I owe Stan Wawrinka an apology.
In April I said I don’t think we will see his best again.
Do I think Stan could win another Grand Slam? I’m not sure. Do I think Stan can challenge deep at majors and in masters events? Absolutely. Did I think that earlier on in the season? Absolutely not.
I like being proved wrong and I’m happy to admit I was.
I’ve always been a fan of Stan, I remember when he won that first major in Melbourne. I almost cried.
We talk about skill a lot in tennis but something we don’t talk about a lot is personality.
He is loved.
His tennis is like poetry, his shots are beautiful to watch and executed perfectly.
This week in Paris was a big test which he passed.
Straight sets against the in-form Chilean Cristian Garin. Another three sets win in all tie-breakers against a tough Grigor Dimitrov and of course that big performance win against Stefanos Tsitsipas which he won with over 5 hours of incredible tennis.
Stan still has something to give.
When you do get into the latter stages of your career players will put a bit more thought into their scheduling as we have seen with Roger and Rafa as well as Novak as it becomes near on impossible to play your best consistently on a full calendar!
He has shown how relentless he still is. When you consider the players he has beaten and in his five matches having some days to have played day after day and spent just over 16 hours on court, his resilience is still one of the best.