Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Wawrinka stuns injured Nadal to win Aussie Open  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 27/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN -Arab News) MELBOURNE: Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka claimed his first Grand Slam title in dramatic fashion on Sunday when he upset injury-troubled world number one 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

“In one year a lot has happened. Right now I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not. We’ll see tomorrow morning.

It was a stunning win for Wawrinka, who had not beaten Nadal in their previous 12 matches but rallied to win the fourth set and take the championship

He took 36 Grand Slam appearances to win his first title, second only to Goran Ivanizevic who played 48 before he won Wimbledon in 2001

Nadal was in tears as he said: “Many thanks Stan, you really deserved it, I’m very happy for you. I had bad luck against you today but you really deserve it

“My team, I tried hard, thank you very much. Without them it would be impossible to be where I am today. Sorry to finish this way, I tried very, very hard

“This year is one of the more emotional tournaments of my career.

Wawrinka began nervelessly and after holding his opening two service games for the loss of only two points he made the first move in the final, breaking Nadal in the fourth game

The Spaniard played a poor drop-shot which was followed by a double-fault to open the door for Wawrinka

The Swiss again had a break point in Nadal’s next service game as he held his own serves without undue pressure

But he was three break points down serving out for his first ever set against Nadal, only to win the next five points with some magnificent serves to go one set up in 37 minutes

Fresh from his psychological breakthrough, Wawrinka broke Nadal to love in the opening game of the second with with a cracking backhand return winner

The Swiss was in the zone, reeling off 12 consecutive points against the non-plussed Nadal, who received a time violation warning for slow play between points

Nadal’s problems mounted when he grabbed his back after playing a forehand. He called for the trainer at the next changeover and went off the court for a medical timeout at 2-1 in the second set

Wawrinka argued with the chair umpire about why he wasn’t told what Nadal’s injury was, as the crowd became restless with the Spaniard’s seven-minute absence off the court

When Nadal re-emerged he looked distressed and lost his serve for a third time as Wawrinka charged to a 4-1 lead. The Spaniard sat with his head in hands at the changeover

Wawrinka served out for the second set as Nadal disconsolately walked to his chair and received further courtside treatment on his back

However, Nadal fought back and broke Wawrinka’s serve for the first time in the final early in the third set

The treatment or possible painkillers appeared to have some effect and Nadal began hitting the balls with more authority to lead 4-1 as mistakes began to creep into the unsettled Wawrinka’s game

Wawrinka had a couple of break points in the ninth game but Nadal served out for the third set to take the final into a fourth set

The Swiss again failed to capitalize on two break points early in the fourth as Nadal held serve

Wawrinka got his fourth break with a big forehand winner to the corner to take a 4-2 lead and move within sight of the championship

But Nadal broke back after three break points in the next service game with a string of errors from the nervy Wawrinka

However, Wawrinka broke Nadal again and he served it out authoritatively, winning the title with a forehand and raising his arms aloft in celebration

The Swiss became the first man to defeat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open

Nadal has had injury problems in the past in Melbourne. He missed the 2006 and 2013 editions, had to retire injured in the 2010 quarter-finals, and was hit by a muscle strain during his 2011 last-four defeat to David Ferrer.


 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi stocks buck trend with healthy gainsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia's benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index bucked the three-day prevailing downward trend and logged a sharp gain of 2.39 percent on Sunday.The index opened with a largely ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Saudi- NCB pledges conversion to Islamic bank after pressure from scholarsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: National Commercial Bank (NCB) has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Inaugurates Milipol Qatar 2014Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Under the auspices of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani inaugurated the 10th ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Commander of Turkey's Aegean ArmyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Commander of Aegean Army General Abdullah Atay and ...

 Oct 20 2014 - HE Prime Minister Meets Iran's Police ChiefQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani met Monday with Chief of Iran's National Police Forces Commander Ismael Ahmadi and the ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Israeli Forces Arrest Four Palestinians from Bethlehem and HebronQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Israeli forces arrested early Monday four Palestinians from Bethlehem and Hebron districts, said security sources. Large Israeli troops raided the town of Taqou‘ to the east of ...

 Oct 20 2014 - 20 million to vacation abroad by 2030Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The number of Saudi vacationers spending their holidays abroad will increase sixfold by 2030 a local study revealed.The study carried out by a company specializing in travel ...

 Oct 20 2014 - Student's death in US: Cousin reveals detailsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Several relatives of Abdullah Alkadi the Saudi scholarship student in the US whose body was found late on Thursday more than a month after he went missing are flying to Los ...

 Oct 20 2014 - King orders free treatment for people with special needsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to pay the treatment costs of people with disabilities at rehabilitation centers. ...

 Oct 20 2014 - S. Korea's Int'l Airline Traffic Grows 9.12 in Q3Qatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul October 20 (QNA) - South Korea's international airline traffic rose 9.1% from a year earlier in the third quarter partly on a rise in the number of flights to and ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help