Wawrinka marches into first Slam final

Eighth-seed Stanislas Wawrinka beats Tomas Berdych in four sets to reach the Australian Open final.

    Stanislas Wawrinka has never beaten Rafa Nadal and has won just one match against Roger Fedrer [Reuters]
    Stanislas Wawrinka has never beaten Rafa Nadal and has won just one match against Roger Fedrer [Reuters]

    Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the 'Big Four' strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 in a serving war to reach the Australian Open final.

    Wawrinka ended a 14-match losing streak against Novak Djokovic with a dramatic five-set, four-hour win in the quarter-finals, then followed that with a dominating performance against Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.

    "I don't know what to say. I'm speechless,'' Wawrinka said. "I didn't expect to make a final in a Grand Slam - tonight it's happening.''

    Wawrinka will meet the winner of Friday's semi-final showdown between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the 33rd installment of their rivalry and the first at a Grand Slam since Nadal knocked Federer out of the Australian Open at the same stage in 2012.

    Whoever he plays, Wawrinka will go into the final as an underdog - he has never won against Nadal in 12 meetings, and he has lost all but one of his 14 matches against his countryman, Federer.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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