(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 in the finals of the Men’s Australian Open on Sunday to claim his first career Grand Slam title.
In his previous 12 meetings against Nadal, the 28-year-old Wawrinka never won a set, but he quickly erased history, serving three aces in the first set victory.
In the second set down 0-2, Nadal’s back flared up, which led the 13-time Grand Slam champion to briefly leave the court for medical treatment.
Nadal came into the tournament looking to move into second place with Pete Sampras on the all-time career Grand Slam title list.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN