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Stanislas Wawrinka added a win over Rafael Nadal to his list of firsts in a stunning run to his maiden Grand Slam title, extending his rival’s injury-cursed run at the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset in Sunday’s final.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start against the 13-time major winner and regained his nerve after dropping the third set against the injured Spaniard.

Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but he refused to quit.

“It’s really not the way you want to win a tennis match, but in a Grand Slam final I’ll take it,” said Wawrinka, the first man in 21 years to beat the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players en route to a Grand Slam title. (Photos: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images, Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Game, set, match, love. Love is what it is and what it should be for Canadians since love is what it has been for tennis fans unlucky enough to be baking away in the unbearable Melbourne heat at the Australian Open, but fortunate enough to be witnessing the birth of a Canadian women’s tennis legend.To be following her around, awestruck and smitten, wearing their white, “Genie Army” T-shirts, with the red maple leaf and her name on the front, while cheering her every shot. Cheering. And groaning.Oh, yes, dying just a little on the inside when Genie Bouchard, the Montreal-born object of their tennis-fan affections, took a softball question from a reporter about who her dream date would be — after beating Ana Ivanovic Tuesday to secure a semi-final berth — and smashed it back with a resounding ouch by answering, “Justin Bieber.”The crowd roared. (Photo: AFP Photo/Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia)

Game, set, match, love. Love is what it is and what it should be for Canadians since love is what it has been for tennis fans unlucky enough to be baking away in the unbearable Melbourne heat at the Australian Open, but fortunate enough to be witnessing the birth of a Canadian women’s tennis legend.

To be following her around, awestruck and smitten, wearing their white, “Genie Army” T-shirts, with the red maple leaf and her name on the front, while cheering her every shot. Cheering. And groaning.

Oh, yes, dying just a little on the inside when Genie Bouchard, the Montreal-born object of their tennis-fan affections, took a softball question from a reporter about who her dream date would be — after beating Ana Ivanovic Tuesday to secure a semi-final berth — and smashed it back with a resounding ouch by answering, “Justin Bieber.”

The crowd roared. (Photo: AFP Photo/Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia)

Rafael Nadal made it abundantly clear how much he missed the last Australian Open with the manner of his third-round demolition of Gael Monfils.Top-seeded Nadal trounced No. 25-seeded Monfils 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours to finish off Saturday’s program on the Rod Laver Arena, then told the crowd it was “very emotional to have the chance to play that well here in Australia after missing last year.”He skipped it in 2013 during a seven-month layoff for illness and injuries, depriving him a chance to pick up two full sets of the Grand Slam titles.Nadal returned to win the French and U.S. Open crowns among his 10 titles last season and regained the year-end No. 1-ranking. The Australian Open is the only major Nadal has not won at least twice, with his sole triumph at Melbourne Park in 2009. The Spaniard lost an epic five-set final to Novak Djokovic two years ago. (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal made it abundantly clear how much he missed the last Australian Open with the manner of his third-round demolition of Gael Monfils.

Top-seeded Nadal trounced No. 25-seeded Monfils 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours to finish off Saturday’s program on the Rod Laver Arena, then told the crowd it was “very emotional to have the chance to play that well here in Australia after missing last year.”

He skipped it in 2013 during a seven-month layoff for illness and injuries, depriving him a chance to pick up two full sets of the Grand Slam titles.

Nadal returned to win the French and U.S. Open crowns among his 10 titles last season and regained the year-end No. 1-ranking. The Australian Open is the only major Nadal has not won at least twice, with his sole triumph at Melbourne Park in 2009. The Spaniard lost an epic five-set final to Novak Djokovic two years ago. (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Lightning strikes over Melbourne Park during the first round doubles match between Rameez Junaid of Australia and Adrian Mannarino of France, and Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Lightning strikes over Melbourne Park during the first round doubles match between Rameez Junaid of Australia and Adrian Mannarino of France, and Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan during day four of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova toiled in 43-degree Celsius (109 F) temperatures for more than 3 1/2 hours on Rod Laver Arena and could count herself among the unlucky early starters at the oppressively hot Australian Open on Thursday.

Organizers invoked their ‘Extreme Heat Policy’ and the roofs on the two main arenas were closed in the afternoon. Matches on outside courts, meanwhile, were suspended for more than four hours until temperatures dropped.

At the height of the heat, Sharapova, dripping in sweat, wasted three match points on serve in the 10th game of the third set, and then had to save break points and serve to stay in the match.

No. 25-seeded Alize Cornet of France, who will play Sharapova next, sobbed on court Thursday after her draining 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory, then blasted officials for not halting play sooner.

“On Tuesday, I don’t know why they didn’t stop matches,” she said. “It was an oven. An oven. It was burning. Why today and not Tuesday?

“I went really further than my limits. It was really hot, that’s why I’m so emotional,” Cornet said of the conditions. (Photos: Mal Fairclough/AFP/Getty Images, William West/AFP/Getty Images)

'I saw Snoopy': If the forecast of four consecutive days of 40-plus degrees Celsius (104-plus degrees Fahrenheit) temperatures in Melbourne proves correct, it will be the worst heat wave in the city in more than a century.

Canada’s Frank Dancevic collapsed during his match at the Australian Open on Tuesday. He later told reporters he saw Snoopy in a hallucination.

“I was dizzy from the middle of the first set and then I saw Snoopy and I thought, ‘Wow Snoopy, that’s weird,’” Dancevic said. (Photos: Aijaz Rahi/The Associated Press)

Canada limped out of the 2013 Davis Cup semi-final with three losses to Serbia, and two bruised bodies.

The Canadian team’s Davis Cup run came to an end Sunday as Janko Tipsarevic beat Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), giving Serbia the 3-2 win in the best-of-five tie.

Pospisil was injured on the final point when he dove to hit a volley that was returned for the final point. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images, Darko Vojinovic/The Associated Press)

Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil hung on for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 victory over Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Illja Bozoljac on Saturday to put Canada on the verge of its first-ever Davis Cup final.

Canada has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie heading into the final two singles matches on Sunday.

In the marathon fifth set, Pospisil got the opportunity to serve for the match after Zimonjic double-faulted before volleying into the net on consecutive points to give Canada the only break.
(Photo by STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil hung on for a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 victory over Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic and Illja Bozoljac on Saturday to put Canada on the verge of its first-ever Davis Cup final.

Canada has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie heading into the final two singles matches on Sunday.

In the marathon fifth set, Pospisil got the opportunity to serve for the match after Zimonjic double-faulted before volleying into the net on consecutive points to give Canada the only break.

(Photo by STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was dominant in a 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Canada‘s Vasek Pospisil on Friday, giving Serbia a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Davis Cup semi-finals.

Djokovic, who was coming off a loss to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final on Monday, won 12 consecutive games midway through the match and completed the victory in one hour 41 minutes.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face Janko Tipsarevic in the second singles match later Friday. The doubles match is scheduled for Saturday and reverse singles are set for Sunday.(Photo by Marko Drobnjakovic/The Associated Press)

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was dominant in a 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Canada‘s Vasek Pospisil on Friday, giving Serbia a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five Davis Cup semi-finals.

Djokovic, who was coming off a loss to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final on Monday, won 12 consecutive games midway through the match and completed the victory in one hour 41 minutes.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., will face Janko Tipsarevic in the second singles match later Friday. The doubles match is scheduled for Saturday and reverse singles are set for Sunday.

(Photo by Marko Drobnjakovic/The Associated Press)

With the 55th and last swing on the longest of many long points in the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal pushed a backhand into the net to get broken by Novak Djokovic.It could have been the beginning of the end for many players.Not for Nadal, who is as resilient as they come. A year after watching the Flushing Meadows title match on TV at home with a bad left knee, he is fit as can be — and, just maybe, better than ever.The No. 2-ranked Nadal emerged with his 13th Grand Slam title, and second at the U.S. Open, by withstanding No. 1 Djokovic’s similar brand of hustle-to-every-ball style and pulling away Monday to a tense, taut 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.“This season is probably the most emotional one in my career. I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here,” said Nadal, who dropped to the court and rolled over on his stomach, crying, after the last point, during the on-court trophy presentation. “I have to be almost perfect to win.” (Photo: Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)

With the 55th and last swing on the longest of many long points in the U.S. Open final, Rafael Nadal pushed a backhand into the net to get broken by Novak Djokovic.

It could have been the beginning of the end for many players.

Not for Nadal, who is as resilient as they come. A year after watching the Flushing Meadows title match on TV at home with a bad left knee, he is fit as can be — and, just maybe, better than ever.

The No. 2-ranked Nadal emerged with his 13th Grand Slam title, and second at the U.S. Open, by withstanding No. 1 Djokovic’s similar brand of hustle-to-every-ball style and pulling away Monday to a tense, taut 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory.

“This season is probably the most emotional one in my career. I felt that I did everything right to have my chance here,” said Nadal, who dropped to the court and rolled over on his stomach, crying, after the last point, during the on-court trophy presentation. “I have to be almost perfect to win.” (Photo: Julie Jacobson/The Associated Press)