Stan Wawrinka, a tennis player from Switzerland, has spoken out about his ugly run-in with the Federers at the 2014 ATP Finals. In a difficult and intense match between Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer at the 2014 ATP Finals, Wawrinka was called a “cry baby” by Federer’s wife Mirka.
Wawrinka remarked, “Not just before the serve, not just before the serve” as Federer was poised to serve late in the third set as he moved away from the serving line. Mirka then yelled ‘cry baby,’ as seen by courtside photographers and French television.
Stan Wawrinka vs. Mirka Federer (ATP World Tour Finals 2014).
Stan: “She did the same thing at Wimbledon. Every time I am on her side, she yells before I serve. It’s unbearable.”
Mirka: “Crying baby”
Stan would go on to lose the match 7-6 in the third set tiebreak. pic.twitter.com/AZWNmUL55V
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Wawrinka asked incredulously, “Did you hear what she just said?” Federer. During their semifinal encounter in July, Wawrinka reportedly told the chair umpire, “She did the same thing at Wimbledon,” confirming that there was a conflict with Mirka. Despite having four match points on Saturday at the year-end championships, Wawrinka ultimately lost the match.
When questioned about the incident during the game, Wawrinka dismissed it. He smiled and assured the media, “Nothing special. “Tense match. It’s never easy.” Wawrinka downplayed the incident, but Federer acknowledged the two had a quarrel. They resolved it after addressing it in the locker room after the match. If there was animosity between the two, it was swiftly forgotten. Wawrinka and Federer then paired up to win the Davis Cup for Switzerland soon after.
Stan Wawrinka has made a comeback after an injury
On January 27, 2014, Stanislas Wawrinka attained a singles career-high ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking of No. 3 for the first time. His three Grand Slam victories are among his career-high points. Unfortunately, the Swiss went on a hiatus after suffering from a left foot injury for which he underwent surgery.
Wawrinka had not played in a tour-level match for 13 months and had undergone two left foot surgeries, but he was back at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The Swiss were completely forthcoming about the hardships of his recovery before making a comeback in the singles.
“[It is] not a miracle, I wouldn’t say that, but it was very long and difficult, more than a year. I thought I would be [out] only a few weeks. It lasted a whole year with many moments of doubts. It was extremely long and tough,” Wawrinka said. “I really needed to have the willpower to come back, to have the strength to go through rehab and everything, and I’m very happy to be here now.”
Wawrinka’s recent years have been difficult, mainly due to injuries.
And now, finally, after four years, he’s back in an ATP final.
He’s virtually a top 50 player again after almost two years.
It’s impossible not to be happy for a legend like Stan! 🇨🇭pic.twitter.com/RsQzmBt9un
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Nicknamed ‘Stan The Man, with 784 points, Stan Wawrinka is now ranked No. 72. He is ahead of Marc-Andrea Huesler, who is ranked no. 83 and has become the top-ranked Swiss player.
His transformation from a junior player to a three-time Grand Slam victor is a testament to patience and hard work. The example of Wawrinka serves as a reminder that greatness can be attained. With commitment, desire, and the willingness to push oneself beyond one’s limits, anything is possible.