Wawrinka Qualifies For World Tour Finals; Tight Tace For Remaining Spots.
Stanislas Wawrinka has spoken of his delight after securing a place in the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals.
The Swiss' spot at the tournament in London was confirmed following the release of the draws for next week's ATP competitions in Stockholm, Vienna and Moscow.
Wawrinka's prospective appearance at the Finals - which will be the second of his career - caps a year that saw him end his wait for a maiden grand slam title with victory at the Australian Open in January, reaching a career-high ranking of third as a result.
And the 29-year-old, who now sits at number four in the world, is understandably thrilled to have achieved his aim of a second straight qualification and is relishing returning to the O2 Arena.
"I'm extremely happy to be back in London," Wawrinka said.
"It was my dream and goal to qualify again this year after the great experience in 2013. It's only my second time at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and being part of this great event remains a childhood dream for me."
"The atmosphere in London is one of a kind and it means a lot to me to be there together with the very best players of the world."
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Stanislas "Stan" Wawrinka (born 28 March 1985) is a Swiss professional tennis player.
He is currently the Swiss No. 2 and World No. 4, as of 06 October 2014.
He climbed to his highest ranking so far, No. 3, on 27 January 2014 as a result of winning his first Grand Slam event, the 2014 Australian Open.
He also reached the semifinals of the 2013 US Open where he lost to Novak Djokovic in five sets.
In ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, he won the Monte Carlo Masters in 2014 and was finalist at the Rome Masters in 2008 and the Madrid Masters in 2013.
Also, he won a gold medal for Switzerland in the men's doubles event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, partnering Roger Federer.
They were also honoured with the 2008 Swiss Team of the Year Award.
In addition, he has played for the Switzerland Davis Cup team since 2004, scoring a 22–24 win-loss record.
He played in the longest doubles match in history at the Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic in 2013 partnering Marco Chiudinelli.
Wawrinka considers clay his best surface and his serve and backhand his best shots.
John McEnroe believes that Wawrinka has one of the most powerful backhands he has ever seen and describes him as having "the best one-handed backhand in the game today".
The ATP World Tour Finals (also known as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for sponsorship reasons) is a professional men's tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts and is held annually in November at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom.
The ATP World Tour Finals are the season-ending championships of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour, featuring the top eight singles players and doubles teams of the ATP Rankings.
The tournament was first held in 1970.
The current champions (2013) are Novak Djokovic in singles and David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco in doubles.
Unlike all other singles events on the men's tour, the ATP World Tour Finals is not a straightforward knock-out tournament.
Eight players are divided into two groups of four and play three round-robin matches each against the other players in their group.
The two players with the best records in each group progress to the semifinals, with the winners meeting in the final to determine the champion.
Though it is theoretically possible to advance to the semi-finals of the tournament with two round-robin losses, no player in the history of the singles tournament has won the title after losing more than one round-robin match.
The current round robin format of two groups of four players progressing to a semifinal and final, has been in place for all editions of the tournament except the following years:
1970, 1971 - Round robin with no semifinals or finals, winner decided on best performed player
1982, 1983, 1984 - 12 player knock-out tournament with no round robin. The top four seeds in the event received a bye in the first round.
1985 - 16 player knock-out tournament with no round robin
In the current tournament, winners are awarded up to 1500 rankings points; with each round-robin loss, 200 points are deducted from that amount.
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