John Mc Enroe once said that Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands ever, and in 2009 described him as having "the best one-handed backhand in the game." Prior to the 2014 French Open, he requested and the ATP granted a formal change in his name from "Stanislas Wawrinka" to "Stan Wawrinka", stating that he plans to use the abbreviated name in tournament draws and press conferences.Wawrinka started playing tennis at the age of eight, and he played tennis once a week until he was 11 years old, when he started practice three times a week.
He showed some impressive backhand skills, but was unable to deal with Nadal's heavy game.
He suffered a three-month setback, tearing a tendon in his right knee while practicing for the Swiss Davis Cup team's tie against Spain in February.
He is sometimes considered as part of the newly-established "Big Five", an expansion of the Big Four, which already consists of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Wawrinka considers clay his best and favorite surface and his serve and backhand his best shots.
Wawrinka lost his first match, in the first round, against Victor Hănescu in a dead rubber. Wawrinka had his Grand Slam debut at the French Open.
Switzerland won the tie 3–2 against Romania and progressed into the World Group quarterfinals. He won against 22nd seed and Olympic Gold Medalist Nicolás Massú in the first round, in four sets.
Search: See photos of them together Find: Watch his skills on the court Always a favorite with the female fans, Verdasco is currently dating this Manhattan-based underwear model who has also appeared in James Bond films. Search: Watch Fernando in action Once engaged to Martina Hingis, Stepanek has since moved on to marry another tennis player, who was once in the top 10 before retiring shortly after their nuptials. Search: See them together Find: Watch him on the tennis court The surprise 2011 French Open champion is married to her former teammate, and he has since become her coach.
; born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player.
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