Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka poses with the trophy after his victory against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's singles final on day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN
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Stanislas Wawrinka staged the biggest upset in a grand slam final for nearly half a decade when he put down a wounded Rafa Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in a surreal Australian Open final to win his maiden major title Sunday. The record books will record a shock on a par with Juan Martin del Potro's victory over five-time defending champion Roger Federer at the 2009 U.S. Open but it was a far more complex evening than that.Wawrinka sat on court in tears after receiving the trophy from Pete Sampras, who, if the prematch script had held, would have handed it to Nadal after the Spaniard matched his haul of 14 grand slam titles.It soon became obvious that was not the case as, clearly impeded, Nadal shuffled lamely along the baseline.After winning the second set, though, Wawrinka appeared to have been knocked off his stride by Nadal's predicament and whatever treatment the Spaniard had received kicked in and he incredibly won the third.Wawrinka grabbed the first break in the fourth set with a thumping forehand winner only for Nadal to break right back but another huge forehand soon had the world number eight serving for the match at 5-3 .
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