In the Australian Open, Wawrinka reached the third round to be beaten by second seed Rafael Nadal, losing in Melbourne in straight sets.
He showed some impressive backhand skills, but was unable to deal with Nadal's heavy game.
1 player in the final on all three occasions, reaching the final of the 2017 French Open, winning an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Monte-Carlo Masters in 2014, and reaching three other finals at 2008 Rome, 2013 Madrid and 2017 Indian Wells.
He is sometimes considered as part of the newly established "Big Five", an expansion of the Big Four, which already consists of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
However, he continued his schooling by distance education with the French organization CNED, which offered him greater flexibility.