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Wawrinka, Cibulkova big mover in tennis rankings

Australian Open Tennis
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Stanislas Wawrinka will replace David Ferrer as the world's No. 3 player after beating Rafael Nadal in the Sunday night's Australian Open final.

Wawrinka is projected to advance five places from No. 8 when the new ATP rankings are released Monday. Nadal will retain his No. 1 spot.

The 28-year-old Wawrinka will become Switzerland's highest-ranked player for the first time in his career, overhauling 17-time Grand Slam-winner Roger Federer, who started the Australian Open at No. 6 and could drop to No. 8 despite reaching the semifinals.

After beating No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, Wawrinka defeated seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych in the semis.

Djokovic is expected to retain his No. 2 spot in the rankings.

Dominika Cibulkova is expected to jump 11 places from No. 24 to No. 13 on the WTA rankings after reaching the women's final, while Australian Open champion Li Na moves up one spot to No. 3.

Serena Williams retains the top spot in the women's rankings despite being eliminated in the fourth round at Melbourne. Victoria Azerenka, who won the 2012 and 2013 Australian titles but lost in the quarterfinals this week, stays at No. 2.

Cibulkova upset Maria Sharapova in the fourth round before reaching her first Grand Slam final with a win over fifth-ranked Agnieska Radwanska. Radwanska will moves up on place to No. 4, while Sharapova will drop from No. 3 to No. 5.

Teenager Eugenie Bouchard - who beat former top-ranked Ana Ivanovic in the quarterfinals - enters the top-20 at No. 19, up from No. 31.

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projcontrols January 26 2014 at 9:21 AM

We luv ya Genie ! Go Canada !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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leig January 26 2014 at 1:40 PM

I cannot believe that S. Wawrinka won, even with Nadal with an injury. Still I am a Federer fan till the day he quits. I did not watch the game because Federer was not playing, so I do not know what causes Nadal to lose. But I would have got up to watch that one.

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polandmomdot leig January 26 2014 at 3:01 PM

My husband (who did play tennis) always said that on any given day, anyone could win.

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liz leig January 26 2014 at 5:04 PM

Stan played great throughout the tournament.. great against hard to beat Djoc. don't take anything away from Stan...I wanted Federer to be in the final with Stan.... that would have been unbelievable.. even tghen Stan may have won.

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tedtennislink January 26 2014 at 12:15 PM

It seems whenever these super stars start to get beat, like Serena or Nadal some type of weird injury occurs. If Nadal was supposedly so hurt he then he wins the set 6-3. It seems that when they realize someone is actually playing better then them, it has to be only because of some mysterious injury occured. Notice the long injury time out and how it threw Wawrinka's game off for a set.

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toddisit tedtennislink January 26 2014 at 12:56 PM

Would agree that there is some gamesmanship/psychological factor to these injury things, Azarenka did it at last year's Aussie 2013, went off court when losing. Another way to look at it is if they were really injured the way they want people to believe, they would simply leave the court and that would be it (retire). Simply take the loss and accept it. Playing injured only fuels speculation and it's not good for the game or the players because then people start wondering about the motives. I don't think it is beneath any player on tour to try faking injuries when losing to try changing the outcome. Nadal seems honest but who really knows for sure.

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morethanfamous January 26 2014 at 12:35 PM

Stan was the Man today~ I am glad someone else won a grand slam title. All is well in the tennis world. Great athletes world class in depth and in style. Tennis Is The Greatest. If you don't believe this is true, go to YouTube and put in Tennis Is The Greatest. You will find it interesting. By; the way, Nadal is cool too.

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fretplayer January 26 2014 at 5:08 PM

Headline said Nadal was injured but the article says nothing about it

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fliesandlies fretplayer January 26 2014 at 9:26 PM

Rafa pulled a back muscle early in the second set. The trainer worked on his back but the pain was such that Rafa couldn't move. Some players might have defaulted right then but Rafa pushed on as he didn't want to go down in history as defaulting on a Masters Tournament. Rafa will be back - he hasn't earned the #1 game against the incredibly talented field on his smile.

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Darlene January 26 2014 at 12:06 PM

Hang in there Nadal, shake it off, your day will come again....

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Josie0077 Darlene January 26 2014 at 12:55 PM

OH, PLEASE !!!!!

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bwaymike January 26 2014 at 4:05 PM

Well, if it couldn't be Djoker, I'm glad it was Wawrinka!

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fliesandlies bwaymike January 26 2014 at 9:28 PM

Wawrinka earned his win - he beat several of the top guys to get to the final. His backhand is killer - at his age he has found a way to improve his game. Men's tennis will be incredibly competitive this year as new young guns come to the fore. Look for Raonic, Dimitrov, Posposil to make their moves. Then there is DelPotro - the field is loaded with talent.

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JIM ISHOO January 26 2014 at 2:38 PM

Great to see a new face.

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Picassojazz1 January 26 2014 at 7:39 PM

RAFA HAS SHOWN HIMSELF TO BE THE TOP TENNIS PLAYER OF THE ERA.....HE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO ON AFTER HIS INJURIES TO PROVE IT; BUT HE IS FAR FROM A QUITTER; HE'S STILL #1

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Rudy&Willie January 26 2014 at 10:59 AM

It was wonderful to see Wawrinka win the Australian Tennis Open Final. He has got so good in the last year and beating all those top Payers to get there. I am glad for him.

And than there was Cibulkova with the Woman that beat so many good players to get to the Final.
She has really impruved. Good for them

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