Stanislas Wawrinka victory at the Australian Open signals chinks in strength of 'traditional' top four
Wawrinka beat Rafael Nadal in Melbourne to land his first Grand Slam title in his very first final
The Australian Open has not always brought Rafael Nadal good fortune, but the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament is set to provide him with his latest stepping stone on the route to sporting greatness. If Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka in today’s final – and the bookmakers have him as a red-hot favourite to do so – he will move into joint second place on the all-time list of male Grand Slam champions and become the first man in the Open era to win all four of the sport’s major titles twice.
Wawrinka will head into his first ever Grand Slam final against a man he has never won a set against
After beating Andy Murray the former world number one will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-final
British number one proud despite being knocked out in quarter-final
But defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka is out
Andy Murray could also rank the achievement among his greatest triumphs due to the difficult draw
When Caroline Wozniacki was world No 1, her critics always pointed to the fact that she had never won a Grand Slam title. Now that the 23-year-old Dane is heading out of the world’s top 10 it seems she does not even have it in her to make the quarter-finals any more.
The Serbian has not lost since the US Open final
Play was suspended for four hours due to the extreme conditions
Nadal saw off another Australian in Bernard Tomic in the first round and added his second victim Down Under in Kokkinakis with a 6-2 6-4 6-2 victory
Andy Murray wrapped up his public preparations for next week’s Australian Open by losing an exhibition match to Lleyton Hewitt here in Melbourne yesterday, but is in a good frame of mind.
The tournament in Melbourne begins on Monday - but who will be the last man standing?
Laura Robson will face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the women's draw
When Peter Gojowczyk, the world No 162, won 12 of the first 13 points of his Qatar ExxonMobile Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal here last night nervous statisticians were probably starting to thumb through their record books, wondering when the Spaniard had last lost to an opponent more lowly-ranked than the 24-year-old German.