Stan Wawrinka's crowning moment

Swiss star defied the gravity of history with win over Rafael Nadal in Australia

Updated: January 26, 2014, 12:17 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

When does history mean nothing? How do you find hope where none should exist? Where, ultimately, does belief come from?

Walking onto the court at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday evening in Melbourne, Stanislas Wawrinka was confronted by these eternal questions. Few suspected he would have the answers.

The 28-year-old Swiss player came into this Australian Open final with a 0-12 record against Rafael Nadal, having lost all 26 of their sets. Nadal had never defeated another player more times ...

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