Stanislas Wawrinka Beats Rafael Nadal To Win 2014 Australian Open

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Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka won his first career Grand Slam today as he beat world number 1 Rafael Nadal to win the Australian Open.

Wawrinka withstood a fightback from Nadal, who was struggling with a back problem, to come through 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.

The 28-year-old becomes only the second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title after 17-time champion Roger Federer.

Fortunes fluctuated wildly over the course of two hours and 21 minutes as Wawrinka opened in scintillating form before a tearful Nadal appeared close to quitting at two sets down, only to stage a remarkable recovery in the third.

The Spaniard, 27, showed great spirit to hit back once again from a break down in the fourth, but a forehand winner gave Wawrinka the decisive break at 5-3 and he served out the biggest win of his life with a love game.

Wana

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