After his victory at the Australian Open, Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka has moved up to third in the world tennis ranking.
Defeated finalist Rafael Nadal remains the world’s top ranking player, with Novak Djokovic also unmoved in second. Wawrinka’s move up to third, and Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina’s move to fourth has meant Andy Murray has dropped to sixth, with Roger Federer eighth. Federer had defeated Murray in the quarter-finals in Melbourne. Spain’s David Ferrer is in fifth.
Wawrinka was ranked as low as 18 in the world in March, but his semi-final appearance at the 2013 US Open and victory in Melbourne not only saw him move into the top 5, but also become the Swiss number one for the first time. Wawrinka was quoted by the BBC:
“Some players realise that it is possible now to win a Grand Slam. Last year, the top 15 players were thinking the four major guys were still amazing players, but we had more chances to beat them.
“We didn’t in Grand Slams but we were close to them, so I think we all realised that it can be possible to do something big.
“I don’t know about the others but, for me, I have my Grand Slam trophy and no-one can take it away.”