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Tennis: Nadal chases 14th Slam win in Aussie final

Published on Jan 26, 2014 7:04 AM
 
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory in his men's singles semi-final match against Switzerland's Roger Federer on day twelve of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 24, 2014. World number one Rafael Nadal will be chasing his 14th major title when he takes on Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final later on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal will be chasing his 14th major title when he takes on Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final later on Sunday.

Nadal will start his 19th Grand Slam final as hot favourite against first-timer Wawrinka, the fast-improving eighth seed who is set to replace Roger Federer as the Swiss number one.

The Spaniard will be bidding to tie Pete Sampras's career haul of 14 major titles and go joint second behind Federer's all-time record of 17. The final starts at 7:30 pm (4.30pm Singapore time).

Victory would make Nadal only the third man, after Australians Roy Emerson and Rod Laver, to have won each of the four Grand Slam titles twice.

 
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