Current ATP Rank: 4
2014 Highlights: 3 titles – Australian Open, Monte Carlo Chennai; Wimbledon, US Open QFs
ATP Finals History: 2nd appearance, SFs last year
Notable Stat: Hasn’t beaten a Top 15 player since win over Federer in the Monte Carlo final!
Finals Outlook: Kevin Anderson, Tatsuma Ito, Mikhail Kukushkin and Gilles Simon. Apart from being pro tennis players, what do these four all have in common? They all have wins over Stan the last month or so. Right there that gives me pause on Wawrinka’s outlook in London. Making matters worse is Stan a) hasn’t made a SF since Queen’s; b) hasn’t beaten a Top 15 player since April; and, c) hasn’t even faced a Top 10 player since Wimbledon! Hard to believe, I know. So, Stan isn’t really playing that well and that’s against lesser competition. Therefore, and I know he made the SFs a year ago, I can’t see him doing much damage next. Maybe he continues his mastery over Berdych (he’s won 7 of 8) or sneaks one out against Cilic (though I like the Croat), but I don’t see him beating Djokovic. So for me, he’s the “weakest link” in the field. That said, he does seem to play better tennis at the bigger events.
Swing Match: v Berdych
Projected Finish: Last in Group A (1-2)
Next player evaluation: Roger Federer
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