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Nadal vs. Wawrinka Australian Open 2014 Men's Final: Live Score and Highlights

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates winning championship point in his men's final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

Wawrinka def. Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka came out on top of one of the weirdest Grand Slam finals in quite some time as he beat No. 1 Rafael Nadal in four sets at the Australian Open.

Wawrinka cruised to a first set victory, 6-3, but things got interesting when Nadal pulled up with a back injury in the second set. 

Nadal received treatment for his back throughout most of the second set and the injury disrupted how the Spaniard moved around the court. 

Just when it looked like the Swiss would defeat Nadal in straight sets, the 13-time Grand Slam champion responded back with a 6-3 win in the third set. 

In that third set, Wawrinka looked frazzled as Nadal began to play much better and gain plenty of momentum. 

In the fourth set, Wawrinka broke Nadal twice and then won on his own serve to earn his first Grand Slam title at the age of 28. 

With the victory, Wawrinka became the first Grand Slam champion since Sergi Brugera in 1993 to defeat the top two seeds on his way to a major win. 

 

 

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