Stanislas Wawrinka got to achieve quite a lot in 2014

The first Slam title of his career would be the highlight surely, but, there are a couple of other big things too which he did during the year.

First of all, the Davis Cup victory that he tasted. There can nothing be more satisfactory for a sportsperson than to be able to win a trophy for his country.

Wawrinka was in the Swiss national team that beat France in the final tie of the Davis Cup to win it for the first time ever.

It was a joyous day for the tennis lovers in Switzerland as they celebrated the historical achievement of the team in a grand way and of course for Wawrinka too, it would have been a very emotional moment to lift that trophy.

Also, there came a period last year when Wawrinka was the top ranked player of his country. He was ahead of the best tennis player of all time, Roger Federer, in the official world rankings.

He could not remain ahead for long though as within a few weeks, Federer overtook him again.

But, for Wawrinka to surpass Federer in the rankings, for whatever time, it was a big thing, something that he would always look back to with extreme pride.

Wawrinka is presently two positions behind Federer. He is holding the 4th position and despite being the reigning champion, there are not too many people who would be ready to put their money on him during the Australian Open, but, the 29-year old might shock the tennis world again by defending his crown successfully at the Melbourne Park.

Wawrinka thrives on hard courts. He feels at ease at such surfaces and thus, one cannot count him out of the reckoning. He has got to be in the frame. He can do it again.