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Wawrinka wall between Nadal and 14th Grand Slam

sports Updated: Jan 26, 2014 15:27 IST
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As one Swiss takes on World No 1 Rafael Nadal in the 2014 Australian Open final, another Swiss will follow the match with great curiousity.

Roger Federer is past his prime and his drubbing in the hands of Nadal in the semis is nothing new. The Spaniard leads the Grand Slam record holder 23-10.

In Melbourne, Federer had exhibited his master class in the Round of 16 and quarterfinals — against a resilient Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Brit Andy Murray, respectively — after a disappointing 2013.

Millions of Federer fans had pinned hopes on the Swish winning his 18th Slam. But in came the 'blistering' Spaniard, again, bulldozing their dreams while threatening Federer's 17 Slams record.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who has already 13 Slams in his kitty (and is five years younger to arch-rival Federer), is billed to break the record in the coming days.

But between him and his 14 title stands another Swish. And unlike Federer, whose career graph headed for a southward journey, Stanislas Wawrinka seems to have found his mojo on the hard court in Melbourne this year.

Wawrinka, after beating Djokovic in an epic quarterfinal, is chasing his maiden Grand Slam title and looks set to throw the Spaniard a tough challenge.