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22

Oct

2013

Wawrinka: Dark day for the man in black

All bets are off: as he sat there in the St. Jakobshalle, Stansilas Wawrinka probably felt like a man in a casino. He buried his head in his towel in disappointment after failing to get out of first gear against Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who beat the Swiss in two sets. A setback, but not the end of the world. The man from the Waadtland region failed to improve his position in the thrilling Race to London. In fact, he dropped to 8th place in the rankings and was overtaken by Federer, who made a winning start to the tournament. Whether Wawrinka's position in the rankings will be dealt a minor or a heavy blow will depend on the results achieved by his rivals in Basel and Valencia. Roger-Vasselin's victory over Wawrinka was only the second time that the Frenchman had managed to beat a man in the top ten. From now on Wawrinka will just have to accept that, because he is a star, his competitors will be trying mercilessly to hunt him down. The headline chosen by sports news agency "Sportinformation Genf" was rather fitting: "Thunderbolt for Wawrinka in Basel."
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