Stan Wawrinka Joins Grand Slam Record List Which Includes Roger Federer After Australian Open 2021 Loss

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He may have crashed out of the Australian Open, but veteran Swiss star Stan Wawrinka’s agonising five-set loss in the second round at Melbourne Park took him to fourth in the list of players with most five-setters in Grand Slams in the Open Era.

From being two sets down against rising Hungarian star Martin Fucsovics, the old warhorse in Wawrinka stirred into life as he staged a brilliant fightback to win the next two sets.

Wawrinka is fourth on the Open Era list of players with most five-setters in Grand Slams

However, the Swiss couldn’t hold out a late resurgence from the Hungarian as he lost the tie-break in the deciding set to go down 5-7, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (9-11).

The defeat took the Swiss’ count of five-setters in Grand Slams to 44, more than former champion Andre Agassi who trails at the fifth with 41 matches that went the full distance.

Wawrinka’s win-loss ratio in the five-setters that he has featured in stands at 24-20, while Agassi’s is 24-17.

Stan Wawrinka’s Swiss mate Roger Federer tops list with 47 five-setters

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer tops the list with 47 five-setters in Grand Slams, while his win-loss count is at 30-17.

Former stars Lleyton Hewitt and Fernando Verdasco rank second and third in the list. Though they are tied at 45 five-setters in Grand Slams, the former Australian champion has more share of wins at 26-19 to Verdasco’s 23-22.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021 Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka reacts during his second round match against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Wawrinka had pulled out of the Murray River Classic, a tune-up ATP event in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, after his win over Australian Alex Bolt.

After a title-less run on the men’s Tour and the pullout at the season-opener in Melbourne, the veteran Swiss wasn’t on top of his game going into the year’s first Grand Slam.

However, his straight-set win in the opening round against Pedro Sousa of Portugal seemed to indicate that he had found his bearings and will carry his form and momentum into the business-end at Melbourne Park.

However, his game fell away in the face of some aggressive tennis by Fucsovics in the second round.

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At 35, there are doubts on whether the 18th-ranked Swiss will return to the Australian Open next year.

 

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