Stanislas Wawrinka became the second ever Swiss to win a men's Grand Slam title after Roger Federer as he beat injured Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.

Wawrinka, 28, became the first new Grand Slam winner (i.e. outside of Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray) since Juan Martin Del Potro in 2009.

In the first two sets, Wawrinka played some sensational tennis, winning them both with consummate ease. However, it seemed that a grimacing Nadal would be forced to retire with back problems. But Nadal refused to give up and battled back in gritty fashion to win the third set 6-3.

In that third set Wawrinka suffered a noticeable wobble, losing his rhythm and having to defend the animal-like Nadal's sudden return to form. However, that grit from Nadal wavered along with his energy in the fourth and final set, as a nervy Wawrinka won the set 6-3.

The final set should've been much more comfortable; Nadal saved two more break points and even broke back with the score at 4-2. But as Wawrinka finally finished the match off with it he finished the greatest match of his career.

Wawrinka said: "I still think that I'm dreaming. It's a strange feeling. I saw so many finals. I always try to watch the finals of Grand Slams because that's where the best players are playing.

"Before today, for me it wasn't a dream. I never expected to play a final. I never expected to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it."

The heroic Nadal offered this to the press;

"The last thing that I wanted to do was retire. No, I hate to do that, especially in a final.

"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."

This Grand Slam win will go down as one of the most impressive wins of all time: Wawrinka, who will now move up to third in the rankings, became the first man to beat the number one and two seeds in one major since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open.

Next to nobody would have predicted his winning these Championships when they began and few could believe that he'd made it to the Semi-Finals after his stunning victory over Novak Djokovic in the Quarters.

It seems that Switzerland may have found its replacement for Federer; it didn't take long.

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