Melbourne, Jan 26 IBNS | 10 months ago

Continuing his good form across the tournament, Stanislas Wawrinka started the season with a bang as he won his maiden Grand Slam title by beating an injury-hit Spanish Tennis star Rafael Nadal in the Australian open men's singles final here on Sunday.

Struggling with a back problem, Nadal lost the final to the Swiss player by 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 in a dramatic final match.

Nadal performance in the match was clearly hampered by a left lower back injury.

Spectators here and millions watching the game across the world via their TV sets will will remember for a confusing and sometimes bizarre final three sets.

With the rankings to be released on Monday, Wawrinka will move to world No.3 after this win.

His maiden Gramd Slam victory came in his 36th major.

"I feel I play my best tennis during one set and one break, that's for sure," Wawrinka was quoted as saying by the Australian Open website.

"But it's a final. At the end I won in four sets. I think I finish well the match. To get the win, it's just amazing for me," he said.

Nadal said: "Was not an easy situation for me to be on court like this, but I tried hard until the end, trying to finish the match as good as I can for the crowd, for the opponent, for me. So that's what I did: tried everything until the last moment, but was impossible to win this way."

(Posted on 26-01-2014)

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