Aces and Faults recaps the week in tennis. Last week, Stanislas Wawrinka won his first ATP Masters 1000 title, a teenager won a WTA title and the Czech Republic and Germany advanced to the Fed Cup final.
Stanislas Wawrinka: A year ago, Wawrinka was ranked 17th with three career titles, all won at ATP 250 tournaments. Now, the 29-year-old Swiss is ranked No. 3, and has a Grand Slam title (Australian Open) and his first ATP Masters 1000 title after defeating Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Sunday in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters; he leads the tour with three titles this season. Wawrinka entered 2014 having lost 14 consecutive matches to Novak Djokovic, 12 straight to Rafael Nadal and 11 in a row to Federer. He’s snapped all three of those streaks on his way to a 6-0 record against top-10 players, results that have helped elevate Wawrinka to the No. 1 spot in the Race to London.