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Tennis: Wawrinka thumps Nadal for 1st Slam

Published on Jan 26, 2014 7:18 PM
Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka celebrates 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 Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. Wawrinka upset injury-troubled world No.1 Nadal to win his first Grand Slam tennis title at the Australian Open on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam tennis title in dramatic fashion on Sunday, when he upset injury-troubled world No.1 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

The eighth seed roared through the first two sets and overcame the distraction of a back injury to Nadal, and then the loss of the third set, to take it 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours 21 minutes.

Nadal, who was chasing his 14th major title, looked as if might pull out with the back injury but he fought back to take the third set and force the match into a fourth set.

"For me it's the best Grand Slam ever. I'm enjoying very much to play here," Wawrinka said, who lost in five sets to Novak Djokovic in last year's fourth round.

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