Australian Open: Rafael Nadal downbeat following final defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka
Rafael Nadal shed tears during the Australian Open trophy ceremony after an emotional defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Last Updated: 26/01/14 1:17pm
The 2009 Melbourne champion had hoped to become the first man in the Open era to win every grand slam title at least twice, but a back injury put paid to his hopes of claiming a 14th major title.
World No 1 Nadal looked as if he might pull out after taking a medical timeout when falling a set and a break behind, but he fought back to take the third set and force the match into a fourth.
However, it was Wawrinka who held his nerve to come through and claim his first Grand Slam title.
The 27-year-old left-handed Mallorcan told the Rod Laver Arena crowd: "Many thanks to Stan, you really deserve it and I'm very happy for you. We have a great relationship. Bad luck was against me today but you really deserve this.
"It's been a very emotional two weeks and I'm sorry to finish this way. I tried very, very hard.
"Last year was a very tough moment when I didn't have the chance to be playing here. Playing this year has been one of the most emotional tournaments in my career."