‘Fabulous’: Stan Wawrinka Reveals the Most Significant Victories in his Tennis Career

Published 12/20/2020, 10:10 AM EST
Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates the second set point against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their Men’s Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


Stan Wawrinka is one of the toughest players to compete against. The Swiss superstar has been around in the men’s circuit since 2002 and has amassed several ATP titles to his name. It is hard to pick one, but which trophy does Wawrinka cherish the most?

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It is quite hard for athletes to point their hands at a single achievement when they have earned so much in their careers. Likewise, Stan Wawrinka has won 16 ATP titles to date, and he was asked his strongest win in a recent interview. 

The 35-year-old sat recently down for a chat with French magazine ‘Paris Match Suisse,’ where the interviewer posed this question to the Swiss international. “It’s impossible to get one out. My first title at Umag in Croatia in 2006 was very important,” Wawrinka responded (Quotes translated from French via Google). 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 19: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates match point after his First Round Singles Match against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day Three of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queens Club on June 19, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The first victory is always important in any athlete’s career as it paves the way for future success by building ample confidence. Wawrinka’s no different as he still can’t forget his first ATP title that came in Croatia in 2006. 

He emerged victorious in the finals when his opponent Novak Djokovic had to retire from the match due to an injury. The Croatian Open victory opened up a new road for success and Wawrinka has been traveling on it ever since. 

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Wawrinka is a three-time Grand Slam champion and these titles are undeniably the most important ones in his career. His game proved to be unbreakable after he won his first Major in 2014.

However, 35-year-old Wawrinka named other accomplishments besides his Grand Slam victories that meant more to him. He frequently represented his country at the Olympics and the Davis Cup and has earned the top honors at both events. 

“Winning the Davis Cup for Switzerland after having played it for twelve years was fabulous, like the Olympic gold medal with Roger in Beijing, especially since it was my first Olympics,” Wawrinka added. 

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Wawrinka and Federer won gold at the 2008 Olympics and it was to be Switzerland’s only effort at winning gold in Beijing. Furthermore, Wawrinka could not leave out his Slam victories when talking about his memorable triumphs. 

“Without forgetting of course, on a more personal note, my three Grand Slam victories,” he added. 

Stan Wawrinka is now 35-years-old who is finding it hard to compete after recovering from a major knee surgery. He will undoubtedly compete in 2021, but winning a Slam will not be his number one priority and his coach has mentioned the same too. 

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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