ROTTERDAM, Netherlands: Stan Wa-wrinka filled in a last gap in his career trophy collection on Sunday (Monday in Manila), beating holder Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to claim his first indoor title in the Rotterdam World Tennis event.
The 29-year-old can now boast a matched set of honors—250 (six of them) and 500 series ATP titles, the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 from last spring, his 2014 Australian Open crown, a 2008 Beijing Olympic doubles gold medal with Roger Federer plus Switzerland’s first Davis Cup title won last November over France.
“I’m very happy in winning my first 500 title, especially indoors. It’s always amazing to win trophies, it’s the best feeling,” said Wawrinka.
“It’s been an amazing week, I improved in every match, It was a great final. Tomas played well, I’m happy I was able to find a solution to turn the match for me and win the title.
“My game was really there today, I put pressure on him at the end. I’m really happy with how I played.”
Number eight Wawrinka is hopeful that with smart scheduling and diligence, he can keep on creating more personal history on court.
“I’ve started the season really well [a third Chennai trophy plus a Melbourne semi-final]. The important thing for this year is to focus on the day-by day. I need to keep working and try to improve.
“When I do that, I know the results will come. Hopefully I can play well all the year, not have any big ups and downs.”