Wawrinka Wins First Doubles Title Since 2013 With Stricker On Home Soil In Gstaad

Wawrinka Wins First Doubles Title Since 2013 With Stricker On Home Soil In Gstaad

by Evita Mueller

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Stan Wawrinka hasn't won much in terms of doubles in his career, but he's added another trophy today by winning the 2023 Swiss Open with Dominic Stricker.

Wawrinka's biggest doubles success of his career was the gold medal he won with Roger Federer at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and that's one of his fondest memories. He talked about it often as it was the only medal he ever won at the Olympic Games.

He hasn't won a trophy in doubles since 2013, when he triumphed with Benoit Paire in Chennai. That event has been a longstanding staple in his career, as he's won it a couple of times in singles as well. When it comes to the doubles, Wawrinka played in 7 finals so far in his career, and this was the 3rd trophy he won.

He was playing with compatriot Dominic Stricker in Gstaad as they proved quite a formidable pairing. They played Middelkoop and Demoliner in the final and proved too strong for them. The opening set was a tiebreak that was won by the local boys 10-8.

The second set was even quicker as both played much better compared to the previous set, thanks to elevated confidence stemming from winning the opening set. It was just a super solid performance from the duo, as this was the 3rd doubles trophy of Wawrinka's career and the first in ten years after winning 7-6(8), 6-2.

The Swiss veteran was showing a pretty solid level this year though he wasn't really able to go deep in any events. The hope remains especially as the indoor season nears as Wawrinka proved quite strong in those conditions last year.

Next up is the Croatian Open in Umag for him as he is set to travel to Canada after that for the Canadian Open which begins on August 7th.


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