Stan Wawrinka is such a good bet to retain his title in the Australian Open at Melbourne Park which starts on January 19.
Wawrinka broke the mould of the big four dominating at Grand Slam events.The Swiss beat Novak Djokovic in the quarter finals, Thomas Berdych in the semi-finals and Rafael Nadal in the final to claim his first grand slam title.
All three of his opponents were ranked higher than Wawrinka at the time. What makes his feat ever more impressive is that he beat Djokovic after a 14-match losing streak.
When he met Rafael Nadal in the final it is fair to say that very few expected him to beat the Spaniard, considering he had never even won a set in all 13 previous matches.
At the 2014 Monte Carlo Masters Wawrinka beat Roger Federer in the final to claim the title and beat his Swiss compatriot for the second time in 15 attempts. Wawrinka has also beaten Andy Murray in the U.S Open in 2013.
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What is significant is that he is one of the few players on the tour who has beaten the big four on the biggest stage and when it counts. Wawrinka is in the top half of the draw for the defence of his Australian Open title.
If he gets through to the quarter finals he will have to face Kei Nishikori who beat him at the U.S open in five sets .The way he defended his title without dropping a set in Chennai shows he is in good form going into the Australian Open tournament.