Stanislas Wawrinka defeated a stubborn Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to win the 2014 Australian Open and the first Grand Slam title of his career.
It was also his first victory over the Nadal after losing all 12 of their previous meetings. Prior to the match he had failed to ever win a set against him.
The Spaniard was stubborn in victory, with a back injury sustained midway through the second set proving too big an obstacle to overcome.
Yet so too was Wawrinka. Phenomenal and ruthless from the start, he broke Nadal in just the fourth game of the match before two successive aces gave him breathing space. He closed out the first set to win it 6-3.
The second set saw Wawrinka continue to dominate. A back injury began to blight Nadal and led to an injury time-out which irked his opponent and looked as though it may bring the final to a premature end.
But the world number one, sportingly, refused to throw in the towel. He allowed Wawrinka to close out the set for a 2-0 lead, reluctant to let the injury lose the match for him and instead opting to continue fighting for a 14th Grand Slam of his career.
The adrenaline and thought of such an achievement spurred Nadal on, and he responded by winning the third set.
Given his previous two final appearances in Australia had gone the distance, Wawrinka could have been forgiven for casting an eye on the possibility of a fifth set.
However it was not to be needed. At 4-3, he broke Nadal yet again before serving for the title and needing just the one Championship point to become a new Grand Slam champion.
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