Stanimal! Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland's working-class tennis hero

Known as much for his gritty tennis as for eventually crashing out to champion after making them sweat, Stanislas Wawrinka ousted Novak Djokovic from Australian Open in a marathon match - one that showed hard-work always pays.

updated: January 23, 2014 20:10 IST
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If Roger Federer is the celebrated mascot of Swiss tennis, Stanislas Wawrinka has long been confined to being the second symbol. On Tuesday (January 21), all of that changed when the 28-year-old held his nerve to beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 in a five-set herculean battle.

Wawrinka matched Djokovic shot for shot and made the Serbian giant toil. Although he lost the first set 2-6, Wawrinka fought his way back in the next two to show that he had his eyes on a win and nothing less.

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