In winning the 2014 Australian Open, Stanislas Wawrinka proved to the world that he could compete against the “big boys” of tennis, having beaten both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal en route to his first career Grand Slam. But now a full month past that glorious achievement, was this just a flash-in-the-pan, once in a lifetime run, or could Wawrinka now emerge as yet another dominant force in tennis?
Ever since Roger Federer slipped from his dominant perch atop the tennis world in 2010, only he, Djokovic, Nadal, and Andy Murray have really experienced any success in major tennis tournaments. During his career, Wawrinka has largely lived under Federer’s shadow suffering to 13 losses and just 1 lone win back in 2009. At 28, Wawrinka has been a bit of a late bloomer, but he has taken incremental steps to this success in the past 12 months. He reached the 2013 US Open semi-final late last summer and now has his Australian Open success. Will he continue this excellent form?
My hunch says yes. Federer is definitely in the hunt to regain his No. 1 world ranking again. Nadal and Djokovic are clearly the masters of the sport while Murray has grown as well. All three of these guys are younger than Wawrinka and could still yet improve. Nevertheless, I think the Wawrinka may just enjoy a good run of fortune in the next several years! While there will still be a strong Swiss presence at Grand Slam events now, it seems that the torch may have just been passed to Stanislas Wawrinka.
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