As Stanislas Wawrinka defeated Tomas Berdych to book a place in the 2014 Australian Open final, a rare and exciting opportunity emerged: the chance to witness an all Swiss Grand Slam final! With fellow countryman Roger Federer playing a semifinal match later today, the two could meet in an epic final encounter.
While Federer has dominated their rivalry 12-1, Wawrinka has displayed a late bloom in his career. Now 28, he is entering the first major tournament final of his life. He also made headways by advancing to the 2013 US Open semifinals and French Open quarterfinals last year. Ranked 8th in the world, the tennis star is on the brink of becoming a major competitor in the game!
Wawrinka and Federer are actually close friends and won an Olympic Gold Medal together in 2008 playing double’s tennis together. While Federer’s illustrious career has seen him dominate his countryman, Wawrinka did manage a victory in the Monte Carlo Masters in 2009. Playing for the Australian Open championship would be an entirely different matter though. But while Federer is clearly in a stage of decline at age 32 and Wawrinka’s stock is rising, this dream final could be a grand passing of the Swiss tennis torch!
However, in order for that exciting and emotional matchup to occur, Federer will have to beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal, against whom he has his own immense rivalry. Nadal returned to form in 2013 with two Grand Slam titles and is poised to continue his domination in tennis. He also carries an all-time 2-0 record vs. Federer in the Australian Open. Does Roger Federer have enough in the tank left to dethrone the Spaniard from his mighty perch later tonight?
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