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Stanislas Wawrinka - Switzerland  

Stanislas Wawrinka Birth Date: 3/28/1985 Age: 29
Birth Place: Lausanne, Switzerland Residence: St. Barthelemy, Switzerland
Height: 6'0'' (183 cm) Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Year Turned Pro: 2002 Plays: Right-handed
Official Website: www.stanwawrinka.com Twitter: @staniswawrinka

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On the Court

Turned pro in 2002, winning his first two Futures matches. Made his ATP debut as a wild card in Gstaad in 2003, losing his first match 6-3, 1-6, 5-7 to Jean-Rene Lisnard. His first ATP victory came at Amersfoot in July of 2003, a 6-4, 6-4 win over No. 304 Hugo Armando. Played just seven matches on the ATP circuit in 2004 and lost all seven.

Faced off against legendary countryman Roger Federer for the first time in the second round at Rotterdam in 2005, losing 1-6, 4-6. Participated in Davis Cup play for the first time, going 0-2 in singles against The Netherlands. First blip on the radar came at Barcelona, where he reached the quarterfinals while ranked No. 113, leaping to No. 99 the following week. Earned a main draw wild card to Roland Garros and upset No. 23 Nicolas Massu in the first round, then American James Blake in the second. Two months later, reached his first ATP final, at Gstaad, losing to Gaston Gaudio but still rising to No. 55. Made the third round of the US Open thanks to an upset of No. 10 Mariano Puerta in the second round. Defeated future Grand Slam winner Andy Murray in Davis Cup play, and finished the season 16-16.

Broke through for his first title and first winning record in 2006. Reached the Auckland semifinals to be ranked in the Top 50 for the first time. A sluggish stretch after that saw him fall back to No. 67 before reaching the semifinals at Barcelona with an upset of No. 12 David Ferrer. Reached the third round at Wimbledon, then broke through for his first time at Umag on clay, winning when opponent Novak Djokovic retired while leading 6-6(1). Wawrinka scored his first win over a Top 10 player at Cincinnati when he upset No. 4 David Nalbandian, 6-4, 6-2. Got hot in the autumn season with a quarterfinal appearance at Vienna, a semifinal at Basel - where he upset Nalbandian again - to finish the season 33-24.

Backslid to 21-24 with no titles in 2007. Missed nearly four months with an injury, and when he returned, garnered just one win between May 7 and July 16. Finally found his form by reaching the finals at Stuttgart, losing to No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Made the fourth round at the US Open, his best Grand Slam performance at the time. Reached the Vienna final, losing to Djokovic.

Back on his game in 2008 with a career-best 38 wins. Kicked off the season by reaching the Doha final to join the Top 30 for the first time. Reached the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 Indian Wells, the semifinals at Barcelona, then the finals at Rome to vault to No. 10 in the world. Rose to No. 9 after reaching the third round of the French Open. A first-round loss at Vienna saw him fall back out of the 10 best players in the world, and he remained right at the cusp the rest of the year.

Ended 2009 just outside the Top 20 after a 31-20 campaign. Made the semifinals at Monte Carlo in which he defeated Federer for the first time. Three first-round losses post-Wimbledon saw him fall out of the Top 20.

Won his second career title in 2010 and finished the season with a 36-19 record. The championship came at Casablanca and moved Wawrinka back to No. 20 in the world. Made the quarterfinals of the US Open, thanks in large part to a third-round upset of No. 4 Murray.

Exploded out of the gate in 2011 by winning the season-opening tournament at Chennai and reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, losing to Federer. Followed that with a semifinal trip to Buenos Aires. Peaked at N0o. 14 several times during the year and finished 35-20.

Put up the exact same record in 2012, but did not win a title for the first time since 2009. Best efforts were semifinals at Buenos Aires, Acapulco, Estoril, and Cincinnati.

Grand Slam Singles Titles:

None

Year-End Singles Rankings:

2012: 17
2011: 17
2010: 21
2009: 21
2008: 13
2007: 36
2006: 30
2005: 54
2004: 168
2003: 171

Off the Court

Is the son of Wolfram and Isabelle, who work at an organic farm helping the handicapped. Older brother Jonathan is a tennis coach, while sisters Djanaee and Naella, are both students who also play tennis. Has been married to wife Ilham since 2009, and daughter Alexia was born in February of 2010.