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Wawrinka claims Australian Open crown
Stan Wawrinka held his nerve to defeat an injured Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, in the final of the Australian Open, lifting his first Grand Slam title.
Wawrinka came flying out of the blocks in the first set and a half, dominating Nadal from the baseline with his powerful backhand which for once the Spaniard had no answers for.
Disaster struck for Nadal in the second set as he suffered what appeared to be a match ending back injury on serve, however in typical courageous fashion, Nadal battled on and despite losing the second set he remarkably went on to win the third, a drop in intensity of the Wawrinka game without question a contributing factor in the third set loss.
The new Swiss number 1 went on to hold his nerve in the fourth set and closed out the match becoming only the second man in the last 36 Grand Slams to win other than Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray (Del Potro the other in the 2009 US Open).
The win also sees Wawrinka become the first man to beat Nadal and Djokovic in a the same Grand Slam and will be rewarded on Monday with a new career high ranking of number 3.