Wawrinka suffered early-round losses in 2018 and ’19, but in between all those defeats at the tournament was a two-year stretch where everything fell perfectly into place.
After starting 2016 with victories in two of his first four tournaments of the year on hard courts, the Swiss hit a rough patch at the Masters events in Indian Wells, Calif., and Miami with losses before the quarterfinals in both. Playing the three Masters tournaments on clay, Wawrinka compiled a 3-4 record between them as his run of poor form continued.
Returning to Geneva right before the start of his title defense at the French Open, the top seed won his first two matches comfortably to reach the semifinals for the first time. He was pushed to three sets in the penultimate round before winning through to the final. In the championship match, he faced Marin Cilic, the third seed whom he had a commanding 9-2 lead against. Wawrinka stretched that to 10 wins with a straight-sets victory to clinch his third title of the year.
He's 10-3 in Geneva, having won two titles in five career appearances. The only other title he's won more than once is Chennai, where he has three trophies.