Australian Open 2014 men's final: How to watch Rafael Nadal vs. Stanislas Wawrinka

Matt King

No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal is set to take on No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the 2014 Australian Open.

The 2014 Australian Open will come to a close on Sunday with the men's final between No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka. Saturday saw the champion of the women's singles bracket crowned as Li Na bested Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets, 7-6, 6-0.

Nadal is playing in his third Australian Open final hoping to win it for the first time since 2009. Wawrinka, on the other hand, is playing in his first major final. The world No. 8 has a lot to prove at this point, but he's had the tournament of his life thus far.

Wawrinka is making a surprise appearance in the finals. After besting No. 17 seed Tommy Robredo in the round of 16, many expected Wawrinka's run to end when he met No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic appeared to have smooth sailing to a fourth straight Australian Open final.

But Wawrinka took down Djokovic in five sets, and handled No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych in the semifinals. He's playing the best tennis of his career, going back to last year when he took Djokovic to 22 games in the fifth set of the Aussie Open fourth round, and lost in five sets again to Djokovic in the U.S. Open. But Wawrinka hasn't beaten Nadal in 12 matches. In fact, Wawrinka has never won even a single set against Nadal.

Still, Nadal hasn't typically had his best success at the Australian Open. He won it in 2009, topping Roger Federer in five sets, but fell to Djokovic in the finals back in 2012. With Djokovic out of the way, Nadal is now the clear favorite.

Television coverage for the match will be provided by ESPN. They'll have coverage on the flagship network beginning at 3 a.m. and it's expected to run through 6:30. If you're hoping to watch online, you have two choices from ESPN. The two services are the same, but the English stream of WatchESPN will require log-in verification, while the ESPN3 broadcast in Spanish will be available to all.

More from SB Nation:

SB Nation's complete coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII

Why are you mad at Richard Sherman? | Sherman responds to "thug" comments

Ziller: The 30 biggest moments of David Stern's career

The year in longform: 13 of our favorite features from '13

NFL Mock Draft: Senior Bowl could shake up 1st round

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.