WATCH: Stan Wawrinka Intensifies Training as He Braces for 2021 Season

Published 12/06/2020, 11:30 AM EST
Stan Wawrinka in action during his second round match against Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


3-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has had a remarkable career so far. Often having to live in the shadow of his compatriot Roger Federer, Stan has done tremendously well for himself. He has won the gold medal in doubles at the Olympic games in 2008 back in Beijing.

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Just a day ago, Wawrinka enhanced training for the upcoming season. Having been troubled by injuries regularly in recent years, the former World no. 3 is eager to step up his fitness.

He recently posted a video on Instagram showing himself training hard. He was practicing with Jannik Sinner.

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Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in action during his quarter final match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

The Emergence of Stan Wawrinka

In 2014, much to everyone’s surprise, the Swiss beat Rafael Nadal in the final at the Australian Open. That result shocked the entire world as not many imagined Wawrinka getting the better of Nadal in a Grand Slam final.

That win gave him the belief that he can be considered a threat to the ‘big 4’.

Next year at Roland Garros, Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal. According to experts, it was Novak’s best chance to win the only major missing from his trophy cabinet.

Similarly, Wawrinka shocked the world when he fought back from a set down to lift the trophy at the French Open.

In the following year in 2016, Stan faced Djokovic in the finals of the US Open. This time, he had the confidence, having beaten him on the bigger stages in the past. Much like previous year’s meeting at the French Open final, Wawrinka clawed his way back and won the championship in four sets.

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Such wins definitely made other players on tour consider Stan as a real threat. On his day, it was nearly impossible to beat him.

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The likes of Nadal and Djokovic would have a hard time in curtailing him. Wawrinka has an aggressive style of play and the impact he can strike the ball with is almost second to none. The single-handed backhand he produces is his most lethal weapon.

 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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