Nadal now has won 23 of his 33 matches against Federer, including nine of 11 in the majors. The 27-year-old Spaniard is one victory away from being the first man in the Open era to win all four majors at least twice, and from joining Pete Sampras in second place on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners with 14.
At the end of the night, Federer knew he wouldn’t even be the No. 1-ranked player in Switzerland next week. Wawrinka will replace Federer as their country’s highest-ranked player.
The 32-year-old Swiss had a terrible 2013, winning just one tournament and falling to sixth in the rankings. He entered the Australian Open with his lowest seeding at the season opening Grand Slam since 2002, when he was ranked 13th in the world.