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Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup in the players dressing room after winning his men's final match against Rafael Nadal

Australian Open 2014: Becoming world number one 'is not my goal' says Stanislas Wawrinka, despite winning first Grand Slam

Reaching the top of the rankings is beyond 'my level' says the humble Swiss

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Andy Murray slips to sixth in world rankings

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The Australian Open completes a full circle for Nadal

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal up for double record Down Under

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.

Stanislas Wawrinka says he is confident in his ability to beat Rafael Nadal even though he has never won a set against the Spaniard

Australian Open 2014: Stanislas Wawrinka confident that he can defeat Rafael Nadal in his first Grand Slam final

Wawrinka will head into his first ever Grand Slam final against a man he has never won a set against

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal shake hands after the latter progresses to the Australian Open final

Australian Open 2014: Fans should appreciate two of the greatest players of all time in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federe, claims Pete Sampras

Sampras feels the two shouldn't be compared as to who's better and should instead be enjoyed while they are still playing following their semi-final clash on Friday

Roger Federer talks to the press following his semi-final defeat to Nadal

Australian Open 2014: Floored Roger Federer complains at Rafael Nadal's grunting after losing semi-final

The Swiss was beaten in straight sets in his semi-final meeting with Nadal

Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Federer

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer slips to Swiss number two following semi-final defeat to Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard won despite a large blister causing him pain throughout and will now play the new Swiss number one Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer drawing from the Stefan Edberg effect ahead of semi-final with Rafael Nadal

The Swede has worked with Roger Federer for just a fortnight but has already helped him get back close to his best – and, the former world No 1 tells paul newman in Melbourne, that involves more than volleying

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray draws the positives out of disappointing quarter-final defeat to Roger Federer

Murray was taking part in just his second tournament since coming back from back surgery

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Roger Federer is in his best form since his 2012 Wimbledon success, claims Greg Rusedski

Australian Open 2014: Roger Federer has let himself begin 'dreaming' of an 18th Grand Slam title

After beating Andy Murray the former world number one will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-final

Andy Murray pictured during his defeat to Roger Federer

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray upset by 'double bounce' call as Roger Federer halts comeback

British number one proud despite being knocked out in quarter-final

Rafael Nadal celebrates his quarter-final triumph

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal battles to four-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals

But defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka is out

Andy Murray (pictured practicing with coach Ivan Lendl, left) could be involved in three Davis Cup matches next week

Australian Open 2014: Ivan Lendl lets facade drop to praise Andy Murray's recovery

Coming from Old Stoneface himself, this was praise indeed for Andy Murray. "He is hitting the ball great," Ivan Lendl, the Scot's coach said. "I think he has played enough matches now. I am not concerned about that."

Roger Federer is in his best form since his 2012 Wimbledon success, claims Greg Rusedski

Australian Open 2014: Victory in Melbourne would be Roger Federer's 'biggest triumph', claims Martina Navratilova

Andy Murray could also rank the achievement among his greatest triumphs due to the difficult draw

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