Wawrinka Climbs to Third in the World Rankings.

Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka improved to a career-high third, following his impressive two-week campaign in the first Grand Slam of 2014, which saw him triumph over top seeds, Novak Djokovic and Rafeal Nadal on his track to glory.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, whom Stan the champ defeated in the semi-finals at the Rod Laver Arena, climbs to fourth.

Despite an unfortunate loss in Sunday’s final, Spaniard Nadal remains the world number one ahead of Serbia’s Djokovic.

Andy Murray may have understood the circumstances surrounding his semi-final loss to 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals in Melbourne better, but will as well have to come to terms with a slip to sixth in the world ranking.

Stanislas Wawrinka Climbs to World Number Three After Winning His First Grand Slam in His First Try.
Stanislas Wawrinka Climbs to World Number Three After Winning His First Grand Slam in His First Try.

It was the Wimbledon champions’ second event since having a back surgery against Federer, who himself is making a revival from a dismal show of form in 2013 that saw him reach just a single final.

Federer drops two places to eight as all attention now shifts to Wawrinka.

From being in the shadows of his compatriot, 28-year-old Wawrinka has ended Federer’s 13-year-old reign as Swiss number one by becoming his country’s highest ranked player.

He is the first player since Sergei Bruguera in 1993 to beat the top two seeds on the way to a Grand Slam title.

He is the first man outside the big four to win a major since Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open, and the first man ever to beat Djokovic and Nadal in the same Grand Slam.

When asked by ESPN after his Australian Open triumph if his goal now was to be No.1, the typically self-deprecating Wawrinka was quick to answer.

“No, absolutely not,” he said.

He may not be interested in becoming the top seed but definitely will be a top shot at the Rolland Garros, which begins on Sunday 25, May.


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