The grades: Stan Wawrinka wins Roland Garros, A plus

Stanislas Wawrinka

A+ Stan Wawrinka

He owns a gigantic forehands, amazing one-handed backhand, he has improved his serves and he is very confidant, plus he truly believes that he can beat anyone when he is on. He sure was when he won his second Grand Slam, out-thinking and out-hitting Roger Federer, Jo Tsonga and Novak Djokovic in the final at Roland Garros. Mentally, he can go up and down, but game-wise if he’s on, the 30-year-old can grab even more majors. Who would have thunk it?

A- Novak Djokovic

As terrific as Djokovic is, he can be rattled, which is why in the final he wasn’t aggressive enough. He wept, which is too bad because he tries every time and he rarely loses. The No. 1 will have another chance next year to try and win RG for the first time, but on clay against the other top guys, he can’t stand way behind the baseline and just hope.

A- Andy Murray

Finally, Murray changed his approach to clay and he was much more confidence and lethal. He is not perfect on the dirt and still need to improve, but next year he might have a real shot at RG…if he figures out how to beat Djokovic.

A- Jo Tsonga

Yes, Tsonga could have re-thought his return of serves against Wawrinka, but overall he dominating his serves, forehands and the net. However he has to continue to improve his backhand if he will ever win a Slam.

B+ Jack Sock

All of a sudden, the young American looks like he can reach the top 20 for sure after reaching the fourth round at RG. His strokes and his serves are gigantic and he went toe-to-toe against Nadal for a little while. He still has a lot of work ahead.

B+ Thanasi Kokkinakis:

The 19-year-old Aussie reached the third round and served bombs in a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to Djokovic. Plus he beat Bernard Tomic in five sets. That’s pretty good for the kid.

B David Ferrer

OK the Spaniard should have been able to bring Murray to five sets, but the 33-year-old never gives up which is why he is still in the top 10 even though he has slowed.

B Marin Cilic

The Croatian disappeared after winning the 2014 US Open title, as he was hurt and barely played until last month. At least he made it to the fourth round at RG and while he looked pooped against Ferrer, during the first week he showed that he is coming to life.

B Jeremy Chardy

No one expected the Frenchman to reach the Round of 16, upsetting John Isner and David Goffin. At times, he can be super powerful and consistent.

B Borna Coric:

The 18-year-old Croatian is already powerful and strong even though he is still growing. Beating the veteran Tommy Robredo in five sets was huge.

B Nick Kyrgios:

The other teenager managed to make it to the third round and had he not been hurt, he might have been able to grab a set or two against Murray, but the older chap is too smart. We’ll see what happens next for the Australian.

B Steve Johnson:

He played well to reach the third round, which was good on clay, but he was unable to grab a set. But, then again, he lost to the eventual, so that was fine.

B-Kei Nishikori

OK ,the Japanese made it to the quarterfinal, which is OK, but was he strong enough to out-run against Tsonga in five sets? He is close to winning a Slam but not quite yet.

C+ John Isner

The tall American played pretty well on clay in Europe, but he was unable to knock down Chardy, which was surprising.

C+ Gael Monfils:

The Frenchmen won two fun five-setters early on, which was a blast, but after splitting sets against Federer the next day he looked sore and he was gone way too quickly.

C Rafael Nadal

For the most, the 14-time Grand Slam champion looked very good until he had to face Djokovic, who had beaten Novak six times prior in RG, but he was very short and he was not very accurate. Right now, he isn’t very confident.

C Roger Federer

The great Swiss is clearly declining at the majors, which is why he went down in three sets against Wawrinka, who he has owned him katekt. But at 33, Fed can still beat anyone outside of the top 10.

C Gilles Simon

He is beautiful to watch when he is on but he was crushed against Wawrinka, and I mean absolutely crushed.

C Tomas Berdych

Ranked No. 4 coming into the tournament, the Czech looked pretty good all over but he looked very frustrated on Chatrier against Jo. He really wasn’t there.

C- Richard Gasquet

It’s one thing to reach the round of 16 because he has been hurt much of this year, it’s another to go down against Djokovic 6-1 6-2 6-3.

D- Fernando Verdasco

The No. 32 lost to Benjamin Becker on clay when the German barely won a matches this year and never did well on clay? How?

D- Ernests Gulbis

He did manage to win the first round, but then Nicolas Mahut out served him and now he could be out of the top 50. Ouch

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