AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Wawrinka Set To Rise To No. 3
by ATP Staff|
Stanislas Wawrinka will rise to a career-high World No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after winning his first Grand Slam championship at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The move will see Wawrinka usurp Roger Federer as Swiss No. 1 for the first time. Federer, who is set to slip to No. 8 after losing in the semi-finals, has held the Swiss No. 1 position since 2001.
The 28-year-old Wawrinka played at Melbourne Park at the career-high position of World No. 8, reaching that spot in October last year, shortly after contesting his first major semi-final at the US Open (l. to Djokovic).
Wawrinka is the first player outside the Top 4 to win the Australian Open since World No. 18 Thomas Johansson in 2002 (d. Safin) and the first player to win his maiden Grand Slam title by defeating a World No. 1 since Juan Martin del Potro upset Federer in the 2009 US Open final.
Having missed the Australian Open last season due to the knee injury that sidelined him for seven months, Nadal is set to remain at World No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Djokovic stays at No. 2, while del Potro completes the Top 4, equalling his career-high ranking. It is the first time since April 2010 that del Potro is back in the Top 4.