Stan Wawrinka’s stunning defeat of top-ranked Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final on Sunday booked the Swiss his place at the ATP World Tour Finals in London at the end of the year.
Australian Open and French Open winner Djokovic, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Wawrinka are the first three players all confirmed for the season-ender at the O2 Arena. Wawrinka, 31, claimed his third grand slam title by defeating Djokovic in four sets, adding to the 2014 Australian crown and 2015 French Open.
It will be his fourth appearance at the Tour Finals where he will be looking to better his three semi-final runs. “At the beginning of the season, it is always my goal to be in the top eight and qualify for London,” said Wawrinka.
“It is great to be able to secure a spot once again this year after a fantastic two weeks in New York. I look forward to returning to The O2. I love playing there.” Wawrinka has won four titles this year having also won in Chennai, Dubai and Geneva.
Wawrinka’s victory over Novak Djokovic means that the Swiss is only a Wimbledon title shy of a career slam.While coming out top at a grand slam is never easy, each of Wawrinka’s three titles have come against the world number one on the day.
Against Djokovic, he faced an opponent who had benefited from one of the easiest passages ever to a grand slam final, with two of the Serb’s matches ending in early retirements and another in a walkover.