Tennis- Stanislas Wawrinka is a three-time Grand Slam champion now, and in the toughest era, when there are Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, who have let only two other players Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro win Grand Slams in last 11 years.
In last 11 years, 47 Grand Slams, Federer has won 13, Nadal has won 14 and Djokovic has won 12. Despite reaching 11 Grand Slam finals and winning 2 Olympics gold medals and 12 Masters 1000 titles, Murray has won just 3 Grand Slams and now Wawrinka and Murray have equal number of Grand Slams.
It is also interesting that Wawrinka has won just won just one Masters 1000 title in 87 appearances and has won 15 titles in his 14 years career, averaging just over 1 title per year and reached 24 finals in 14 years. But he has improved in last few years.
More than half of those 15, eight were ATP 250 tournament. Until the start of 2014, he had 4-9 record in ATP finals, but now he has won last 11. Stanislas Wawrinka had turned pro in 2002 and started playing Grand Slams regularly in 2005 at the age of 20.
Despite being a regular on tour, he could not reach any Grand Slam semifinal until 2013 US Open, nor he could win any Masters 1000 until then, when he was 28 years old. He lost to Djokovic is a very close 5-set match and few months later he got revenge and defeated Djokovic in a similar, thrilling 5 set clash in the Quarterfinal of the 2014 Australian Open.
Wawrinka faced struggling Nadal in the final, who had a back injury and blisters in his hands, but Nadal fought hard and managed to take a set. Hence Wawrinka won his first Grand Slam at the age of 28. Few months later he lost in the first round of French Open and failed to reach semifinal of Wimbledon and US Open.
But then again he came back strong and defeated Roger Federer in Quarterfinal and Novak Djokovic in final to win the French Open. Also Read: STAN WAWRINKA WINS THIRD GRAND SLAM TITLE AT U.S. OPEN, DEFEATING NOVAK DJOKOVIC MORE ON NEXT PAGE