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Upset solidifies Wawrinka as top player

Stan Wawrinka has played in the shadows of countryman Roger Federer for quite some time but is breaking out and proving he is a major world player.

Stan Wawrinka has played in the shadows of countryman Roger Federer for quite some time but is breaking out and proving he is a major world player.

If he has not already done so, then Stan Wawrinka is very close to breaking out of his fellow Swiss tennis star Roger Federer’s shadow. In a massive upset of No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the eight-seeded Wawrinka came back to get a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 victory in Sunday’s French Open final.

Wawrinka simply said after the match that he played the game of his life, but even that doesn’t give the magnitude of his triumph any real justice. Djokovic had a 28-match winning streak heading into the finals and already claimed the Australian Open earlier this year. But the here is something about the Clay that has left Djokovic searching for the final piece of a career grand slam.

Djokovic has won eight Grand Slams, with five at the Australian Open, two as Wimbledon and one as the U.S. Open. But the French open title just keeps denying his attempt at becoming just the eighth man in tennis history to win at least one title from all four tournament.

He’ll just have to keep trying, starting again next year.

But the 30-year-old Wawrinka is hitting his stride as a top-tier tennis player. This was his second career Grand Slam title and will be put up on his mantle next to his 2014 Australian Open championship, where he also won as the No. 8 seed.

Wawrinka also avenged his semifinal loss to Djokovic earlier this year in the Australian Open. But prior to the 2013 US Open, Wawrinka was just another guy in the field, winning one, maybe two matches since 2005. Since his semifinal run in the final major in 2013, Wawrinka is a fixture in the late rounds of tournaments. Of the seven tournaments since then he has appeared in the quarterfinals six times, semifinals four times and has two victories.

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