In the build-up to the final, all the talk had been of Nadal and his chase to equal Roger Federer’s record of 17 major titles. This was meant to be Rafa’s final to lose. Then he lost.
In usurping Roger Federer as Switzerland’s top-ranked player, Stanislas Wawrinka will have a target on his back after winning his maiden major in Melbourne.
Stanislas Wawrinka has spent a career being a bit-part player in the majors, but on Sunday night, the Swiss muscled in on territory he never dreamed of.
From the hustle and bustle of the first day of the tournament to the silence at the end of the last; take a trip through the inner corridors of Melbourne Park as the Australian Open comes and goes.
With Stanislas Wawrinka becoming the first man to beat the two top-seeded men in a major in 21 years by winning the Australian Open, there are signs that the ‘Big Four’ may not have it all their own way in 2014.
Li Na's victory at Australian Open 2014 highlights the massive changes in her game and life since her French Open win in 2011.
With his stellar form and a favourable draw at Melbourne Park this year, it seems the stars have aligned for another Rafael Nadal victory at the Australian Open.
We've heard some humorous quips from a few of the men at Australian Open 2014 - here are a few of the best.
Under coach Magnus Norman, Stanislas Wawrinka is reaching new heights, including his maiden Grand Slam tournament final tonight. Can the Swede give the Swiss the ingredients for success?
China’s Li Na wins her maiden Australian Open title in her third Melbourne Park final, defeating Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets on Saturday night.
While Dominika Cibulkova was disappointed to lose her maiden Grand Slam final, her fortnight in Melbourne looks like being a launch pad to bigger and better things.
With Li Na winning the first major of 2014, are we looking at a year of veterans dominating the Grand Slams in the women’s game, or is the next generation poised to make a splash?
Merv Rose was honoured at a Legends Lunch on Saturday at Melbourne Park – and the 84-year-old showed he’s lost none of his wit 60 years after winning his home major.
Dominika Cibulkova says her powerful game and fighting qualities help her overcome her lack of height against taller opponents.
Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen have beaten some big names on their way to Saturday night's final of the men's doubles competition at AO2014.
Li Na competes in her third Australian Open final tonight. Is it finally her year?
Native fauna, new nicknames and ... Valentino Rossi? Welcome to the quotes of Australian Open 2014.
Roger Federer has shown plenty over the past fortnight in Melbourne that will leave him optimistic for the year ahead, but Rafael Nadal still has his number in the majors.
Rafael Nadal has advanced into his third Australian Open decider, playing his best tennis of the tournament to send Roger Federer packing in three sets in Friday’s semifinal.
For all of his success elsewhere, the Australian Open is the one major where Rafael Nadal hasn’t won twice … yet.
They have the best view in the house, rubbing shoulders with their idols as they watch the best players in the world at one of the biggest events on the tennis calendar - they are the Australian Open ballkids.
Yannick Noah knows the exhilaration winning a Grand Slam title can bring, but his second career after tennis has offered him a new perspective on being the centre of attention.
Rising Australian junior Bradley Mousley says he will draw inspiration from two of his close peers as he faces a tough-looking boys’ singles semifinal at AO2014 on Friday.
The rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal is one of the most famous and enduring in all of sport; what have been the best matches between the Swiss and the Spaniard in their 32 meetings to date?
The Swiss maestro has a bulging Melbourne CV, but can a new racquet, a different lead-in and a legendary coach propel him past the semifinal stage this year?
Stanislas Wawrinka defeats Tomas Berdych in four tight sets to advance to the Australian Open final, where he’ll face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
Eugenie Bouchard learned plenty from her first Australian Open semifinal appearance on Thursday, and heeding those lessons could see her back at the business end of a major before too long.
A day after bouncing defending champion Victoria Azarenka out of the tournament with some sublime tennis, can the talented Pole back up and break through for a maiden final appearance in Melbourne?
An all-Swiss Grand Slam final has a pretty sweet ring to it for Stanislas Wawrinka, but the eighth seed is not about to start nominating himself as a favourite ahead of tonight's semifinal against Tomas Berdych.
Li Na was centimetres away from an early exit at Australian Open 2014; now she's playing for the final.
Roger Federer recovers from a third-set slip to oust Andy Murray on Wednesday night, advancing to a semifinal against Rafael Nadal.
Andy Murray may have lost his quarterfinal to Roger Federer on Wednesday night, but the Scot was proud of his efforts after a compromised preparation to the first major of the year.
Grigor Dimitrov gave Rafael Nadal everything he could handle on Wednesday, but the Spaniard overcame a blistered hand and a one-set deficit to advance to his fourth Australian Open semifinal.
Fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska has scored a deserved victory over defending champion Victoria Azarenka, beating her 6-1 5-7 6-0 to progress to her first Australian Open semifinal.
He may be the youngest player remaining in the Australian Open boys’ singles draw, but 15-year-old Stefan Kozlov is still one of the favourites to claim the title.
With their history in major finals, Olympic gold medal matches and at this very tournament, Roger Federer and Andy Murray know exactly what’s required to beat the man on the other side of the net on Wednesday.
He’s been touted as the ‘next big thing’ for some time; at Australian Open 2014, Grigor Dimitrov has finally started to deliver on that promise on the big stage of a major.
In junior tennis circles Alexander Zverev is being touted as a name to remember, but it is also a name you might already recall.
Lightning quick Dominika Cibulkova is full of new-found confidence heading in to her semifinal clash with Romania's Simona Halep on Wednesday.
He'd won three consecutive Australian Open titles and was on a 25-match winning streak at Melbourne Park, so Novak Djokovic's early exit was something of a surprise.
A glimpse of the future and another strong performance from a seasoned campaigner was the story of the women's quarterfinals played on Tuesday, while it was all about Stan in the men's.
A patient Tomas Berdych has reached his first Australian Open semifinal by beating Spain's David Ferrer 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday. He has now reached the final four at all four majors.
After a close shave in the third round, Li Na has regained her mojo – and in a 6-2 6-2 pasting of Flavia Pennetta on Tuesday, she showed that elusive Australian Open title may be within reach.
In her first major quarterfinal, Canadian 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard ousts Ana Ivanovic in three sets to advance to a semifinal against Li Na.
The Australian Open remains the only major where Tomas Berdych is yet to make the semifinals or better - on Tuesday, he gets a chance to advance against David Ferrer.
On the back of being named WTA newcomer of the year in 2013, Eugenie Bouchard has made her first major semifinal in Melbourne, and isn't keen to stop there.
In brushing aside Garbine Muguruza in straight sets on Monday night, Agnieszka Radwanska advanced to the Australian Open quarterfinals for a fourth consecutive year.
An expected thriller on Monday night was all one-way traffic, Roger Federer dismantling Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to advance to a quarterfinal with Andy Murray.
It will go into the books as a straight-sets win, but Rafael Nadal’s marathon 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(3) victory over Kei Nishikori on Monday was as tough as it was impressive.
Andy Murray may have lost a set on Monday – and a racquet in the process – but the fourth seed regrouped to end the fairytale run of lucky loser Stephane Robert and book a quarterfinal berth.
Women's 11th seed Simona Halep is continuing her meteoric rise, ousting Jelena Jankovic 6-4 3-6 6-0 on Monday to secure a last eight spot at Australian Open 2014.
Ask some of the greats of the game who’ll win the men’s singles title at Melbourne Park this year, and their answers might just surprise you.
Never let it be said that the competitive fire does not burn bright in Victoria Azarenka. Anyone who had cast an eye over her fourth round 6-3 6-2 thumping of Sloane Stephens would have gathered that she does not take prisoners.
Dominika Cibulkova has advanced to her first Australian Open quarterfinal by surprising Maria Sharapova in three sets at Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga exploded into the public’s consciousness in Melbourne six years ago; on Monday night, he becomes foe to friend Roger Federer as they battle for a quarterfinal berth.
Last year in Melbourne, Simona Halep went home meekly after winning just two games; 12 months later, she’s showing her breakthrough 2013 was no fluke by reaching the last 16.
He’s been one of the under-the-radar stories of Australian Open 2014, and no matter the result against Andy Murray on Monday, Stephane Robert will leave Melbourne happy.
Sloane Stephens’ commitment to remaining calm and composed will surely be tested on Monday, when she comes up against Victoria Azarenka a year after their much-discussed semifinal in Melbourne.
In extinguishing the hopes of local favourite Casey Dellacqua on Sunday night, Eugenie Bouchard became the first Canadian woman to make a Grand Slam singles quarterfinal in more than two decades.
A year after their epic fourth-round clash in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka will meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals after the Swiss cantered past Tommy Robredo in straight sets on Sunday.
Fabio Fognini may have made the better jokes, but Novak Djokovic was the one laughing last after a straight-sets demolition of the 15th-seeded Italian on Sunday.
Italy's Flavia Pennetta has upset ninth seed Angelique Kerber in a 6-1 4-6 7-5 win to book her place in the quarterfinals of Australian Open 2014.
Twelve months after playing a starring role in arguably the match of 2013, Stanislas Wawrinka is in Melbourne with a top-eight seeding in a major for the first time.
Back towards the top of the rankings after three forgettable years, Ana Ivanovic’s up and down performances at the Australian Open mirror the trajectory of her career.
After conceding just one game to Yvonne Meusburger on Saturday, Victoria Azarenka’s thoughts drifted to next opponent Sloane Stephens and that semi-final a year ago.
Spain’s Garbine Muguruza continued her red-hot form in 2014 on Saturday, coming from a set down to condemn Caroline Wozniacki to an early Melbourne exit.
A human highlight reel who prompts outpourings of amazement and frustration in equal measure, life is never dull when Gael Monfils is on court.
Alize Cornet has been an ever-present player at the majors since 2007, but is yet to have a major impact when it matters most.
Aussie Sam Stosur will be the first to tell you how much a few wins under the belt will do for a player's confidence going into their home Grand Slam event.
Billie Jean King's Battle of the Sexes victory 40 years ago is now the subject of an acclaimed documentary being exclusively screened tonight at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne.
It’s hard to imagine a player whose coach once locked him in a storage cupboard for lack of effort could rise to have among the game’s most revered work ethics, but David Ferrer did just that.
He may have lost to Rafael Nadal, but no less of an authority than the world No.1 believes Aussie teen Thanasi Kokkinakis “has all the ingredients” to rise to the top.
Roger Federer took on Blaz Kavcic in the unfamiliar surrounds of Hisense Arena on Thursday, but showcased his typical brilliance in a comprehensive straight-sets win.
Defending women’s singles champion Victoria Azarenka made all the right adjustments against the unpredictable Barbora Zahlavova Strycova on Thursday night.
Milos Raonic is 23 years old, now the eleventh best player in the world and armed with the base experience and maturity to launch an assault on the elite few.
Six years after she was the No.1 player in the world, Jelena Jankovic’s push back towards the summit of women’s tennis is gathering momentum.
Nirupama Vaidyanathan doesn't possess the most spectacular Australian Open record, but the background to her breakthrough win for Indian tennis makes good reading in her autobiography 'The Moonballer'.
Australian Sam Stosur sent a strong message on Wednesday night, storming past Tsvetana Pironkova to set up a third-round meeting with Ana Ivanovic.
Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt revived the glory days of old on Wednesday, but their hastily-arranged doubles pairing will go no further after a first-round loss at AO 2014.
The new poster girl for the women’s tour and 2013 ‘WTA newcomer of the year’ is without question a player to look out for in the coming months.
The gap between his best and his worst remains frustratingly large, but Tomas Berdych has all the tools for a breakthrough run in Melbourne.
Kei Nishikori has been earmarked for greatness for some time; now, the 23-year-old Japanese is expected to regularly challenge for the game’s most prestigious silverware.
The two-time defending women’s singles champion has points to defend and an old rival to overcome if she’s to make a run at the No.1 spot starting in Melbourne.
Matthew Ebden, Casey Dellacqua and Samuel Groth gave the local fans plenty of entertainment as AO2014 kicked off on Monday.
At an age where few players last on the grueling men’s tour, German veteran Tommy Haas has undergone a remarkable career renaissance.
The Dane returns to Australia with a new coach but the same old question – can her defensive-oriented game propel her to Grand Slam glory?
Movies and music are the most routine answers when a player is asked about non-tennis hours. So it's surprising to learn Tomas Berdych loves to appreciate various forms of art.
World No.9 Richard Gasquet is the highest-ranked Frenchman at this year's Australian Open, but can he convert high expectations into a strong Melbourne Park finish in 2014?
Will AO2014 see a continuation of Novak Djokovic's recent domination on the blue plexicushion? We examine the importance of Melbourne for the Serb.
The tennis record books are filled with the accomplishments of Roger Federer. Here are some of his remarkable achievements as he enters his 57th Grand Slam tournament in a row.
While he shies from admitting it himself, many predict 2014 as the year for Stanislas Wawrinka to move further forward.
Dominance in any sport runs in cycles and French world No.19 Gilles Simon believes the grip Nadal and Co have over winning majors is soon to change.