Wawrinka wins first-ever slam title in Australia over Nadal

January 26, 2014

Australian Open—Melbourne, Australia

No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday in Melbourne, defeating top ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to win his first-ever grand slam title at the Australian Open.

Opening the match in blistering form, Wawrinka captured 100 percent of his first serve points in the first set. While Nadal was far from his best and struggled with a lower back injury that he picked up during the warm up, Wawrinka continued to play his game and go up two sets to love. Being the champion that he is, Nadal managed to win the third set in respectable fashion, but didn’t have enough to push the match to a fifth set.

With his victory, Wawrinka will be ranked No. 3  in the world come Monday. He also remains undefeated on the year at 12-0 and leaves Australia having defeated 3-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarters, as well as Nadal in the finals.

The Spaniard, who was attempting to become the third player to win ever major at least twice, will have to wait another year in order to win another title Down Under. Nadal will open up an approximate 4,000 point lead on Novak Djokovic in the points standings come Monday. Andy Murray will be ranked No. 6 and Roger Federer No. 8.

Nadal reaches Australian Open final after 3-set win over Federer

January 24, 2014

Australian Open—Melbourne, Australia

Top seed Rafael Nadal defeated four-time former champion Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Friday, 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3 to reach the finals. After a competitive first set, Nadal began to open his shoulders and dictate from the back of the court. Winning 73 percent of his first and second serve points, Nadal broke serve on four occasions and added 28 winners and three aces to his victory. Federer, who was looking to dismiss Nadal for the first time in a major since 2007, struck 50 unforced errors to 34 winners.

Nadal will next face first-time major finalist Stan Wawrinka on Sunday. Wawrinka has never taken a set off of Nadal in 12 previous meetings. The Spaniard will be attempting to capture his 14th grand slam title, which would tie him with Pete Sampras on the all-time list.

Wawrinka reaches first slam final in Australia

January 23, 2014

Australian Open—Melbourne, Australia

Semifinal results:

[8] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) 63 67(1) 76(3) 76(4)


Nadal beats Dimitrov and Federer staves off Murray to set up blockbuster Aussie Open semifinal

January 22, 2014

Australian Open

Quarterfinal results:

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. [22] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 36 76(3) 76(7) 62
[6] Roger Federer (SUI) d. [4] Andy Murray (GBR) 63 64 67(6) 63

Wawrinka ousts three-time defending champion Djokovic at Australian Open; faces Berdych next

January 21, 2014

Australian Open – Melbourne, Australia

Quarterfinal results:

[8] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) 26 64 62 36 97

[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. [3] David Ferrer (ESP) 61 64 26 64

Nadal, Murray, Federer and Dimitrov race into Australian Open quarterfinals

January 20, 2014

Australian Open

Fourth-round results:

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. [16] Kei Nishikori (JPN) 76(3) 75 76(3)
[4] Andy Murray (GBR) d. Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-1, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2
[6] Roger Federer (SUI) d. [10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 63 75 64
[22] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 63 36 62 64

Djokovic rolls into the Aussie Open quarterfinals; Ferrer, Berdych & Wawrinka advance

January 19, 2014

Australian Open 2014—Melbourne

Fourth-round results:

[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. [15] Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 60 62
[3] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Florian Mayer (GER) 67(5) 75 62 61
[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. [19] Kevin Anderson (RSA) 62 62 63
[8] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. [17] Tommy Robredo (ESP) 63 76(3) 76(5)

Nadal, Murray & Federer make sweet sixteen at Aussie Open; Dimitrov defeats Raonic

January 18, 2014

Australian Open—Melbourne

Singles – Third Round

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) d. [25] Gael Monfils (FRA) 61 62 63
[4] Andy Murray (GBR) d. [26] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 76(2) 64 62
[6] Roger Federer (SUI) d. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 62 62 63
[10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. [18] Gilles Simon (FRA) 76(5) 64 62
[22] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. [11] Milos Raonic (CAN) 63 36 64 76(10)
[16] Kei Nishikori (JPN) d. Donald Young (USA) 75 61 60
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) d. [27] Benoit Paire (FRA) 62 61 64
Stephane Robert (FRA) d. Martin Klizan (SVK) 60 76(2) 64

Djokovic, Ferrer and Berdych race to Australian Open round of 16; Janowicz ousted

January 17, 2014

Australian Open

Third-round results:

[2] Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 63 63 75
[3] David Ferrer (ESP) d. Jeremy Chardy (FRA)[29] 62 76(5) 62
[7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 64 62 62
[8] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. [8] Vasek Pospisil (CAN) W/O (back)
[17] Tommy Robredo (ESP) d. [9] Richard Gasquet (FRA) 26 75 64 76(6)
[15] Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Sam Querrey (USA) 75 64 64
[19] Kevin Anderson (RSA) d. Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 36 46 63 76(5) 75 – saved 1 M.P.
Florian Mayer (GER) d. [20] Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 75 62 62

Nadal, Federer and Murray cruise to Australian Open third-round; del Potro upset

January 16, 2014

Australian Open—Melbourne

Singles – Second Round

[1] Rafael Nadal (ESP) defeats Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
[4] Andy Murray (GBR) defeats Vincent Millot (FRA) 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeats [5] Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
[6] Roger Federer (SUI) defeats Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 62 61 76(4)
[10] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) defeats Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4
[11]Milos Raonic (CAN) defeats Victor Hanescu (ROU) 7-6(9), 6-4, 6-4
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) vs. [16] Kei Nishikori (JPN) defeats Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 6-1, 6-1, 7-6(3)
[18] Gilles Simon (FRA) defeats Marin Cilic (CRO) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-2
[22] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) defeats Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(11)
Donald Young (USA) defeats [24] Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-4 2-6 6-3 4-6 7-5
[25] Gael Monfils (FRA) defeats Jack Sock (USA) 7-6(2), 7-5, 6-2
[26] Feliciano Lopez (ESP) defeats Michael Berrer (GER) 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-4
[27] Benoit Paire (FRA) defeats Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-7(5), 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) defeats [31] Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 7-6(1), 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Stephane Robert (FRA) defeats Michal Przysiezny (POL) 7-6(3), 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-1
Martin Klizan (SVK) defeats Blaz Rola (SLO) 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(2)

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