Wawrinka reaches first grand slam final

Comment on this story
iol spt jan23 Wawrinka Reuters Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the 'Big Four' monopoly on Grand Slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych to reach the Australian Open final. Photo by: Petar Kujundzic

Melbourne - Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the 'Big Four' strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging out Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a serving war on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final.

In a slow-burning contest that occasionally roared to life, the Swiss eighth seed stepped up on big points to reach his first major final where he will meet either top seed Rafa Nadal or his great compatriot Roger Federer.

With only a single break of serve in the entire match, Wawrinka upped the ante in the decisive tiebreak, earning three match points when his opponent pushed a serve long.

Wawrinka closed out the match with another huge serve and punched his fists in the air as the Rod Laver Arena crowd roared.– Reuters

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines