Serena Williams swept into the last 16 with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over China`s Peng Shuai, while Rafael Nadal began defence of his crown with a crushing 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina`s Juan Monaco in Madrid Tennis Open Wednesday.
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.
Slapping on the sun cream may be second nature to Australians but it seems some of the world`s leading players are taking unnecessary risks by not wearing any protection against skin cancer at the opening grand slam of the year.
Nadal fought back from a career-threatening knee injury to take 2013 by storm, winning 10 titles including the French Open and US Open and edging Novak Djokovic for the year-end world number one. Started this year with a win in Doha and he will be keen to make up for his injury-forced absence from Melbourne last year.
After sealing his 61st career title, Rafael Nadal said he is in a better condition for the first Grand Slam event of the year, but finds it a bit strange playing in the Australian Open, which happens to be the only second tournament of the year.