Break Points: January 27, 2014

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Notable results:

  • Paris 1R: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova d. Francesca Schiavone, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
  • Pattaya City 1R: Sabine Lisicki d. Donna Vekic, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
  • Pattaya City 1R: Karolina Pliskova d. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-2, 6-4

News and Links:

Tom Perrotta’s write-up of Stan Wawrinka’s victory is a good read:

The “other guy” has had it rough in men’s tennis.

Sometimes he pulls off an upset. Sometimes he inspires hope. But ultimately, the other guy pretty much always comes in second. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open. David Ferrer at last year’s French Open. Andy Roddick at Wimbledon (three times). No matter the Grand Slam tournament, no matter the surface, one of four men— Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Andy Murray—would win, and the other guys would lose. Before this year’s Australian Open, the big four had won 34 of the last 35 Grand Slam singles titles. Juan Martin del Potro was the only other guy to break through.

But on Sunday evening in Melbourne, the other guy won again. And he won big, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 over Nadal in the Australian Open final.

Let’s Talk Tennis has a nice compilation of player reactions to Wawrinka winning the Australian Open title.

Here’s Watts’ compilation of funny moments from the Australian Open:

Uncle Toni gave an update on Rafa’s injury:

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, he said: “The doctor said it’s a tightening of muscles and a few days rest should be enough.

“He went into the match after feeling twinges during the week but very minor ones that normally do not affect you at all.”

He went on to say that his nephew knew he would not be able to beat Wawrinka as soon as he felt the problem, adding: “In the second game of the second set he felt a pinch. When I asked him after treatment what was happening he said ‘it’s over’.”

Tennis on Twitter: