinka just because the Swiss knocked out the defending champion Novak Djokovic in their quarter-final match.

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.

Nadal proved his worth as a world class athlete, yet again, when he thrashed 17-time major champion Roger Federer in straight sets to reach the final in the opening Slam of the year. Federer was playing some great tennis, but it was the Spaniard who ruled all the way in the semis, and the excitement of a Rafa vs Federer match didn’t live up to its hype.
 
In the quarter-final though, Rafa did struggle against Grigor Dimitrov. The 22-year-old Bulgarian surprisingly won the first set, post which Nadal fought back and registered a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory.
 
Wawrinka on the other hand has emerged as a totally new player, as a result of which he knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic in their quarter-final encounter. It was a sort of revenge for the Swiss who despite giving a neck-to-neck fight to the Serb, was ousted in an epic five-setter last year.
 
Wawrinka wasn’t at his best in his semi-final match, against Tomas Berdych, but he pulled off another win to reach the final. Wawrinka’s power packed game and that incredible backhand, has been the highlight of his play, and he will have to play his heart out, if he entertains any chances of winning his first Major title.

First Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 19:03


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