Australian Open 2014 Men's Final: Nadal vs. Wawrinka Live Stream and TV Info

Alex KayCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2014

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a shot during a training session, one day before his men's singles final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
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The final match of the 2014 Australian Open is upon us, with top-seeded Rafael Nadal set to clash with No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka with a Grand Slam championship on the line.

It promises to be a great battle between an established superstar and a late bloomer who has finally broken through for his first major finals appearance. Anything could happen, especially with Wawrinka playing the best tennis of his career at this juncture.

Perhaps the only thing certain is that you aren’t going to want to miss a single minute of this matchup. Whether you are staying up late in the United States or watching in prime time Down Under, keep reading to find out where you can catch the championship showdown, how to live stream it if you cannot get near a television, check out a short preview and more.


Men’s Final: Rafael Nadal (1) vs. Stanislas Wawrinka (8)

When:  Sunday, Jan. 26

Start Time: 7:30 p.m. (local time), 3:30 a.m. ET 

Where: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Draw: Men's Draw

Television Info for 2014 Australian Open Men's Final
DateEventStart TimeTV
Sun, Jan. 26Pre-Final Entertainment7 p.m. local time, 3 a.m. ETESPN
Sun, Jan. 26Men’s Singles Final7:30 p.m. local time, 3:30 a.m. ETESPN
How They Got Here
RoundRafael Nadal (1)Stanislas Wawrinka (8)
1st RoundDef. B. Tomic; 6-4, RetiredDef. A. Golubev; 6-4, 4-1, Retired
2nd RoundDef. T. Kokkinakis; 6-2, 6-4, 6-2Def. A. Falla; 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4
3rd RoundDef. G. Monfils (25); 6-1, 6-2, 6-3Def. Vasek Pospisil (28); Walkover
4th RoundDef. K. Nishikori (16); 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, 6-5Def. T. Robredo (17); 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5
QuarterfinalDef. G. Dimitrov (22); 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2Def. N. Djokovic (1); 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7
SemifinalDef. R. Federer (6); 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3Def. T. Berdych (7); 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)
QuarterfinalDef. G. Dimitrov (22); 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (9-7), 6-2Def. N. Djokovic (1); 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7
SemifinalDef. R. Federer (6); 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-3Def. T. Berdych (7); 6-3, 6-7 (1-7), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4)



Nadal was always expected to make it this far, as the world’s No. 1 ranked player and No. 1 seed in the Aussie Open has been absolutely dominant since shaking off the rust after a return from knee surgery last year.

The Spaniard was hardly tested in Melbourne, besting every opponent—including the legendary Roger Federer in the semifinals—with the exception of Grigor Dimitrov, in straight sets. Rafa needed just one additional set to dispatch the Bulgarian challenger in the quarterfinals.

The “King of Clay” is having no issues translating his elite skills to the blue synthetic hard court of Rod Laver Arena, utilizing a deadly serve, dominant backhand shots and a revived forehand to plow through his opponents.

One more win will earn Nadal the second Happy Slam title of his career, making him a 14-time Grand Slam champion and the first male to win every major at least twice in the Open era.

Considering the historical edge that Rafa has established over Wawrinka, it’s looking quite possible that the 27-year-old pulls off that lofty feat.

Nadal has won all 12 prior matchups against his Swiss opponent, never once even losing a single set in that span. That is about as much dominance as one tennis player can have over another at this level of play.

It’s not a recent surge either, as Nadal has owned his 28-year-old opponent since they first met approximately seven years ago in the 2007 Aussie Open.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 25:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland talks at a press conference ahead of his men's final match tomorrow against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 13 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 25, 2014 in Melb
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However, Wawrinka is looking to flip the script after having the finest run of his life in this tourney. He surged into his first finals having eliminated some of the top talent, including three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Wawrinka has been winning by outlasting the opposition, as the exhausted Swiss battled through five sets for over five hours against Nole and followed that up by edging Tomas Berdych in four sets in the semis.

After finally ousting the No. 7-seeded Czech player, Wawrinka was elated, telling the Associated Press (via ESPN):

I don't know what to say. I'm speechless. I didn't expect to make a final in a Grand Slam -- tonight it's happening… I take the confidence from my level in general. I know that I'm playing my best tennis.

While Wawrinka is undoubtedly playing his best tennis, he’s simply not going to be able to hang with Nadal. The Spaniard is too good and too rested to allow the lower-seeded foe to pull off yet another upset.

Wawrinka had a great run, but it ends on Sunday against Rafa.

Prediction: Nadal wins; 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.