Stan Wawrinka, in addition to having three Grand Slam titles on the bulletin board, is also the last tennis player in chronological order capable of winning a Major beyond Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Only the Wimbledon trophy is missing from the Lausanne tennis player to complete the Career Grand Slam, not to mention that Stan has also hoisted himself up to the third position of the ATP ranking (2014).
Despite these excellent results, there is too often the impression that we don't talk enough about him when we count the best tennis players. "Stanimal" would probably have won more if he hadn't been forced into the pits by a series of injuries in recent years, the most serious of which required a knee operation and subsequent slow rehabilitation.
In an interview with L’illustre, Wawrinka gives the meaning and influence of quote said by Samuel Blackett. Blackett is an Irish novelist and his quote is – “Always tried, always failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better”.
Wawrinka on his famous tattoo
“I don’t remember the day I discovered this sentence, but I have the feeling that I have always had it in me. Because it sums up my career" - Stan Wawrinka said. “In tennis, even the best players face a loss every week.
Failure is part of the job. You have to get up, start over, accept to lose again and again. Defeat, for me, has never been serious. The timing of this tattoo is special. I did it on March 28, 2013, my birthday. And I won my biggest victories soon after" - the former World number 3 added.
Magnus Norman is also credited with improvement in Wawrinka's mental toughness, as seen in his performance in important matches and was evident in his victories over Andy Murray at the 2013 US Open, and Novak Djokovic at the 2014 Australian Open (both were defending champions), as well as his improved consistency, culminating in his win over No.
1 Rafael Nadal at the 2014 Australian Open in which Wawrinka survived a fightback from Nadal to clinch the title. He also survived a fightback from No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the 2015 French Open final, being down one break of serve in the fourth set, before breaking Djokovic's service twice to clinch the title.
Despite his late-career successes, Wawrinka has been mired with inconsistency throughout his career. Illustrative of this is his record against players ranked No. 1 in the world. In Grand Slam finals, he holds a 3–0 record against No.
1 players but is 1–20 in all other matches against No. 1s, with that single victory coming in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open against Andy Murray. This, combined with the 11 consecutive finals won, has given Wawrinka the reputation of being a "big-match player"