Seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam title with victory over an injury-hit and favourite, Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.
Wawrinka withstood a fightback from the world number one, who was struggling with a back problem, to come through 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3.
The 28-year-old Swiss becomes only the second man from Switzerland to win a Grand Slam singles title after 17-time champion and compatriot, Roger Federer.
He is the first new men’s Grand Slam champion since Andy Murray and he is the first man outside the 'big four' to win a Grand Slam since Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2009 US Open.
Nadal showed great spirit to hit back once again from a break down in the fourth, but a forehand winner gave Wawrinka the decisive break at 5-3 and he served out the biggest win of his life with a love game.
Even two hours after winning he could scarcely believe what he had done. ‘It’s quite crazy what is happening now. I never expected to win a Grand Slam,’ he said.
‘I never dreamt about it because, for me, I wasn’t good enough to beat these guys. It’s an amazing feeling. I saw Roger winning so many.
But at the end of it, even if Rafa was injured, I still deserve it because I won here against the No 1 and No 2. There’s a big chance I will get drunk now.’
Wawrinka needed the wherewithal to control his mind in the face of all that was going on at the other end of the court with the most intimidating competitor in tennis, who was not going to give the match away.