A lucky punter banked on Swiss tennis player Stanislas Wawrinka to give him a sizable return for a 50/1 £2,000 each-way bet placed at Ladbrokes, for the men's singles final of the Australian Open. The bet paid off, since the 28-year old Swiss eight seed scored a 3-1 victory over Rafael Nadal at 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 6-3
Nadal was the heavy odds-on favorite to beat Wawrinka but lost the first set with a 6-3 score. Things did not go any better because the Spaniard suffered a back injury during the middle of the second set, which ended at 6-2 in favor of Wawrinka. After receiving medical attention and in spite of the pain and thoughtless booing of the crowd, Nadal was able to stay in the game by winning the third set at 3-6. Still, Wawrinka wrapped up the men's single finals by beating Nadal in the fourth set at 6-3, which made him the first ever to beat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in a Grand Slam, and to bag the 2014 Australian Open as his first major title.
The betting scheme continues for the new number one Swiss player, since he has other championship matches to hurdle in 2014. Ladbrokes is offering 20/1 on a Wawrinka win for the French Open and 16/1 if he triumphs in the U.S. and in the Wimbledon Open; 6/1 if he gets to make it to at least two, 50/1 if makes it to all three and 1,000/1 if he tops all competitions. For those who believe that the Australian Open will be Wawrinka's sole Grand Slam feat for this year, Ladbrokes is offering punters a 1/10 deal.