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Pick of the Day: Stan is the Man for a Final

Stan Wawrinka knows a thing or two about winning big games.

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The world number three has been victorious in his last 11 finals, the most recent of which was his four-set victory over Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

While Wawrinka has cemented his place as a formidable force at majors, his attitude in the smaller tournaments had been questioned.

He has however shown great desire this week in St. Petersburg, seeing off Lukas Rosol, Victor Troicki and Roberto Bautista-Agut on his way to another title match.

Standing between Wawrinka and a 16th career title is young German, Alexander Zverev, who at 19, is already lodged inside the world’s top 30.

Zverev is yet win a tour title, but he has contested two finals this year, and an already impressive CV boasts a win over the great Roger Federer in Halle.

The big-serving German will therefore not be fazed by the prospect of taking on Wawrinka.

He has already dumped out a top-ten player this week, beating Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals, and belief will not be a problem when he steps on to the court later on Sunday.

This 19-year-old has got serious weapons, but so too has Stan Wawrinka.

Stan The Man however has the added advantage of knowing just how to forge those weapons into trophies, a trade Zverev will one day eventually master.

But not today in St. Petersburg.

Stan has got a streak to protect.

 

 

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