AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Your 60-Second Guide To Wawrinka’s Victory
by Greg Sharko|
Stanislas Wawrinka defeated World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets Sunday evening to capture his first Grand Slam title. The 28 year old will rise to a career-high World No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings with his victory in Melbourne.
Here's your 60-second guide to the Swiss's big win:
• Wawrinka is the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion (28) since Goran Ivanisevic (29) won Wimbledon in 2001
• Won his first Grand Slam title in his 36th career Slam tournament, second-most appearances behind Ivansevic (48)
• Jumps from No. 8 to a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and becomes the No. 1 Swiss for the first time
• First Australian Open champion ranked outside Top 4 since Thomas Johansson (18) in 2002
• First Grand Slam champion ranked No. 8 (lower) since No. 44 Gaston Gaudio at Roland Garros in 2004
• First Grand Slam champion beating No. 1 and 2 ranked players since Sergi Bruguera at Roland Garros in 1993 (d. No. 1 Sampras in QF, No. 2 Courier in F)
• First player to win his maiden Grand Slam title over a World No. 1 since Juan Martin del Potro at US Open in 2009 (d. Federer)
• Breaks streak of 16 straight Grand Slam titles won by Big 4 since Juan Martin del Potro won ’09 US Open (34 of past 35 Slam titles)
• First player to beat Djokovic and Nadal in a Grand Slam tournament. Wawrinka had lost 14 in a row to Djokovic and 12 straight to Nadal
• Defeated three Top 10 opponents in the same tournament for first time (No. 2 Djokovic in QF, No. 7 Berdych in SF, No. 1 Nadal in F)
• Third different player to defeat Nadal in a Grand Slam final, joining Djokovic (three times) and Federer (twice)
• Joins Roger Federer (17 titles) as second Swiss man to win a Grand Slam singles crown
• Defeated a World No. 1 for the first time in his career after 15 losses.
• Became the first No. 8 seed to win a Grand Slam title since Brian Teacher won the Australian Open in 1980.
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