Tag Archive: Stanislas Wawrinka


Hello friends. It’s Monday again, that wonderful day in which we delve into a tradition unlike any other — the W.A.T.C.H. List.  The time is now to see Who’s Achieved Their Career Highs this week*:

Player NATIONALITY Age New High
Julian Reister GER 27 90
Tim Smyczek USA 25 100
Alejandro Gonzalez COL 24 106
Alex Kuznetsov USA 26 120
Dominic Thiem AUT 20 149
Facundo Bagnis ARG 23 151
Marco Cecchinato ITA 21 162
Guilherme Clezar BRA 20 171
Radu Albot MDA 23 179
Pierre-Hugues Herbert FRA 22 186
Mohamed Safwat EGY 23 239
Filip Peliwo CAN 19 251
Valery Rudnev RUS 25 259
Theodoros Angelinos GRE 29 292
Mikhail Biryukov RUS 21 293
Bjorn Fratangelo USA 20 294
Alexander Rumyantsev RUS 21 295
Roman Jebavy CZE 23 297
Egar Gerasimov BLR 20 313
Emilio Gomez ECU 21 315

First of all, it’s really nice to see Alex Kuznetsov charting a career high again, after everything he’s been through.  If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, or if you’d just like a handy guide as to how one differentiates Alex Kuznetzov from Andrey Kuznetsov, you’re in luck: I wrote all the answers here.

Next of all, your Sibiu Challenger runner-up, Marco Cecchinato, upjumps 22 rungs on the rankings ladder to #162.  And I continue to insist he looks like an Italian version of Stanislas Wawrinka. You be the judge: yes or no?

Cecch A Rising Star

Cecch A Rising Star

Thirdly, in the excellent book The Geography of Blissauthor Eric Weiner contends that (SPOILER ALERT!!) Moldova is the world’s unhappiest country.  If that’s indeed the case, then maybe Moldovan Radu Albot’s continuous rise will offer some solace.  The former junior combined #11 is up 46 places to ATP #179 this week, courtesy of his Fergana Challenger title.

Not Just A Partial Bot -- Radu Is ALBOT

Not Just A Partial Bot — Radu Is ALBOT

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Which, if true, is pretty damn convenient, since I’m not feeling well and don’t feel like typing that many.  Anyway, behold the magnificent disaster that is the [Q] Ricardas Berankis vs. [7] Florian Mayer scoring history:

Notice all those red BP’s? Those are all converted break points – 13 in all!  Honestly, I think the whole match could have gone Ric(h)ard(as)’s way had he just been able to save that pivotal 22nd break point, haha. 

Anyway, so ends Berankis’ 9 match winning streak, which dated back to his Helsinki Challenger win at the end of last year.  What a wild ride vs. FloMax: down an early break, then breaks back in what becomes four consecutive breaks. Then down a set and break, wins 5 of next 6 games to take second set and then is up a break himself in the third before losing.  (I don’t know why I’m describing this all to you, when you can just refer to the damn picture – sheesh.)

Suffice it to say: them be two broken men.  But one of them much moreso. 

So that’s another young gun gone, the last of his ilk in the ‘bane.  And Thomas Schoorel lost brilliantly to some idiot trick shot artist from Switzerland.  Evs.  Which leaves David Goffin as the sole remaining Challenger challenger, challenging the main draw in Doha (having administered a comprehensive beating to Somdev Devvarman). Goffin will now try and lay into the “no time for a wife and kid, gotta focus on my tennis, so see ya!” stylings of third seeded Stan “The Running Man” Wawrinka. 

All of which was more than I ever intended to write.  Good night!

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