Re: Gstaad R2: Bellucci "Swiss killer" defeats Wawa 6-4 6- 4
Certainly not a joke, and just because you're on a preferred surface at home does not automatically warrant a victory for a player. From what I saw, Bellucci served pretty well and seems to strike well off his forehand. He can be dangerous when he's playing well and such was the case today. Also, remember clay is Bellucci's favorite surface too.
Wawrinka's ranking HAS slipped this year, but I think it's partly because he might have had more favorable draws last year - he really is a better player this season than in previous seasons. He's improved his served quite a bit, and his forehand can be a liability with the UEs but it also can be a powerful shot (Gilbert/Cahill believe he hits it harder than possibly anyone else on tour, and I wouldn't disagree). He is mentally stronger than before, although I agree he needs to improve it on his opponents' break points and his backhand has always been renowned.
He's played some of the most exciting matches this year too: the DC matches, vs. Djokovic at IW, vs. Nadal at Miami, vs. Murray at Wimbledon, and had his first official win over Federer in the spring.
THAT's why people like him.
Tipsarevic, Wawrinka, Kohlschreiber, and Andreev