Jalandhar, 26 Jan, Sandipan Sharma: Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka won his maiden Grand Slam title with victory over injured Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final with 6-3,6-2,3-6,6-3.
The 28-year-old Swiss player, currently eighth seed roared through the first two sets and overcame the distraction of a back injury to Nadal, and then the loss of the third set, to take it in two hours 21 minutes.
The Spaniard, Nadal 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.
“The last thing that I wanted to do was retire. No, I hate to do that, especially in a final,” said Nadal, who revealed he felt the back issue in the warm-up.
“It’s not the moment to talk about that. It’s the moment to congratulate Stan. He’s playing unbelievable. He really deserved to win that title. “I’m very happy for him. He’s a great, great guy. He’s a good friend of mine.”
The Spaniard became the first man to defeat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam. Nadal had injury problems in the past in Melbourne.
He also missed the 2006 and 2013 editions because of injury and retire in his quarter-final against Andy Murray in 2010, and again in 2011 he was hit by a muscle strain during his quarter-final defeat to David Ferrer.