STAN AND DELIVER: Stanislas Wawrinka poses with the 2014 Australian Open winner’s trophy on the bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne.
STAN AND DELIVER: Stanislas Wawrinka poses with the 2014 Australian Open winner’s trophy on the bank of the Yarra River in Melbourne. SAEED KHANAAP

Wawrinka living the dream after his Melbourne success

AUSTRALIAN Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka was unsure when he woke up yesterday whether he had really beaten world No.1 Rafael Nadal.

But with the Norman Brooks Trophy showing his name as the winner, and a horde of photographers wanting to take his photo, the 28-year-old realised he had indeed finally stepped out of the shadow of countryman and 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer.

Wawrinka, who jumped to a career-high ranking of three after the 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3 victory, said he believed he deserved to win despite the back injury which almost forced Nadal to retire during the second set.

"I will need time to realise what I did in these two weeks, because at the end, even if Rafa was injured, I think I deserve that grand slam because I won against (Novak) Djokovic, the number two, and I won against Rafa," Wawrinka said. "I had an amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever."

Federer dropped to No.8 in the rankings after losing to Nadal in the semi-finals, while Lleyton Hewitt is the highest-ranked Aussie male at 41, rising two places despite losing to Italy's Andreas Seppi in the first round.


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