I translated an interview with Stan from the Swiss media
Stanislas Wawrinka: "You have to give the body some rest"
by Adrian Ruch
Stanislas Wawrinka is under huge pressure in Gstaad
Tomorrow starts the qualification for the Allianz Suisse Open. Stanislas Wawrinka is the figurehead of the tennistournament in Gstaad and the top seeded player. "It's great to have the crowd behind you", he says.
Stanislas Wawrinka is on the tournament poster of the Allianz Suisse Open in Gstaad. The 24 years old is the figurehead of the traditional event, which takes place for the first time in the end of july due to the change of the ATP calendar. One is looking in vain for the stars of the tennisscene in the players field of this tournament, nevertheless a title victory won't fall into the lap of the number 1 seeded Wawrina (ATP 18) as the power density in mens tennis is big. Russian Igor Andrejew, Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, Romanian title defender Victor Hanescu and the Germans Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nicolas Kiefer are able to blow the dream of Wawrinka winning in his own country.
You skipped the tournament in Stuttgart due to back problems and lost in the first round of Hamburg. How do you feel a few days before the Swiss Open?
Stanislas Wawrinka: I'm feeling fine. I played a very bad match in Hamburg. It was my first match on clay after the greass season and nothing worked. Such days can happen and you have to forget them immediately. I'm not worried and looking forward to play in Gstaad.
After the tournament in Wimbledon you took a break. Was it important for you to recharge the batteries after the nerve-stretching match against
It had nothing to do with that much. The season is long and takes a lot out of you. During the summer you also have several changes of the surfaces. Therefore you have to give the body a rest. That's why I made a one week vacation after the loss in Wimbledon.
You and Murray were the first ones who played a whole match under the new roof at the Championships. Do you have any positive memories from the match retrospectively?
It was indeed a great match, there have been many positive points regarding my level. But in the end I couldn't use my chances - and you can never be satisfied with a loss. Even when you play good it's not fun to lose. Therefore the disappointment is the one you remember.
The British crowd supported Murray frenetically. Can the crowd decide a tennis match?
In such a long match the crowd can indeed play an important part. It can encourage you, support you in critical situations, give you an adrenaline rush.
What do you expect from the crowd in Gstaad?
I don't have often the opportunity to perform in Switzerland. I always want to do my best at home. Therefore I hope that many people will come to Gstaad. It's great to have the crowd behind you.
You had Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Juan Martin Del Potro on the brink of a loss this season, but weren't able to beat them in the end. Which details do you have to improve in order to beat the topplayers?
Sometimes only little is missing for a success. I think one victory against one of the big guys could spark something off and give a season a different direction.
You are the figurehead of the Swiss Open, the crowd favourite and the #1. The expectations in you are immense. How are you dealing with this pressure?
The pressure is there, without a doubt. I'm playing in Switzerland, friends and family will be there and I expect a lot of myself. But I'm not allowed to throw myself off the course, I have to concentrate on the basic facts: to find my game on the court soon and to show a good performance.
The Swiss Open belongs to the 250 points series and isn't that deciding for the rankings for a player of your category.
I see this differently. You have to collect also on the smaller tournaments as many points as possible. Beside this each victory gives you selfconfidence. I can easily motivate myself for a tournament.
What do you appreciate the most of the tournament in Gstaad?
When the sun is shining you have a wonderful panorama. The hotels are superb, the village has a lot of charm. There is really no more beautiful place as Gstaad in order to host a tennis tournament.
Do you have problems with the altitude, which affects the conditions of the matches?
It's obvious that the ball is flying faster and bouncing higher. But that's not a problem for me; I can adjust to those conditions.
Your aim for this season was to get back into the top 10. Do you think you can still reach it?
It's surely difficult as I'm ranked number 18 at the moment. But I still have the aim. When everything works well I can manage to go into the top 10.
Dimitri Zavialoff is your coach since 15 years now. Have you never thought about getting new impulses if you would change your coach?
No, our collaboration works excellent. I have improved my game year by year and feel that I still make progresses. There's really no reason to change anything.
Could you describe your relationship a little bit more?
It's not all just about tennis. We know each other for such a long time that we share many memories and interests.
Last year you won Olympic Gold together with Roger Federer in Beijing. Did this success changed your life?
It was a terrific week in Beijing, we achieved something wonderful and incredible. For me personally it has been a very important moment, but it didn't changed my life.
Source of German article: http://bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/Sta...story/15348641