Stan Wawrinka faces uphill challenge

Swiss star playing best tennis of his life, but is that enough to beat Rafael Nadal?

Updated: January 25, 2014, 10:47 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Roger Federer, despite his measured Swiss heritage, is hardly a neutral party when it comes to this Australian Open men's final.

His countryman, and good friend, Stanislas Wawrinka is playing for his first Grand Slam singles title. Just as significant, Rafael Nadal has history in his sights. A win Sunday night in Melbourne would give Rafa 14 majors, the same number, serendipitously, as the man who will present the winner's trophy, Pete Sampras.

That would very suddenly leave Federer ...

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