Stanislas Wawrinka won the first major of his career at the 2014 Australian Open, beating a injury-plagued Rafael Nadal in four sets to win 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Nadal suffered from a lower back injury that he sustained during the second set. Not to take anything away from Wawrinka’s victory, as the No. 8 player in the world came in as a underdog and proved everybody wrong.
Praise must be given to Nadal for the superb spirit shown after injury. Medical timeouts and painkillers notwithstanding, it was a terrific performance from a player who refuses to give opponents anything but his all on the big stage.
Stanislas Wawrinka beat the three-time defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in a five-set thriller on Tuesday, ending his 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, who has been crowned champion in Melbourne on four occasions in total, had been the clear favourite to advance to the final four, but he found his route blocked by a sensational display from the Swiss.
Wawrinka will next play seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, who also reached his first Australian Open semifinal when he beat No. 3-seeded David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
This errant backhand occurred during last night’s match between Florian Mayer and David Ferrer. The ballboy admirably takes the whole thing in stride, immediately resuming to his position as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Consummate professional.
Novak Djokovic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to advance to the Shanghai Rolex Masters finals early this morning. During the second set, DJokovic dropped a game when he let a ball go pass him thinking it had gone out. The umpire called it out and after a replay determined that the ball caught the line and Tsonga was awarded the point and the game. Djokovic went off after hearing the decision, trying to make the case that he only let the ball go because it was called out.