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Stan Wawrinka´s crowning moment
ESPN, by Greg Garber

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Posted By:DaddyO, 1/26/2014 7:40:30 AM

When does history mean nothing? How do you find hope where none should exist at all? Where, ultimately, does belief come from? Walking onto the court at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday evening in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka was confronted by these eternal questions. There were few who suspected he´d have the answers. Since the start of the 2009 season, Stanislas Wawrinka becomes the first player to win a Slam outside the Big Four. The 28-year-old Swiss player came into this Australia Open final with a 0-12 record against Rafael Nadal, having lost all 26 of their sets. Nadal had never

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Nadal injured his back down a set and a break, took a timeout and got medical treatment, then won the third set but lost the match in 4 sets. Much speculation on the seriousness of the injury. Had Nadal won it would have got ugly. Azarenka did the same thing against Sloan Stephens last year.

ESPN´s first headlines: "Warwinka beats injured Nadal" was completely unfair to Warwinka, since he was beating Nadal handily before the ´injury´.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: philsner, 1/26/2014 8:42:55 AM     (No. 9706095)

Yes and CBS is fawning all over Tiger Woods even though he missed the cut. It´s the MSM. It´s what they do.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: hotcorner, 1/26/2014 9:31:22 AM     (No. 9706158)

He beat the best and deserves great credit. Apparently a fine player who worked hard over the years now challenging the big guys, and a good man to boot.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/26/2014 9:36:00 AM     (No. 9706163)

Wawrinka totally outplayed Nadal from the beginning and fully deserved the victory. In fact, Stan´s run in this tournament will go down as one of the greatest, given that he beat both the #1 and #2 players. His one-handed backhand was amazing and clearly caught even Nadal by surprise.

Nadal played valiantly after his injury, even winning the 3rd set when Wawrinka seemed to lose his focus and got rattled by the medical time out. Speaking of that, it´s an absurd rule in tennis. There is no other sport that totally stops play to the extent tennis does and allows the injured player (sometimes obviously faking the injury) to get treatment, a rest, and the opportunity to cool down the opponent. In boxing, it´s called a knockout or TKO. It´s absurd. Tennis should stop this practice.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: NOBS, 1/26/2014 10:21:47 AM     (No. 9706228)

Tennis has always been a "gentleman´s game". The main changes including more power in both players and racquets AND the $$$$- the trend has led to situations such as last evenings events. No one has been able to attack Nadal like Djokovitch on hard courts until Warwrinka did last pm. I am not surprised and the mens´ game might be more interesting. Possibly Nadal´s body won´t hold up either.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/26/2014 2:56:55 PM     (No. 9706582)

I am not strongly opinionated about this, but I think I support the medical timeout. Its a bit of a hollow victory to win against an opponent who can claim incapacity, so giving the opponent every chance to put up the best fight makes sense to me. And if a person fakes an injury to win, it s a hollow victory for them -- they pay the price in the court of public opinion.

Team sports usually do allow for player substitutions in the event of an injury. In fact, they allow for player substitutions for both physical and strategic reasons. I don´t think Nadal could have handed the racquet to Federer to let him finish the match.

One thing I heard about Wawrinka is that virtually all the other players likes the guy. We don´t know that much about him, but if all the players say he´s a good guy, he´s a good guy. I like it when good guys win.


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