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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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arrowflew January 27 2014 at 12:01 AM

Whats really "stunning" is how anyone can watch this crap.

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jubequinn January 27 2014 at 12:24 AM

It's worse than watching football.

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malcoseba January 27 2014 at 2:22 AM

You must be illiterate

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xsalomon January 26 2014 at 11:40 PM

rafa, you showed that you are the most courageous and classiest of athletes. It would have been easier to shake hands and default with the big bilster on the palm of your hand and a painful back....
but you hung in there to see it through the end.... it was painfully clear (to me) you were in pain!!
I have been a huge fan since you were 19 and your Aussie Open's performance just made me your fan forever.

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jubequinn January 27 2014 at 12:26 AM

How so right YOU are.

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floatgod January 26 2014 at 9:14 PM

WHAT A STUNNNNNNER!!!!
Not;
Yawn, does anybody even watch tennis?
Must be the same people who watch Roller Derby, Wrestling, and Badminton.

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Robert Martin January 26 2014 at 8:20 PM

What oh what was the score in the men's final in Australia?????

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arrowflew January 27 2014 at 12:02 AM

3 to 1 Cincy

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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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Picassojazz1 January 26 2014 at 7:36 PM

WAWRINKA IS A GOOD PLAYER BUT HE DIDN'T WIN THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WERE IT NOT FOR THE HANDICAPS INCURRED BY NADAL........A WIN YES, BUT NOT ACCEPTABLE.

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lis314 January 26 2014 at 7:08 PM

Calm down pjp, don't have such a hard time with those sour grapes. Maybe you have the same
problem that Rafa does, it's just that it's not Stan's (THE WINNER) foot, it's your own head.

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pjp264 January 26 2014 at 6:53 PM

Rafa is the best, and for not the back problem he would have found a way to beat Stan i'm sure. Rafa could have just quit, but he wanted to see Stan have the full honors of winning and getting the trophy without dropping out . Good grief Rafa could not even hardly even serve the ball over the net because of the pain. Anyone that thinks he took a locker break because he was just getting beat and wanted to stop and was not even injured is just some kind of a dumb idiot. He wil be back strong and Stan's victorys will be short lived!

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lis314 January 26 2014 at 6:27 PM

It doesn't happen very often, but I get really tired of Rafa calling for an injury time out every time he gets in a jam. He's so terrifically talented, I hope that's not the way he's been coached. It does mess with the opponent. That's not what should be happening at that level of sports(or any level
for that matter). Rafa's back problem was caused by Stan's foot going up an uncomfortable place
below Rafa's back.

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xsalomon January 26 2014 at 11:46 PM

he never calls for a a medical time out ... at this tournament he played with an enormous blister on his racket hand for most of the second week of the tournament. He had it treated , yes, during the match because the tape comes off during play... you must not have watched carefully but there was an actual WOUND. I wonder if you would be able to play for 2 hours or more with a racket rubbing on an open wound ??

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adswing1 January 26 2014 at 6:11 PM

Congrats to Stanislas!!! It was a long time coming. You had a good tourney!! Stop saying he won against a "hobbled" or "injured" Rafa. If he was so hurt then he should have just stopped playing. Since he did not. "Wawrinka beat Nadal" and that's it.

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xsalomon January 26 2014 at 11:50 PM

Congrats to Stan !! great tournament and a long time coming... But it would have not been very honorable (nor very manly) to have walked out... the comment says more about the person who wrote it than anything else

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jubequinn January 27 2014 at 12:27 AM

Rafa is not one to make excuses. He was beat fair and square. He said that.

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