The 2014 Australian Open men’s open ended with a big upset, as No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka was able to take down No. 1 ranked Rafael Nadal in just four sets (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3) to win the Australian Open and take home his first Grand Slam title.
To make Wawrinka’s performance even more impressive, the Aussie Open win came in Wawrinka’s first Grand Slam finals appearance.
Prior to Wawrinka’s win on Sunday, Nadal clearly had his number. Nadal was 12-0 against Wawrinka in the previous meetings between the two men, but Wawrinka now has one win and it came in the biggest match of his career.
For Nadal, he drops to 13-6 in all-time Grand Slam Finals appearances.
“I’m obviously disappointed and very sad about what happened,” Nadal said. “But that’s life, that’s sport. I’ve really had a lot of great moments in my career. That’s a tough one. Just accept it and try to keep working hard for what’s coming.”
While it was a disappointing loss for Nadal, he will be able to bounce back stronger than ever. As for Wawrinka, this win could give him the confidence that he needs to begin reaching Grand Slam finals with more consistency.
Wawrinka could be a real force in 2014.
If you missed the match in the wee hours of the morning, you can watch Wawrinka capture his first Grand Slam finals win below: