Wawrinka Makes First Grand Slam Final in Career
- 24 January 2014
Eighth seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (VCORE Tour G, SHT-PROEX) got to his first major final defeating No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych in the four-set semifinal at Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, January 23rd. Stan made remarkable progress in Melbourne as the last No. 8 seed to reach the Australian Open final was Brian Teacher in 1980.
Following the dramatic victory against the defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, it was also a tough and thrilling battle with three consecutive tie-breaks. Both Stan and the Czech player had to concentrate especially on keeping service games as there were a few break chances for each other. In such a tense situation, Stan was solid enough to capture all his service games during the match. Showing more persistent performance to win two of three tie-breaks, Stan finally overcame the No. 7 seed with a 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(4) score line.
“I feel great. It’s amazing. I’m working really hard since many years, try to improve my game, try to get some big match in big stadium. Now I’m into the first final in a Grand Slam, so I can be only really happy,” Stan was delighted at the greatest moment in his career, according to the press interview.
The men’s singles final is going to kick off on Sunday night, and Stan will meet top seeded Rafael Nadal or the fellow Swiss player Roger Federer. He advanced to the major final for the first time in his 36th Grand Slam appearance and now aims for the biggest achievement in his career. Please keep up support for Stan’s climax event in Melbourne!
Australian Open 2014 Tournament Results [Day 11]
Men’s Singles [Semifinals]
Junior Girls’ Doubles [Semifinals]
Women’s Legends’ Doubles