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How the shepherd boy beat the beast

Perhaps Stanislas Wawrinka was the favorite all along to win the Aussie Open final

Updated: January 28, 2014, 7:36 AM ET
By Matt Wilansky | ESPN.com

Stanislas Wawrinka had no business winning the Australian Open. None whatsoever. Not for a guy who had no experience in a major final. Not for a guy who had been whitewashed, wrecked and broken over and over by Rafael Nadal in their 12 previous matches. Not for a guy whose motto is to fail the best he can.

Coming into the final, there was nothing outside an unlikely visit from the ghost of Rod Laver wearing Swiss colors to suggest Wawrinka could pull off an upset over the top player in ...

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