The Impact of the Australian Open

Rankings Shakeup

The 2014 Austrlian Open has set a different tone for the year with huge changes in the rankings, causing champion Stan Wawrinka to jump up to third, while Andy Murray slides down to sixth following his quarter-final exit. Below is the top 8 before and after the tournament.

1. Nadal (13130)          >     Nadal (14330)

2. Djokovic (12260)   >     Djokovic (10620)

3. Ferrer (5640)          >     Wawrinka (5710)

4. Murray (5560)       >     Del Potro (5370)

5. Del Potro (5415)    >     Ferrer (5280)

6. Federer (4355)       >     Murray (4720)

7. Berdych (4180)     >     Berdych (4540)

8. Wawrinka (3890) >     Federer (4355)

 

A Star is Born

At the beginning of the year’s Melbourne Grand Slam, I doubt Stanislas Wawrinka would have dreamed that in two weeks’ time he’d be doing photo shoots with the trophy. He produced some stunning serving, and perfectly carved backhands throughout the tournament, working his way past three-time champion Novak Djokovic in the quarters, and 2009 champion Rafael Nadal in the final – who had recently looked unstoppable, especially with a 12-0 head-to-head lead over Wawrinka going into the final.

His victory inspired a plethora of current and former tennis stars to take to Twitter to wish him well.

Heather Watson: Congratulations to The #Stanimal !

Sabine Lisicki: Huge congrats to Stan for winning his first grand slam title!! Hope Rafa gets better soon! @stanwawrinka @RafaelNadal @AustralianOpen

Jimmy Connors: Stan Wawrinka— Australian Open Champion. Any more need to be said. Great effort….

Andy Roddick: Wow….. Props to Stan Wawrinka on an unreal run down under

Boris Becker: Stan the Man…big shoutout to @stanwawrinka for winning his first major !!! It was about time….

Jim Courier: Congrats Stan, well deserved. One of the most impressive matches of Rafas career as well #ausopen

 

Outrage

German tabloid Bild Zeitung claimed Stanislas Wawrinka as one of their own after his victory, apparently because his grandfather lived in Germany for a short time. This sparked outrage among the Swiss, as Stan actually speaks no German and he is officially Swiss according to the ATP. Swiss newspaper, Blick, put the stealing of Stan down to current bitterness in Germany due, according to Blick, to a lack of talent in tennis.

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