"I can't imagine any scenario. Anything is possible. All I want and want to do is be able to control what I can control, which is how I train and how I prepare to be at the top of my game on match day. . You can't control the results.
My goal is to do whatever it takes to be at the highest level possible next year, "said Stan Wawrinka a few weeks ago during Roland Garros, on the eve of the match against Andrey Rublev. At 35 years-old, Stan has lived unforgettable years, winning three Grand Slams and often troubling the Big Three, beating them multiple times and proving to be, with Andy Murray, a set called Fab Five.
His 2020 was a transitory year, but not a negative one; however the feelings for the future still leave some doubts. Stan started his 2020 in Doha, registered as seeded number 1. He enjoyed a bye in the first round, defeated Jeremy Chardy and Aliaz Bedene in the quarterfinals in 2 sets before surrendering in the semifinals to the young Corentin Moutet, the revelation of the tournament.
Stan Wawrinka's 2021: is there still time to amaze?
He also participated in the doubles tournament alongside Frances Tiafoe but they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. At the Australian Open Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals by beating Dzumhur, Seppi, Isner and Medvedev, but lost to Zverev in the quarter-finals 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2.
In Acapulco he was defeated 6-4 6-4 by Grigor Dimitrov. In August the Prague challenger won, on clay-courts, beating Aslan Karatsev 7-6 6-4 in the final. It is the first tournament won by Wawrinka since 2017. He also participates in Challenger Prague 2, reaching the quarter-finals, but withdraws from the tournament.
He does not take part in the US Open, while at the French Open his race was stopped by Andrey Rublev. Could 2021 be his last season? Possible, at least probable. After the serious injury of 2017 Stan struggled to regain physical and mental shape, playing badly both in 2018 and in 2019.
To move forward and compete at the highest level with the best you need to be in good physical shape. Wawrinka will have to find his fundamentals to be competitive again, and still amaze the tennis world, as he has already been able to do in the past.
His coach Vallverdu said: "What are his goals for 2021? Stan is certainly still hungry for victories. And I'm sure he wants to give everything he has available between now and when he decides to retire. Obviously he doesn't just want to win, but to feel at the level of the best and be competitive at the highest levels.
Which he has proven he can almost always do. As unrealistic as it is to think of winning a Grand Slam, who can say? If it can happen? Of course it can happen. "