If this season`s records are supposed to provide an indication to the man who will be crowned `king of Roland Garros`, Rafa Nadal`s hopes of winning a record-extending ninth French Open title could be in jeopardy.
An Australian Open that began in a heatwave and contained seismic shocks aplenty ended with Stanislas Wawrinka defeating Rafa Nadal to further undermine the superiority of the so-called big four in men`s tennis.
Stanislas Wawrinka was supposed to play his best tennis in the men`s singles final against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. And the Swiss did exactly that to defeat the mighty Spaniard 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
As Stanislas Wawrinka seeks to win his maiden Grand Slam title against Rafael Nadal in Australian Open men’s singles final on Sunday, here are five reasons why ‘the other Swiss’ can defeat the mighty Spaniard at the Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.
The much-anticipated clash between 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal proved to be a one-sided affair as the World No. 1 ousted the Swiss in straight sets 7-6 6-3 6-3 in the second semi-final of Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena to book his berth for the final against Stanislas Wawrinka.
He won 83 points to Rafael Nadal`s 80, hit 30 winners to the Spaniard`s 14, struck more aces and generally played the more inspiring tennis, yet it all ended in familiar fashion for Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals on Wednesday.
After playing a terrific match in 4th round against Wawrinka, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic entered the semis of the men’s singles as he defeated fifth seed Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6- in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open.