Stanislas Wawrinka has finally joined the feted list of Grand Slam winners after unexpectedly defeating Rafael Nadal in four sets; the final score was 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Things may have been different had Nadal not experienced a painful back spasm in the second set.
However, it would be unfair to draw attention away from what was a phenomenal performance from Wawrinka, who has long been seen as a ‘nearly man’; immensely talented but not able to go the whole distance required for greatness.
The Swiss player capped off a fine tournament, one in which he became the first Swiss to replace Roger Federer as the nation’s top tennis player after a run that included a semi-final victory over Novak Djokovic.
Indeed, the 28-year-old became only the second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles title, although he has a long way to go before he catches reaches Federer’s tally of 17 slams.
Despite his injury, Nadal was able to win the third set, with Wawrinka clearly being jolted by the long break in play following the injury to his opponent.
However, the Swiss started the match in impressive style, winning the first set in 37 minutes and striking 12 clean winners to Nadal’s four in the process. Despite losing the third set, Wawrinka wrapped up the match with a fierce forehand down the line.
Quoted in the Telegraph after the match, Nadal said, “bad luck was against me today but you really deserve it. To the crowd, it’s been very emotional two weeks. I am sorry to finish this way, I tried very hard.”
Nadal certainly tried his best despite his injury, but his mobility was severely hampered and Wawrinka was able to utilise his new-found advantage.
“I am really sorry for you,” said Wawrinka.
“I hope your back is going to be fine. I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not but I guess I will find out in the morning.”
The new Swiss number one will now be hoping to kick on and add to his single Grand Slam.