Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal share beautiful hug after match (Video)

Stan Wawrinka Rafael Nadal

The mixed emotions of sadness and happiness, frustration and joy, pain and endurance were all evident when Stan Wawrinka and Rafa Nadal met at the net for a beautiful embrace following their final at the Australian Open on Sunday.

Wawrinka defeated Rafa in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, but the victory was a struggle in a number of ways. Rafa had a back injury that bothered him in the second set and resulted in him playing at much below his top level. Stan had to deal with the mental struggle of trying to defeat a wounded opponent. He lost a set, but he ultimately prevailed to win his first career grand slam. Yet, because he defeated an opponent who played half the match at half-strength, he couldn’t completely celebrate his win; it wouldn’t have been proper sportsmanship, nor is it a satisfying feeling to win in that manner.

All those emotions melted together for the beautiful hug the two shared after the match.

You could tell Nadal was saying “don’t worry” to Wawrinka, who was presumably apologetic for the way the match went down. And Nadal is right. Wawrinka was winning that match before Nadal’s back injury occurred. Not only that, but Stan also beat Tomas Berdych and Tommy Robredo … and he truly earned the title by finally conquering Novak Djokovic. He became the first player to ever beat Nadal and Djokovic in a major. Isn’t that enough right there?

For all that, Wawrinka should never look back at this title with anything other than pride and a sense of great accomplishment. He won the major and absolutely deserves it.

Bad French-to-English translation made it look like Roger Federer called out teammate Stanislas Wawrinka

Something Roger Federer said over the weekend got lost in translation and it made him look like he was calling out a teammate when he wasn’t.

Switzerland was shutout by the U.S. in the first round of the Davis Cup last weekend 5-0. Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka both lost their singles matches and then lost as a doubles team in four sets. The Associated Press’ recap said that Federer was pointing the finger at Wawrinka for their doubles loss.

Later, speaking in French to Swiss media, Federer appeared less gracious. He claimed not to be too disappointed while pointing a finger at Wawrinka, who slumped back in his chair looking every inch the junior partner in the relationship.

“I played well enough in doubles, but Stanislas not so much,” Federer said, adding that Wawrinka “didn’t have his best match in singles. It’s a shame, because of that defeat we weren’t able to put the U.S under pressure.”

I was shocked to read the story because the comments didn’t sound like something Federer would say. Turns out I was right — it’s not something he said.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Federer described Wawrinka’s play in French as “pas mal,” which translates to “not bad.” Somehow that was translated as bad, and just like that, it looked like Fed was calling out his teammate when he wasn’t.

Fed was pretty upset about the whole mixup.

“I did have a day to sort of recover on Sunday and just weather the press because it was taken completely the wrong way, me blaming Stan. I would never do that and it was just an unfortunate weekend.”

Stanilsas Wawrinka Feels Up Line Judge (Video)

Listen Stan, just because you’re seeded 21st in the tournament doesn’t mean you can go around grabbing everyone’s boobs like you’re Big Ern McCracken. This brilliant moment brush with sexual assault apparently happened during Stanislas Wawrinka’s second-round match at the Australian Open. Watch the video:

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Stanislas Wawrinka and Gael Monfils Pose for Twitter Picture Prior to Match

Less than an hour before facing off for their match at the Australian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka tweeted this locker room picture of himself with opponent Gael Monfils:

Monfils and Wawrinka are twitter buddies, have practiced together, and have done charity work together. They’ve faced each other three times with Monfils leading 2-1 after winning the two most recent matches, and unfortunately the two highly-seeded players were forced to meet in the third round.

There is little doubt that the two men are fond of each other, and little doubt that they were working their butts off to win the match. But I’m sorry, there’s still something about posing for such a friendly picture in the locker room so close to match time that leaves me feeling uncomfortable. After all, being that close to go time turns a friend into an enemy. Maybe for them the feeling doesn’t change until they’re officially on the court. One thing we do know for certain is that Roger Goodell would not approve of tweeting so close to match-time.