A late developer on the ATP Tour, Wawrinka has added a powerful forehand and extra mental fortitude to his deadly one-handed backhand and has overtaken Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to establish himself as the third best player in the world.
Stanislas Wawrinka Biography
Wawrinka turned professional in 2002 but it took him four years to win his first ATP Tour title and another two years to break into the top ten. Although he was a consistent performer in the top ten of men’s tennis from then on, it seemed he was destined to enter his thirties without a Grand Slam title to his name, until he reached the final of the Australian Open in 2014 at the age of 29, and defeated Novak Djokovic in a memorable match. Since then he has also won the French Open and the US Open and remains the most consistent threat to the Big Two of Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Bet on Stansislas Wawrinka
Wawrinka continues to be underestimated in tournament betting markets for major tournaments, particularly the Grand Slams, where Djokovic and Murray dominate the betting. If they continue to duel for the number one spot, there could be value to be had backing Wawrinka, and he can’t be ruled out at Wimbledon either. On the face of it, the surface doesn’t suit his game, but the best players can transcend such obstacles, and he could be worth considering to add the fourth Grand Slam title to his collection.
The odds on Wawrinka in tournament betting markets will depend largely on whether Djokovic or Murray are involved, but he’s likely to be significantly bigger than either of those two for the time being. That could change if Djokovic continues to struggle and Wawrinka has a strong start to the 2017 season, but for the next few months, expect him to be available at tempting odds in most events.