For the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, qualification for the ATP World Tour finals at the end of the year is a given, but for those lower down the pecking order in men’s tennis, qualifying for the showpiece event is a huge achievement in itself.
Now that he has qualified, Stanislas Wawrinka hopes to make to most of the experience and top off an exceptional year.
With the fierceness of competition at the top of men’s tennis places at the ATP World Tour Finals are always at a premium and, with the recent resurgence of Nadal, this year is no exception.
In order for any player to secure the necessary points to finish in the top eight of the world rankings they must be consistent throughout the season and Wawrinka knows that it has taken an exceptional effort to secure his place.
"Going to London is not a normal thing," the 28 year old said. "You need to have an exceptional year. This year I had very good results to be able to compete for this.”
This year’s passage to the ATP World Tour finals was eased by the news that Andy Murray, a perennial favourite
in the tennis betting, would be withdrawing from the event through injury but, even so, there is still a remarkable amount of talent on display.
Wawrinka is currently ranked eighth in the world, his highest ever position, and after winning the Portugal Open back in May and reaching the final of both the Madrid Open and the ‘Topshelf’ Open in 2013, he is full of confidence and he is clear that his upturn in fortunes is down to a change in attitude.
“What changed this year is that I really tried to enjoy my victories more," the man from Lausanne, Switzerland added.
The ATP World Tour Finals begins in London on 4th November and whilst Wawrinka will go into the tournament as a huge underdog, fans who bet on tennis know he certainly has the ability
and character to cause an upset or two and top off his exceptional year.