Wimbledon 2014: Wawrinka Steps Out of Federer's Shadow

Stanislas Wawrinka had said that Roger Federer was among the first to call in January this year after he thrashed a somewhat ailing Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

updated: June 25, 2014 13:49 IST
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Stanislas Wawrinka reaches for the ball during a match in Wimbledon 2014.

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Wimbledon, England: Once in a lifetime, everyone should have a Stan Wawrinka experience, the chance to step out of the shadow, take the baton from a world-renowned maestro and say, "Step aside, partner, let me show you how to lead this concerto."

To summarize the pinch-me fantasy Wawrinka still has not awakened from, even as he stirs uneasily, slumping of late: He turned Roger Federer, deified by many as the greatest artist in tennis history, into the second-ranked player in Switzerland.

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