Ever Tried, Ever Failed, Fail again until your 36th time comes
Stan Wawrinka reached his 1st grand slam final in his 36th grand slam as he defeated Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6(3), 7-6 (4) in 3 hours & 31 minutes to secure his place in the Sunday's final where he will meet the winner of the second semi-final to be played on Friday between Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal.
Pic cr: (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
This win ensures that Stan Wawrinka has assured himself of a career high ranking of at least No. 6 (No. 3 if he wins Australian Open title) & unless Roger Federer wins Australian Open, for the first time in his career, he will be ranked Swiss No. 1, read more about the ATP Ranking scenarios post Australian Open, 2014 right here.
Stan Wawrinka had two heart-breaking losses last year. First one was against Novak Djokovic in the 4th Round of Australian Open, 2013 & the 2nd loss came in the Davis Cup just 12 days after that, where in the 1st Round doubles tie vs Team Czech Republic, he & Marco Chiudinelli lost 24-22 in the 5th set vs Tomas Berdych & Lukas Rosol in what was the longest ever doubles match in the open era history.
Ironically, Wawrinka got the revenge of both those defeats by defeating Djokovic & Berdych in successive matches enroute to his first ever final of a grand slam.
Today, it was the turn of Team Berdych to put a towel on the camera in the players box & the entire team of Tomas Berdych including his girlfriend Ester Satarova (in picture) was spotted wearing the same shirt as his shirt.
This trend of covering the camera in the players box was started by Severin Luthi & Mirka Federer at US Open, 2012.
Wawrinka started the set with extreme confidence & was looking completely relaxed & at ease while playing in his second successive semi-final at a grand slam event.
The Swiss got the 1st break in the eight game as he wrapped up the first set in the 9th game 6-3 in just 31 minutes.
Here are the first set stats -----
Though, Wawrinka's 1st set % was only 62, but, still he didn't face any break point & he capitalized on the only break point that he got in the set
There was no break of serve in the 2nd set as the second set went to a tie-breaker. Tomas Berdych served magnificently in the 2nd set & got off to an early lead in the tie-breaker & from there on, there was no stopping for Berdych as he wrapped up the tie-breaker 7-1.
The 2nd set lasted 56 minutes.
Here are the second set stats ---------
The third set also went almost in the identical fashion as the 2nd set. Berdych got the only break point of the set in the 9th game but how ever Wawrinka saved the break point and held on to make it 5-4.
Also, it needs to be added here that the majority of the crowd looked pro Wawrinka than Berdych.
Picture of Stan Wawrinka's box with Magnus Norman, Severin Luthi, Stan's dad Wolfram Wawrinka, Stan's mom Isabelle Wawrinka & the Swiss man's supporter cheering him on.
The third set also went to a Tie-Breaker.
The third set tie-breaker was opposite to the 2nd set tie-breaker. Wawrinka got the first mini break. How ever, two double faults by Berdych costed him dearly as Wawrinka won the 3rd set tie-breaker 7-3. The set lasted 55 minutes.
Here are the third set stats ------
First reaction of Wawrinka after winning the 3rd set --------
The first service game of the 4th set was the longest game of the match. Wawrinka had a break point & the game saw six deuces & last 10 minutes as Berdych held on to make it 1-0.
There were no break of serves again in the 4th set as the fourth set again went to a tie-breaker.
Wawrinka got the mini break on the first service of Berdych & then Wawrinka, won his next two service points to get to a 3-0 lead. Yet another double fault by Berdych made it 4-1 in favor of the Swiss.
Berdych managed to win the next point when he forcesdWawrinka to overhit a backhand to trail 4-2 but Wawrinka fired an ace down the T to move to within two points of the final.
The Swiss then gently tapped his racket against his head to remind himself to remain focussed. And after Berdych overhit a forehand return, Wawrinka brought up three match points. Wawrinka double faulted to let the first one slide. But Wawrinka managed to win the tie-breaker 7-4 after Berdych overhit a ball.
Stan Wawrinka's first reaction after winning the match
Here's the video of the match point -------
Stan Wawrinka in his post match on-court interview to Jim Courier stated that, "Federer texted me last night and told me he was so happy to have two Swiss guys in the semifinals,” Wawrinka said. “I told him for you it’s normal. For me, it’s not normal. I will watch the [Federer-Nadal] match on my TV, maybe with some popcorn.”
Stan Wawrinka's career prize money after this win crosses 10 Million USD
Before the start of Australian Open, Stan Wawrinka's career prize money was 8.83 million, but as a result of reaching finals of Australian Open, 2014, he is guaranteed of 1.3 million, which will take his career prize money over 10 million USD.
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