Stanislas Wawrinka helped Switzerland take a giant step towards a place in the World Group of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas next year, beating Andrew Murray 63 76 64 to give his team a 2-0 lead over Great Britain in Geneva.
Earlier in the day, Roger Federer had got the Swiss off to a flying start, taking just an hour and 15 minutes to whip past little-known Briton Alan Mackin 60 60 62 in Friday’s opening rubber.
Murray is scheduled to join up with Greg Rusedski against Federer and Yves Allegro in Saturday’s doubles in the hope of avoiding a whitewash. If the British can earn a point from the doubles, Murray has the unenviable task of playing Federer in the first of Sunday’s first reverse singles and, if the tie is still alive, Rusedski will then be brought in to play Wawrinka in what would be the deciding rubber.
Wawrinka’s victory over Murray marked the 20-year-old’s first victory in Davis Cup play yet he put in an assured, confident performance against Murray. The Swiss, who is ranked 60 in the world – 50 places above his 18-year-old opponent – played composed, aggressive tennis to earn his win, coming from 1-4 down in the second set tiebreaker and from 0-2 down in the third set to dispatch the precocious Briton in straight sets.
“I was nervous before the match but once I got on the court I was fine,” said Wawrinka. “I stayed focused and consistent throughout the match and that was the key.”
After Wawrinka deservedly won the first set, capitalizing on a 5-1 lead, Murray battled through to a tiebreaker in the second set and looked odds on to level the match before Wawrinka retrieved two mini-breaks to win it 7-5 in what turned out to be the crux of the match. Murray, who was playing his first singles Davis Cup match, was furious with himself as he stalked back to his chair at two sets down and angrily bounced his racket into the clay, sensing, perhaps, that his chance had gone.
“I didn’t start off great but from 1-5 down I thought I played pretty well and I had some chances in the second and third sets,” said Murray. “I just didn’t play well enough today and he played very well."
Great Britain’s team captain Jeremy Bates must now try to lift his squad’s spirits after a depressing afternoon for the British players and supporters. Great Britain has only come from 0-2 down once before, when it overhauled Germany in April 1930 and has never beaten Switzerland in the competition.
“It’s disappointing to be 2-0 down but the second match was very tight,” said Bates. “Wawrinka played fantastically well on the big points and Andy played some really good tennis. I’ve said all along that to win this tie we’ve got to win the two matches against Wawrinka but that’s amazingly difficult to do when the guy plays as well as that.”
His decision to play Mackin over Rusedski in Friday’s the first singles match of the tie always going to put the 24-year-old Scot in a vulnerable position. He is ranked 262 to Federer’s No.1 and lost his only previous Davis Cup match to Mark Philippoussis of Australia in January 2003. Federer, in contrast, has now won 14 of his last 15 Davis Cup matches, with all 14 victories coming in straight sets.
He hasn’t been beaten in Davis Cup play since Lleyton Hewitt came from two sets down to beat him in the Switzerland versus Australia semi-final in September 2003. Across all competitions, Federer, the reigning Wimbledon and US Open champion, has lost only three times this year. Mackin, who took 54 minutes to win a game, never appeared equipped to force another defeat.
About Stan's withdraw in Madrid, he said today in a newspaper that he had tu pull out of Madrid coz a week before, when he was training in Lausanne, he fell on the ground and the next day, when he woke up, his arm and back were blocked... Now he says it is ok at 90%
11-08-2005, 04:13 PM
Just to say some words about an interview this morning for a local radio.
I just summar the tennis part (the interview was about one hour).
Stan explained that he was happy about his season (won about 110 rankings), but a little frustrated with the end of the season... His highlights were of course Gstaad and Davis Cup against Great Britain. He also liked his match against Roger in Rotterdam.
He has no real target for next year, always try to improve his tennis... Entering the top 20 would be a dream for him, but not a target for next year.
He also said that he has no scoop about Roger's taking part of DC, still waiting for Roger and hopping that he'll play.
11-09-2005, 01:04 PM
Thanks for this JMP :yeah:
12-19-2005, 10:50 AM
A little Davis Cup, a liitle Stan article..
Indoor clay for Cup
SWITZERLAND has pulled a stunning first-round Davis Cup tie switch, pandering to novice Stanislas Wawrinka's strengths rather than world No. 1 Roger Federer's.
The Swiss have decided to play the February 10-12 match on indoor clay in Geneva instead of carpet or indoor hardcourt, surfaces Federer has used to dominate all-comers. Wawrinka, 20, is regarded as a rising star on the Swiss horizon after this season reaching 53 in the world and accumulating a string of wins over celebrated opponents.
Revealingly, most of Wawrinka's best performances came on clay with victories over Tomas Berdych, Nicolas Massu and James Blake.
Federer has yet to win the French Open.
If Wawrinka can reproduce his best form, Switzerland will start favourite for the clash with John Fitzgerald's Australians.
12-21-2005, 04:44 AM
Thanks SP for the news! :wavey: It will be good for Stan to play on clay for his country. And this is a good decision, coz Roger can play well on all kinds of courts. Playing on clay definitely add more edge for Stan to beat the Aussies. Good luck to Swiss！:bounce:
01-31-2006, 05:35 PM
His win over Ferrer is the headline news of the ATP site now.. :)
January 31, 2006
Second Seed Ferrer Given Early Exit in Zagreb
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka proved too much for Spaniard David Ferrer as first round action continued Tuesday at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors. The youngster took down the No. 2 seed 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 as he continued his strong start to the 2006 season.
The 20-year-old, currently No. 49 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, advanced to the Auckland semifinals prior to the Australian Open, defeating Tomas Zib, Alberto Martin and Florian Mayer before falling to Croat Mario Ancic.
With the win, the Swiss No. 2 evened his career record against Ferrer to 1-1. The Spaniard won their only other meeting in Bucharest two years ago.
Ferrer had made his way into the Top 10 of the INDESIT ATP Rankings for the first time in his career following his fourth round appearance in Melbourne last week. Since last year's Australian Open, he has risen 43 spots on the heels of consistently-strong performances at ATP Masters Series events and a quarterfinal appearance at Roland Garros.
Wawrinka's second-round opponent will be 29-year-old Austrian qualifier Stefan Koubek, who turned in a 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3 win over Czech Ivo Minar.
The two other qualifiers in first-round action early Tuesday did not fare similarly well. Czech Tomas Cakl fell to fourth-seeded compatriot Radek Stepanek while Israeli Noam Okun was defeated by top-form Italian Andreas Seppi.
Stepanek, the only player in the Top 25 still looking for his first career ATP title, next faces 18-year-old Novak Djokovic.
Recent Adelaide quarterfinalist and Sydney semifinalist Seppi will meet top junior Marin Cilic, a Zagreb native, who earned his first ATP win on Monday.
02-02-2006, 10:13 PM
I have just read in the teletext of one of the Swiss channels that Stan has injured his right shoulder in his vs Koubek match, and withdrew from his doubles competition in Zagreb... I hope his shoulder will be all right before the DC tie...
02-03-2006, 12:51 AM
Thanks Steven :sad: hope it's not serious...
02-03-2006, 11:07 AM
Thanks Steven :sad: hope it's not serious...
good news in this bad news is that his injury seems not to be a big one.. Just slightly injured, I think...
02-04-2006, 10:58 AM
It's confirmed that his shoulder pain is nothing serious, he'll practise back on Monday to prepare the DC tie...
02-11-2006, 02:55 AM
Wawrinka draws Switzerland level
Switzerland and Australia are level at 1-1 after the opening day of their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round tie on Friday.
Peter Luczak put Australia ahead with a 16 63 60 63 win over Michael Lammer before Stanislas Wawrinka, roared on by home fans waving flags, banging drums, blowing horns and clanging bells, hit back to defeat Chris Guccione 75 36 64 76.
World No. 51 Wawrinka, the highest-ranked player in the tie, battled for nearly three hours with fellow 20-year-old Guccione before snatching the fourth-set tiebreak 8-6.
Earlier, a small but boisterous contingent of Australian spectators cheered Luczak to victory.
Luczak, ranked 116th, recovered from a shaky first set on the indoor clay to overpower the 210th-ranked Lammer with fierce shots from the back of the court.
The 26-year-old Australian, who also beat Lammer in their last meeting, said it took him time to relax.
“I was a bit nervous to start,” Luczak told reporters.
Australia have defeated Switzerland in each of their three previous Davis Cup encounters but the two teams are missing their top players this time.
Federer is taking a break after his Australian Open title triumph while world number 11 Lleyton Hewitt is resting a sore ankle.
One confident Australian fan dressed in green and yellow held up a sign which read: “No Lleyton, No Worries”.
Play continues on Saturday with a doubles match between Australians Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley and Switzerland’s George Bastl and Yves Allegro.
02-25-2006, 02:01 PM
Oh yeh, Stan's first round opponent in Dubai is,,,,, Roger.... Good luck to both!
02-25-2006, 03:13 PM
My heart is torn in two actually, good luck to both !
02-25-2006, 03:18 PM
What a pitty that they have to play each other in the first round!!
02-27-2006, 03:07 AM
Good luck against Roger, Stanislas!
03-08-2006, 08:03 PM
Good luck Stan at IW against Rusedski :bounce:
05-29-2006, 01:18 AM
Today in l'Equipe :
« DIS STANISLAS, t’es plutôt…
– Footing ou vélo ?
– Avant footing, maintenant vélo parce que c’est plus tranquille.
– Ivanovic ou Sharapova ?
– Ivanovic. Sharapova, elle a tendance à se la péter.
– Vin rouge ou soda ?
– Federer ou Nadal ?
– Real ou Barça ?
– Real mais plutôt l’ancienne période quand il y avait Figo.
– Foot ou rugby ?
– Foot. Le rugby, je ne connais même pas les règles. J’y pompe rien.
– Henin ou Clijsters ?
– Clijsters. Elle est vachement rigolote.
– Federer ou Sampras ?
– Federer. Il me fait plus rêver.
– Coupe Davis ou Grand Chelem ?
– Grand Chelem, direct !
– Pierce ou Mauresmo ?
– Mauresmo, elle joue mieux.
– Alias ou 24 Heures chrono ?
– 24 Heures, je suis à fond dedans !
– Rangement ou désordre ?
– Avant c’était le bordel. Depuis que j’ai emménagé avec Ilham, ma copine, c’est nickel.
– Coup droit ou revers ?
– Revers long de ligne.
– Rock ou variété ?
– Rock. En ce moment, j’écoute beaucoup Coldplay.
– Gasquet ou Monfils ?
– Ah, j’aime les deux. Monfils, c’est plus show mais Gasquet il la sent mieux. Malgré ce qu’ils racontent, je les écrase tous les deux à la console. Ils sont nuls. » – F. Be.
05-29-2006, 10:38 AM
Merci Vialator ;)
07-30-2006, 01:36 AM
an article about Stan! :eek:
found in GM.
Wawrinka beats Volandri to move into Umag final
Stanislas Wawrinka fought his way into the final of the Studena Croatia Open with a 7-5 2-6 6-4 win over number 8 seed Fillippo Volandri in a topsy-turvy match.
Wawrinka took the opening set with a break of the volandri serve at 5-6, nailing a glorious backhand down the line for a clean winner.
The Swiss number 2 made life much easier for his Spanish opponent in the second set, gifting two breaks of serve with some woeful errors as his timing lost its precision unlike a typical Swiss watch.
He re-discovered it in good time in the deciding set, racing to a 4-1 lead with his sublime backhand ripping winners to Volandri’s dismay.
When Wawrinka missed two opportunities to get a second break and go 5-1 ahead, the Spaniard’s resolve bolstered with a little help from his fans, and he broke the Swiss in the next game to bring it back on serve.
Wawrinka was not dettered however, and continued to go for his backhand whenever the opportunity presented itself. He broke again with his trademark backhand down the line to go 5-3 ahead.
A loose error-ridden game ensued from the Swiss as he attempted to serve out the match and he dropped his serve to love.
Volandri served to bring the score to parity but found himself match point down after netting an attempted backhand pass. Wawrinka took the match when Volandri under pressure netted his forehand.
“It was not easy, but I just kept fighting on every point and I won the match”, said Wawrinka.
The Swiss star admits that he has been working hard with his coach to prevent the mental lapses that have blighted his game in the past.
“I work a lot with my coach on every aspect of my game, especially on my mental game which is very important so that I fight on every point one hundred percent, not giving away cheap points.”
He looks forward to playing Carlos Moya rather than Novak Djokovic because; “Moya is a former world number 1 and it’s nice to play an ex-number 1” and “I’ve played Djokovic twice and lost both times.”
By Andre Jones
07-30-2006, 10:37 PM
Wawrinka wins his first title in Umag
Stanislas Wawrinka won his first ATP title here in Umag when Novak Djokovic was forced to retire with respiratory problems leading 3-1 in the first set tiebreak.
It was a sad way to see a match end, particularly in a final with so much at stake. Djokovic who also won his first title in Amersfoort last week was aiming to be just the third man after Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal this year to win back to back titles, but it was not to be.
Wawrinka started nervously dropping his serve as the Serbian number 1 struck a forehand crosscourt winner on his fourth break point.
The Swiss number 2 broke back to level at 3-3 with a backhand winner down the line that has punctuated his performances all week.
Djokovic broke again with a forehand winner down the line, but Wawrinka stayed in touch with an immediate re-break when Djokovic netted an attempted drop shot.
When Wawrinka held for 5-4, Djokovic took a medical time-out at the changeover for a stomach muscle complaint. The treatment did the trick as he held onto his serve to love.
Having saved five set points when serving at 5-6, Djokovic reached 3-1 in the tiebreak when he collapsed after hitting a backhand winner, and had to be escorted to his chair. After an examination by the tournament doctor, a tearful Djokovic was forced to retire because of respiratory problems.
In addition to 175 ranking points which should elevate his ranking into the top 50 once again, Wawrinka was presented with a handsome cheque for $54,000 and the champion’s trophy.
After the presentation ceremony, there followed an impressive firework display worthy of a new year’s celebration.
Djokovic spoke of the medical time-out he took at 4-5:
"It was for my breathing problems; I had to give up in the tiebreak because of this problem, It's unfortunate that it finished this way even though I didn't want it to. It's the third match this year where it had finished like this with me giving up. Usually anyone that gets to the final fights to the end which is why I'm a bit disappointed, but on the other hand it was a wise decision to retire because I don't want to risk this season and the future of my career. It was more serious than it looked; I was feeling very dizzy for a couple of minutes. The doctor told me that I shouldn't play and I accepted his advice."
Djokovic admitted that he is not currently on medication for the respiratory complaint:
"I will speak to my doctor and ask him what should I do and what should I take, but the main thing to do right now is to rest. I've had two very difficult and exhausting weeks; two ATP finals in a row on this surface is a big success for me."
Wawrinka who received a message of congratulations from compatriot Roger Federer was delighted to have finally won his first title although feeling sorry for Djokovic's plight.
"I am very happy to win my first title, but I did not want to win it this way", he said.
By Andre Jones
08-03-2006, 09:35 PM
Will Stan be playing Toronto? Hope so!
08-08-2006, 11:44 AM
He was in the entry list of Toronto, but seems he isn't there. He wasn't even in the qualifying draw... :confused:
05-24-2008, 06:30 PM
All eyes on Wawrinka as French Open nears
swissinfo, Jonathan Hirsch
"Stan", Switzerland's other tennis player, will be courting success at the French Open starting Sunday (EQ Images)
First-rate results from the start of the year have projected Stanislas Wawrinka to the tenth men's world ranking in tennis.
It's a feat only ever achieved by three other Swiss: Jakob Hlasek, Marc Rosset and, of course, Roger Federer. On Sunday Wawrinka enters his first tournament as world number ten.
If Federer had not been fixed at the top of world tennis for the past four years, Wawrinka would have been the one making headlines.
"I hope that the Swiss are aware that this is something exceptional," commented the resident of French-speaking canton Vaud, who has been ranked in the top ten for just under a fortnight.
"Since Federer has won practically everything in recent years, it all appeared too easy."
After Spain, (Nadal, Ferrer) and the United States (Roddick, Blake), Switzerland (Federer, Wawrinka) is now the third country to boast two members in the top ten.
It is a real first on the men's circuit since the introduction of the ATP ranking 35 years ago.
Hingis and Schnyder
Spring of 2008 belonged to the 23 year old. And the French Open, which starts on Sunday, is looking good for "Stan" who could quite possibly enter the second round of the Grand Slam as number nine, after the forfeit of the American Andy Roddick.
Swiss men are hitting just as hard as women did in 2006, when Martina Hingis and Patty Schnyder both made it into the top ten.
Since the start of the year, Wawrinka has already done battle in two finals on the ATP circuit - in Doha in January and in the Masters series in Rome in mid-May, where only Novak Djokovic (world number three and best player on the planet in 2008) put an end to his rise.
In the run up, Wawrinka had taken on Marat Safin, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Andy Roddick, three former world number ones.
A childhood dream
"I still find it hard to believe. My childhood dream has come true," he admitted.
"When I open my eyes, I see that all those hours of training have finally paid off."
Ranked 36th in January and 24th at the start of May, Wawrinka has moved into fifth gear.
"I have become a much more complete player. At all levels, be they psychological, physical or technical," he explained.
He confirmed as much in his semi-final in Barcelona and his quarter final in the Masters series in Indian Wells, proving that he could win repeatedly against the best.
But Wawrinka is keeping his wits about him, conscious that everything could quickly fall apart. The memory of a serious knee injury in the spring of 2007 is still fresh.
He remained on the ball after a number of weeks before suffering mortifying defeats in August, later recovering his natural rhythm.
"I have really had to weather periods of doubt, but I would say today that it has made me stronger," he said.
He says his next goals are to continue his rise, without setting too definite goals for the moment apart from doing well at Roland Garros.
"I feel under more pressure with this new status," he confided. Having said that, Roland Garros, on his preferred surface, is his favourite tournament.
The rise of Wawrinka should logically have repercussions for Swiss tennis, with the probable return of Federer in the Davis Cup, starting from the first tour in 2009.
The world number one has always said that he intends to make a serious return, to have a real chance of taking home the silver trophy. That day appears to have arrived.
Born in Lausanne on March 23, 1985, Wawrinka is 1.83m tall and weighs 78kg.
He made his professional debut in 2003, did battle for the time in the Davis Cup in 2004 and took home his first tournament title in 2006.
After a knee injury in February 2007, he returned and reached two finals during tournaments in Stuttgart and Venice. Since the start of the 2008 he has continued making progress, winning two finals, and figures today among the ten best players in the world.
SWISS IN THE TOP TEN
Stanislas Wawrinka is the fourth Swiss in history to be projected into the top ten.
Jakob Hlasek (at the age of 23) was the first to enter on November 21, 1988 (ranked 8th). He remained for less than a year, until October 9, 1989, peaking at 7th for one week.
Marc Rosset of Geneva followed on July 9, 1995 (ranked 10th). The 24 year old only stayed in the top ten for three months, reaching 9th position on September 11, 1995 .
Roger Federer entered the top ten for the first time on May 20, 2002 at 8th place. He stayed ther for several weeks before exiting. He returned definitively to the top ten on October 14, 2002, where he has remained ever since.
As for Stan's recent success, I am not the kind of fan that would need proof of his credentials.
05-30-2008, 09:27 PM
Getting to know… Stanislas Wawrinka
Friday, May 30, 2008
By Benjamin Adler
Content to live in the shadow of Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka is finally being rewarded for his patience. Now No10 in the world, Stan finds himself in the third round of Roland Garros. The best is yet to come…
The Wawrinka’s are a discreet clan, both in victory and in defeat. Their family home lies deep in the countryside in the Vaud region, and it is in this idyll that Stan grew up. “He has the grounding influence of the Vaud region in him. He does things at his own pace, with a lot of good sense. His progression has been slow, but relentless,” explains Christian Despont, a journalist from Swiss newspaper “Le Temps”.
Roland Garros, first revelation
The grandson of Czech immigrants, Wawrinka made his first tentative racquet strokes at the age of eight, and since then has always done things his way, bit by bit, staying true to himself. His coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, a family friend, has been there since the very beginning. After his first serious injury (torn ligaments) just before a Davis Cup match in February 2007, those around him started to ask questions. Should the prodigal son who, the year before comparing himself to his friend Federer, described himself as “the Swiss loser”, get a new coach? Did he need a new perspective? Not a chance – Stan sticks to what he knows.
And it has paid off. The epitome of patience, humility and hard work, he is now enjoying the fruits of his dedication. Since reaching the final of the Masters Series in Rome, he has moved into the top ten, without the help of the Swiss Federation, and is gradually emerging from Federer’s shadow. “In Switzerland nobody except the real specialists even saw him coming. He only was only noticed when he won the Juniors at Roland Garros in 2003,” according to a Swiss colleague.
"The natural way to go"
A professional since 2002, Wawrinka had been whipping up a storm on the Satellite circuit since he was 15. “It was the natural way to go,” he says in hindsight. That same year, the teenager left the school he had been at for all his academic life, the Rudolf Steiner College.
“Stan the Man” spent his winters in Spain honing his game. In 2004 he competed in his first Challenger tournament. The following year, again at Roland Garros but this time in the main draw, he reached the third round.
A relationship in the spotlight
“He doesn’t speak German and as there’s Roger, the Swiss German media aren’t all that interested in him. He’s a lot more popular with the French-speaking media but still not as much as his ranking deserves,” says one journalist whose speciality is “Wawrinkiness”. His relationship with a famous Swiss-German speaking lady is helping to move him into the spotlight, but Stan is not interested in that. He enjoys the material perks of his job, but has no time for the glitz and glamour.
Finalist in Doha at the beginning of the season, Wawrinka reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2007. His rise in the rankings can be attributed to a team which has been devoted to him since 2003, a team which includes Pierre Paganini, Federer’s physical trainer, which explains all those trips to Dubai alongside the world No1.
Texts from Rodge
Painfully shy, Stan is not the type of person to boast about his relationship with the Swiss superstar. “I think we’re friends,” he says admitting that “Rodge” texts him before important matches and gives him help and advice when asked.
More than happy to live in Federer’s shadow, Stan needed to chase away his tennis and mental demons before he was finally able to move up to the next level. “If I win matches now, it’s because I’ve accepted that I need to fight with what I have when things aren’t going well,” he says. I’ve accepted that I need to change so that I won’t end up being frustrated.”
“He still lacks confidence in himself, particularly when he’s on the verge of creating an upset. But that might change with his new status. He might become more aware of his ability,” confides a close friend. In the meantime, others already see him differently. “Since I’ve become a top ten player, I feel that my opponents are more nervous against me and treat me with more respect. Then there are some that are more relaxed when they play me because they haven’t much got to lose,” confirms Wawrinka, who is no longer the Swiss player who loses.
You know I'm very proud of Stan's achievements in the last few months. He really has managed to develop his talents well. Glad he is in the top 10 now too. I'm sure Roger is pleased with his progress up the rankings also.
06-24-2008, 11:41 PM
According to Swiss media Stan is playing together with Roger in the doubles at the Olympic Games because Swiss tennis sees more chances in this team as with Federer/Allegro.
06-25-2008, 04:04 AM
Thanks Eden!! :D That's really good news for me, coz I will go to watch the Olympics, and I am very looking forward to see his doubles match with Roger, that's a real appealing pair!! :bounce:
06-25-2008, 11:28 AM
According to Swiss media Stan is playing together with Roger in the doubles at the Olympic Games because Swiss tennis sees more chances in this team as with Federer/Allegro.
Great news!! :D Thanks for the info.
Do well guys :rocker2:
Thanks Eden!! :D That's really good news for me, coz I will go to watch the Olympics, and I am very looking forward to see his doubles match with Roger, that's a real appealing pair!! :bounce:
Wow.. I'm so jealou of you! Have fun anyways, and if you can, report to us ;)
06-25-2008, 03:19 PM
Wow.. I'm so jealou of you! Have fun anyways, and if you can, report to us ;)Thanks! I will for sure! :p I hope I can watch his training as well, but not sure if the training will be open to the public in Olympics.
06-25-2008, 07:46 PM
Thanks! I will for sure! :p I hope I can watch his training as well, but not sure if the training will be open to the public in Olympics.
Ask most casual tennis fans to name two Swiss men’s tennis players and the likelihood is that they will not get further than Roger Federer. Even in Switzerland, people tend to cite past masters Mark Rosset and Jakob Hlasek more easily that the unheralded 23-year-old who has quietly worked his way into the top 10.
Things were looking bleak for Stanislas Wawrinka 16 months ago when, mere hours before Switzerland’s Davis Cup tie at home to Spain, he trod awkwardly on the net fixture beneath the indoor carpet surface and ruptured the interior cruciate ligament in his knee. At the time, he was 36th in the ATP rankings, a drop of six places from the year before after a season in which he lost more matches than he won (21-24). In hindsight, Wawrinka sees the injury as the defining moment in his career.
“It was my first serious injury and the time I spent recovering really had an effect on me,” said the big serving baseliner from Lausanne. “Afterwards I wanted to train more and work harder and to be more targeted in the way I work. I was already playing well at the end of last year  but the results only started improving in 2008.”
And what an improvement it was. Wawrinka made the final at Doha in the first week of January (falling to Andy Murray) and then reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells in March, the semis in Barcelona in April and the final at Rome in May, getting his revenge over Murray before falling to Djokovic at the last hurdle. Having spent four months on the sidelines in early 2007 and then losing 11 of his first 14 matches after making his comeback, he hardly has any points to defend this year and has consequently shot up to No. 9 in the world.
He has yet to drop a set here at Wimbledon in victories over Marcos Daniel, Juan Martin Del Porto and Mischa Zrerev, and with a forthcoming Olympic appearance in the singles and doubles – the latter alongside Federer, who chose him over his usual playing partner Yves Allegro – he will surely not be able to fly under the radar for much longer. “I’m living out my passion and am lucky enough to travel the world for my job. I’ve got no complaints. And while it’s great for Switzerland that we now have two representatives in the top 10, Roger Federer will still carry on getting more attention.”
In that case, Stan the Man can happily climb another seven places in the ATP rankings. As long as he stays Swiss No. 2, he can quietly go about his business…
Roger will be in Basel tomorrow and there will be a reception on the market place. Stan will also be there and both will get a commendation for their Gold medal in the doubles in Beijing :)
09-10-2008, 05:41 PM
And, if you want to watch something from that reception live, this site says it will give a live streaming at 5.30 PM local Swiss time. http://www.20min.ch/sport/tennis/story/14131965
09-10-2008, 09:49 PM
And, if you want to watch something from that reception live, this site says it will give a live streaming at 5.30 PM local Swiss time. http://www.20min.ch/sport/tennis/story/14131965
oh, thanks so much for this :D! Hopefully I can catch this tomorrow... :D
10-04-2008, 11:20 AM
I translated a short interview with Stan before the Vienna tournament:
Vienna is one of the best indoor tournaments
He is number nine of the world and Olympic champion, but he stands in his home country, Switzerland, in the shadow of Roger Federer. At the Bank Austria-tennis tournament in Vienna Stanislas Wawrinka (23) leads next week the strong field.
OÖN: You return to Vienna as last year’s finalist. Does this mean that you want to get the title this year?
Wawrinka: It is difficult, yet one step to make. But I'm confident. In the previous year I had a good tournament and lost the final against Novak Djokovic (4:6, 1:6; editor’s note). The important thing was that I got much self-confidence. I later reached the finals in Rome and Doha.
OÖN: With you and Roger Federer two Swiss are amongst the top 10 of the world. Does it bother you that you stand in the shadow of Federer?
Wawrinka: No, not at all. For me, Roger is the best player in the world, we understand us well and practice a lot together. I hope that we can win the Davis Cup together one day.
OÖN: You have both already became Olympic medalists in doubles.
Wawrinka: That was the best feeling I ever had. A dream come true.
OÖN: How do you assess the duel between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?
Wawrinka: Roger surely lost self-confidence in between times, but he came back at the U.S. Open. About Nadal I can say that he always gets stronger.
OÖN: Where is your road leading you to?
Wawrinka: I can still improve on all surfaces. I am sure that I can move forward in the ranking. But where exactly it will end, I do not know.
OÖN: Why gave you the Vienna tournament preference when the tournaments in Asia lure with much more money?
Wawrinka: Money is not the most important thing. I'm about to play there, where I feel well. I like the city of Vienna and it is one of the best indoor tournaments. Moreover, I lastly traveled enough. I was in China, then in New York. Now to fly back to Asia would be exhausting.
„Wien ist eines der besten Hallenturniere“
Er ist die Nummer neun der Welt und Olympiasieger, trotzdem steht er in seinem Heimatland, der Schweiz, im Schatten von Roger Federer. Beim Bank-Austria-Tennisturnier in Wien führt Stanislas Wawrinka (23) kommende Woche das starke Feld an.
OÖN: Sie kehren als Vorjahresfinalist nach Wien zurück. Heißt das, dass heuer der Titel her muss?
Wawrinka: Es wird schwer, noch einen Schritt zu machen. Aber ich bin zuversichtlich. Im Vorjahr habe ich hier ein gutes Turnier gespielt und erst das Endspiel gegen Novak Djokovic (4:6, 1:6; Anm.) verloren. Wichtig war, dass ich viel Selbstvertrauen gewonnen habe. Ich erreichte später das Finale in Rom und in Doha.
OÖN: Mit Ihnen und Roger Federer sind zwei Schweizer unter den Top 10 der Welt. Stört es Sie, dass Sie im Schatten von Federer stehen?
Wawrinka: Nein, gar nicht, für mich ist Roger der beste Spieler der Welt, wir verstehen uns gut und trainieren viel gemeinsam. Ich hoffe, dass wir gemeinsam einmal den Daviscup gewinnen können.
OÖN: Olympiasieger im Doppel sind Sie beide ja schon geworden.
Wawrinka: Das war das beste Gefühl, das ich je hatte. Ein Traum wurde wahr.
OÖN: Wie beurteilen Sie das Duell Roger Federer gegen Rafael Nadal?
Wawrinka: Roger hat zwischendurch sicher Selbstvertrauen verloren. Aber er ist bei den US Open zurückgekommen. Zu Nadal muss ich sagen, dass er immer stärker wird.
OÖN: Wo wird Sie Ihr Weg hinführen?
Wawrinka: Ich kann mich noch auf allen Belägen verbessern. Ich bin sicher, dass ich auch noch im Ranking nach vorne komme. Aber wo genau das enden wird, weiß ich nicht.
OÖN: Warum gaben Sie dem Wiener Stadthallenturnier den Vorzug, wo doch die Turniere in Asien mit wesentlich mehr Geld locken?
Wawrinka: Geld ist nicht das Wichtigste. Es geht mir darum, dort zu spielen, wo ich mich wohl fühle. Ich mag die Stadt Wien, und es ist hier eines der besten Hallen-Turniere. Außerdem bin ich zuletzt genug gereist. Ich war in China, dann in New York. Jetzt zurück nach Asien zu fliegen, wäre anstrengend.
10-04-2008, 06:20 PM
Thank you! :)
12-17-2008, 07:05 PM
I have learnt a lot from Federer: Wawrinka
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer celebrate defeating Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus during their Davis Cup Group Play-offs match in Lausanne on September 20
What has been the highlight this year for you — breaking into the top 10 or the Olympic gold medal in the doubles event?
The year has been satisfying for me. I broke into the top 10 in June but have slipped down to 13th position now with 302 points. I teamed up with Roger Federer for the doubles event in the Olympics and defeated the favourites American Bryan twins, Mike and Bob, 7-6(6), 6-4 in the semi-finals. We then went ahead and defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the finals, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3. The Olympic gold medal was the defining moment and an important achievement for me.
How much of an influence has Roger Federer been to you? Have you ever felt being overshadowed?
It’s a great achievement to play with Roger, who is a living legend. I cherish every moment I play with him. I have learnt a lot from him.
Are you seriously considering a career in doubles tennis, or currently focusing only on your singles form?
Well, not exactly. Things have been good for me. I am taking things as they come.
Do you prefer playing on clay courts given that all your wins have been on clay, except the one at Olympics?
Clay always brings out the best of me. That’s why many of my victories have been achieved on clay courts.
Your backhand strokes are something people talk about…
That’s right. My backhand is the best and the most powerful shot I have.
How difficult was it for you, both physically and mentally, to recover from your tendon injury in 2006?
I suffered a three-month setback, tearing a tendon in my right knee while practising for the Swiss Davis Cup team’s tie against Spain in February. It definitely was a difficult phase of my career and I am happy it’s better now.
How far do you think is a Grand Slam title from you?
Every tournament I play is important for me. They give me points and my performance is rated on the same. I have always aimed at winning every match I play and giving my best performance. Grand Slams are no different.
Where do you see yourself at the end of the next year?
I hope to regain my position in the top 10 and try to play my best. I am looking forward to a great start at the Chennai Open. I am sure things will be good for me and I will have many victories for the year to come ahead.
Will the Chennai Open give you your second ATP title?
Well… The Chennai Open is one of the top circuits and it’s the beginning of the next season. I hope to play my best and have a victory in my name.
Is tennis a family sport of the Warwrinkas with all of your siblings also involved in the game? Was it a natural choice for you too?
My father Wolfram is German, and my mother Isabelle is Swiss. They both work on a biodynamic farm helping handicapped people. My older brother Jonathan teaches tennis while my two younger sisters Djanaee and Naella, are tennis players. We all love the game. It has come naturally to me and tennis has always been very close to my heart.
OPTIMISTIC: Stanislas Wawrinka, practising at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium on Friday,
hopes to make a good impression at the Chennai Open.
Chennai: Stanislas Wawrinka was allowed just a brief release from countryman Roger Federer’s shadow after his hour-long practice session at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium. Questions on Federer took little time to surface, but Wawrinka, aware of his countryman’s role in his career growth, was happy to oblige.
The 23-year-old Swiss enjoyed a successful 2008, which saw him break into the top 10 and claim the Olympics doubles gold with Federer, which he revealed was the highlight of the year.
“The last season has been satisfying for me. I broke into the top 10 in June but slipped after that.
“The high point of the year was winning the Olympic gold with Roger Federer in the doubles event after defeating the American Bryan twins, Mike and Bob. It’s a great achievement to play with Roger, who is a living legend.
Learning from a legend
“I cherish every moment and have learnt a lot from him. Just watching him itself has taught me so much. I did feel the pressure initially when I played with him, but we started clicking well together as a team, and I’m more comfortable and confident now. Personally, I do believe Roger can regain his No.1 spot, even though Rafael Nadal is a very tough player. I believe it can happen this year, ” said the second seed at the Chennai Open.
The year wasn’t without difficulties for Wawrinka, after tendonitis put the breaks on his progress in February.
“I suffered a three-month setback, tearing a tendon in my right knee while practising for the Swiss Davis Cup team’s tie against Spain in February. It definitely was a difficult phase of my career and I am happy it’s better now.
“I hope to regain my position in the top 10 this year and will try my best in making that happen. I am looking forward to a great start at the Chennai Open. I am sure things will be good for me and I will have many victories this year.”
“I’ve never played in Chennai before. Doing well here now is very important. I have just an exhibition event before the Australian Open, so I need to do my best here. The Chennai Open is one of the top circuits and I will look to have a victory in my name.”
01-02-2009, 11:06 PM
By Ayon Sengupta
Posted on December 29, 2008 | 07:38 pm · Filed Under Sport, Tennis
Stanislas Wawrinka’s six-year-long professional tennis career has seen a lot of ups and downs and it’s only of late that the Swiss No. 2 has blossomed to become one of the most compact players in the ATP circuit. Though predominantly a clay court player with a strong backhand, he has now developed an all-round game.
Since recovering from a knee-tendon injury in 2006, he has claimed his place as the next Swiss sensation after the legend Roger Federer. Ahead of his participation at the Chennai Open, the world No. 13 shares his hopes and aspirations for the coming season.
You had a relatively good 2008, what are your plans for the 2009 season?
Wawrinka: Yes, the year has been good for me including by winning the Olympics gold medal and also reaching the finals of Doha and the ATP Masters Series at Rome. The year has overall been good for me and I am sure the next year, starting the new season with Chennai Open, I hope to have a victory and have a great year to come ahead.
What is the highlight of 2008, winning the Olympic gold partnering Federer?
Wawrinka: Well yes, the Olympic Gold medal also plays been an important achievement for me. I teamed up with Roger Federer in the men’s doubles. Roger is a very good friend of mine and until recently he was the No. 1 in the world. We share a very good rapport and respect each other’s game. It was a great learning experience playing with him at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I cherish every movement I played with him. I have learned a lot from him.
You had beaten Indian pair of Paes and Bhupathi in the quarterfinals in Olympics. Do you think the Indian fans will remember that and give you a hard time?
Wawrinka: Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Peas are great players and have really made their country proud they have done wonders and have reached in the top position with their respective partners. I wish them all the best for the year to come. Well we play at different country with different players I don’t think it will be a problem for us.
This is your first visit to India? What do you know about the culture and the place? What are you expecting from the trip?
Wawrinka: Yes! This will be my first visit to India and I am very excited to play at the Chennai Open. India is a country with diverse cultures. I have heard the people in Chennai are very warmth in nature and are very soft person.
I would definitely like to see the place if time permits. The tournament has become very popular on the tour and I would like to use this opportunity to gain some valuable points in the build up to the Australian Open.
Didn’t you feel worried to come to India after the recent terror attacks?
Wawrinka: Well no, terror has strike at many places around the globe. That doesn’t mean we stop going to the place where it has happened. IMG, the organizers have always taken good care of the safety of the players and I am confident that they would ensure the same as per the desired guidelines in co-ordination with ATP for this tournament as well.
You have an excellent Davis Cup record. Do you feel more motivated playing for the country?
Wawrinka: Yes, playing for the country is anytime more than winning any grand slam victory or the ATP Masters win. I will always play for my country and then for the tournament. It’s really a proud feeling to win a tournament for your country.
What do you rate as your biggest victory till date and why?
Wawrinka: Well both If I need to choose there are two important victory for me that I can think about, I had reached the No 9th Position as on June 2008 and now I am at the no 13th Position with 302 points. It’s been an overall satisfying year for me. The Olympic Gold medal was the defining moment and an important achievement for me.
We both defeated the favourites American Bryan twins, Mike and Bob, 7-6(6), 6-4 in the semi-finals. We then went ahead and defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the finals, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3.
Winning against the world No.16 Stanislas Wawrinka was always going to be a tough ask for Australian wildcard entrant Brydan Klein, but despite a straight-sets loss, the 19-year-old from Perth put up an admirable fight before going down 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Advancing to the second round of a major for the first time, Klein got off to a shaky start in the first set, the Swiss breaking the young Australian’s serve early to take a 3-1 lead.
With the crowd on his side, Klein drew back to 3-5, and had an opportunity to break the Swiss’ serve. However, Wawrinka, who has a 25-15 win-loss record at Grand Slams, drew on his experience, producing a number of well-placed shots to take the set 6-3 in 35 minutes.
Wawrinka continued attacking Klein’s serve in the second set, again breaking early on to take a 2-0 lead. Despite the setback, the Australian did well to stay close to the Swiss, hitting six forehand winners and producing some fine drop shots. Klein was unable to break Wawrinka’s serve to get ahead in the match, and the frustrated youngster began to lose his composure. Capitalising, Wawrinka went on to take the set 6-4.
While Klein won the opening game of the third set to love, the Australian began to make an increasing number of unforced errors, allowing the Swiss to take out the match in just under two hours.
Wawrinka now progresses to the third round, where he’ll play against Tomas Berdych. The Czech No. 20 seed won 6-1 6-1 6-3 against Argentina’s Brian Dabul earlier on Wednesday.
Klein hit eight aces during the match to Wawrinka’s four
Klein had 33 unforced errors to Wawrinka’s 23
Wawrinka converted three of 10 break point chances, while Klein couldn’t capitalise on the only break point opportunity he had in three sets
01-22-2009, 11:38 AM
23 UE's for a match is not bad.. something like 8 per set..
Stanislas Wawrinka shocks James Blake to give Swiss 1-0 lead
From correspondents in Birmingham, Alabama
March 07, 2009
Stanislas Wawrinka shrugged off the absence of Roger Federer, stunning American James Blake 3-6 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7/3) to give Switzerland a 1-0 lead in their Davis Cup World Group tie.
Wawrinka, who won Olympic doubles gold in Beijing with Federer, humbled Blake in exactly three hours.
It was a good start for a Swiss team feeling the absence of world No.2 Federer, who skipped the tie with a sore back and plans to return to action next week at the Masters tournament in Indian Wells, California.
It was up to Andy Roddick to save face for the overwhelming favourites and 32-times champions United States as he faced untried Marco Chiudinelli later Friday.
Chiudinelli is playing for the first time in an away tie for the patched-together Swiss squad.
Wawrinka now boasts an impressive 3-0 record over Blake, whose fragile confidence over the past six months made him a prime upset candidate.
“I served very well,'' said Wawrinka, who fired 20 aces and 57 winners as he rallied from a first-set deficit.
“It was a tough first match for us. I'm really glad to win this one.''
Wawrinka bounced back quickly after dropping the first set as Blake looked to be setting up a quick afternoon of work in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,000.
But Wawrinka had other plans as he preyed on the American, who was returning to Davis Cup action after withdrawing from the semi-final squad last September against Spain citing mental and physical fatigue.
The weakness for the 29-year-old has continued into 2009, with a modest San Jose semi-final his lone result of note this season.
Blake fell behind an early break in the second set as Wawrinka levelled the match at a set apiece.
The quietly confident Swiss continued to ratchet up the pressure as Blake went down with a final error count of 61 for his 10th Davis Cup defeat, his first loss in the competition since 2007.
03-12-2009, 12:34 AM
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND: SWITZERLAND v USA
March 5, 2009
THE MODERATOR: We'll start with questions, please.
Q. Captain, the alignment that you've got, the schedule that you've got, do you see any advantage to going with Wawrinka first?
CAPTAIN LUTHI: It's always the same question after the draw. I think we will see tomorrow evening already the score and then we know if it was an advantage or not.
I think it's not bad, but Stan still has to win the first match, then it's really an advantage for us.
Q. What do you think of Birmingham so far?
MARCO CHIUDINELLI: What do we think of Birmingham? We're staying in Hoover. Very nice out there, very relaxing. We haven't seen much of Birmingham, unfortunately, because the first few days we've been jetlagged a bit. We just practiced, then went to sleep all the time.
Since Tuesday, we try to focus on the encounter on the weekend. We basically stayed in every night in our hotel, yeah. Unfortunately we haven't seen anything, just the stadium and the hotel. Stadium's very nice, though. We hope we'll have a big crowd.
Q. How does it feel playing the first round away rather than at home? How much harder is it?
MARCO CHIUDINELLI: Maybe Stan can answer the question because I have never played away so far. I will only find out tomorrow (laughter).
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, you know, it's not easy. But I think we have less journalists because it's far away from Switzerland.
But, no, actually I think it's not gonna change something, you know. The people are quite more for the USA. But it's the same. We don't care to play away.
End of FastScripts
03-12-2009, 12:35 AM
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND: SWITZERLAND v USA
March 6, 2009
S. WAWRINKA/J. Blake
3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6
THE MODERATOR: Questions for Stanislas.
Q. Are you officially tired of answering questions about Roger Federer?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, a little bit. But I think it's not the moment to ask a question about Roger. You know, all the week it's normal. Roger is one of the best player ever in the world. Everybody wants to know how he's feeling, how he's doing, if he's still on the team or not.
Everybody in the team disappointed he's not here. But now we are on the weekend. We are playing match. We try to do the best this weekend.
Q. Talk about the responsibility that you felt leading the team without Roger.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, but for me it's not my first time without Roger, be No. 1 in the team. Twice I be the leader. I always try to push the team, to do my best, be an example for the team.
Today I was playing very good. The match, I'm very happy with the way I play, with all the support I get from the team. We have a great, great week practicing all together, great team spirit. Maybe that's why I won today.
Q. Did you come into this weekend feeling like you had to win all of your matches; that you would have to win two singles matches plus the doubles on Saturday?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I come this weekend, I think we are a team. We need to won three points. Is going to be very difficult because we are not favored. They are in the ranking better than all the team.
But I knew I need to won the first match. It was very tough. I try to play my best tennis to won against James. I'm very happy with the way I was playing. It was very important match for the rest of the weekend, I think.
Q. Did this match go the way you planned it out beforehand? Did you adjust to the way James was playing?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I knew Blake since long time. I always watching him. I like how he's playing. I know how he's playing. I think he was playing like he's doing every time. He's playing very good, actually.
I'm very happy with my game. I was focused on what I need to do to stay with the serve, to stay aggressive from the baseline, and to try to come to the net.
But he was tough today. But I think the serve was the key of the match.
Q. With Roger out, do you feel there's more pressure on you individually or do you feel there's less pressure on the entire team, since not many people expect you to win?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Maybe the both. I think if you try to do the best, and you do the best... I cannot won every match. I cannot win everybody every time when he's not here. I try to play my best tennis to help the team, and we'll see how is gonna be the weekend.
End of FastScripts
03-12-2009, 12:36 AM
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND: SWITZERLAND v USA
March 7, 2009
6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. One of the Bryan brothers guaranteed Andy would close it out tomorrow. How do you respond to that?
CAPTAIN LUTHI: Nice statement. I think we don't really care about what they said, honestly. If they said that they're going to close, it's good for them.
I tell you that it's going to be 2-0 after the match of Stan tomorrow. That's my statement.
Q. Stan, can you comment on your doubles play over the past few months, including the Olympics. You've become quite the doubles player. Are you going to play more doubles going forward? Do you enjoy it? Is it just because it's Davis Cup and Olympics?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I play sometimes. But I cannot play the Grand Slam in doubles because it's too much to play singles in five sets and doubles.
I try to play a lot of times. I'm going to play in Indian Wells. I already play in Chennai. Yes, you know, the Davis Cup is always different. You play to win. You try to do your best. That's why I try to play very good in doubles in Davis Cup.
But actually, when I play doubles, I'm not playing so bad.
Q. Yves, the Bryans today became the most successful doubles team in U.S. history with this win. Can you just talk about what makes them so tough and solid as a doubles team in your eyes.
YVES ALLEGRO: They have been playing together against they basically born. So I think it's a big advantage. A big advantage that they have one lefty and one righty. I think it's huge in doubles. If you take all the best teams in the past, most of the time was one lefty and one righty. I think it's big.
Then they serve well and they're very strong at the net. It makes them tough to beat.
Q. Did you have a little letdown the first part of the tiebreaker? Didn't focus properly on the first couple points you lost?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, we try to be focused on the tiebreak and go for it. But I think they start very good. Then they were serving very good, so it was tough to come back to the tiebreak.
But we try the best, like always.
Q. There were a couple times you went to the chair umpire to complain about some things. Do you recall those? What were the instances there?
CAPTAIN LUTHI: No, was because of the let. Twice was very clear let. I don't understand how you cannot see that, or if the machine didn't work or whatever. They put machines, and then I cannot understand. From where I was sitting, it was a clear let. I mean, it was not even -- it was almost changing the direction. The third one was maybe not as clear, but I saw every time that Stan stopped to play, so that's why I was complaining.
I think that's what you have to do. They were complaining about a few line calls or whatever. I mean, that's part of the game. If I see something wrong going on, then I have to complain. That's my role.
So I think it was nothing special. Was just a wrong call, as you always have in the game.
End of FastScripts
03-12-2009, 12:36 AM
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND: SWITZERLAND v USA
March 8, 2009
A. RODDICK/S. Wawrinka
6-4, 6-4, 6-2
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Can you tell if fatigue played any factor in your match today, playing two tough matches leading into this?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Of course, we see it was a tough match for me. But I think Andy played a great match. He was serving very good. No mistakes from the baseline. It was tough and difficult for me to stay aggressive.
Of course, I'm a little tired with the two first days. But, yeah, it was tough to be aggressive and to come to the net a lot of times because that's what I need to do against Andy.
Q. Talk about facing Andy's serve. Not only does he put pressure on you with your serve, but you have a lot of pressure to hold. How hard is it to play him in that respect?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, of course, is always the same when you play a player like that who have a big, big serve. Is always more pressure on my serve.
Today he was not only serving good, but he was playing very good. Like I said before, he never give me a point. I need to take every points. It was difficult to do that all the match.
Q. What was the problem with your left shoulder?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, but it was nothing special. I have already against James in the start of the game. It was just muscle. I don't know how to say in English.
Q. What was your strategy coming into the match? Were you looking to play longer points or did you want to attack more and come to the net?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, the strategy was to attack him. When he give some short ball, you need to come to the net to take care of the balls, to push him a lot.
He was playing too good for me today to do that.
Q. How does Birmingham compare in terms of other cities as far as a venue for a Davis Cup tie?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It was a very nice week for us. But we stay like 20 minutes from the stadium. But it was a very nice hotel. Everything was very good. The organization was perfect. We have a nice hotel. We get everything we want.
The stadium all the weekend was very nice, too.
Q. Where does the team go from here? You go into relegation. Do you expect Roger to come back? Do you not know?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Just after the match, I don't care a little bit. I'm disappointed with the weekend. To lost, of course, before the match we was not favorite. But I'm just disappointed with my match today. Yeah, I'm tired, too. I'll be waiting. I don't know when is the draw. I think Thursday or something like that. We'll see after which country we gonna play.
Q. Do you think Roger will play?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don't know. I think we need to ask him or you need to ask him.
End of FastScripts
04-03-2009, 11:48 PM
Stanislas Wawrinka - Gut ist nicht genug (von Marcel Hauck)
Stanislas Wawrinka geht gegen Rafael Nadal an die Grenzen, bringt die Weltnummer 1 ganz schön ins Schwitzen. Blick nennt die vier Gründe, warum Stan noch kein ganz Grosser ist.
Das Dilemma ist Stanislas Wawrinka anzusehen. Frustriert sitzt er in den Katakomben des Tennisstadions auf der Ausflugsinsel Key Biscayne vor Miami. Er hat die vielleicht beste Partie seiner Karriere geliefert – und doch verloren.
Zweimal zwingt Wawrinka (24, ATP 17) den derzeit besten Tennisspieler des Planeten in ein Tie-Break, zweimal bleibt Rafael Nadal (22) ganz cool, gewinnt – wie gegen Roger Federer und fast jeden anderen – die entscheidenden Punkte. Warum steht Nadal im Viertelfinal, obwohl Wawrinka praktisch alles richtig macht?
# Die Erfahrung: Nadal ist zwar gut ein Jahr jünger als Wawrinka, hat aber schon acht Grand-Slam-Finals gespielt. Der Spanier wird nicht nervös wegen einer Night Session vor rund 10 000 Zuschauern. Wawrinka hingegen zeigte am Schluss der beiden Sätze Nerven.
# Die Klasse: «Ich musste heute sehr gut spielen», zeigt sich Nadal zufrieden mit seiner Leistung. Und dennoch: Während Wawrinka sein allerletztes Potenzial ausreizen musste, um nur schon am Mallorquiner dranzubleiben, konnte Nadal in den Tie-Breaks den Druck nochmals leicht erhöhen. «Das ist der Unterschied», analysiert Wawrinka.
# Die Fitness: Der Lausanner spielte von der Grundlinie äusserst druckvoll, liess sich von Nadal kaum in die Defensive drängen und überraschte ab und zu mit Netzangriffen. Nicht viele Gegner hätten dem standhalten können. Nadal schon. Sensationell, wie die Weltnummer 1 im zweiten Satz einen Stoppball erlief und so die Basis zum einzigen Break legte. Selbst, wenn Wawrinka den zweiten Satz gewonnen hätte, Nadal wäre auch bereit gewesen, nach 2:43 Stunden auf dem gleichen Niveau weiter*zuspielen.
# Die mentale Stärke: Wawrinka zeigte sich äusserst effizient, wehrte insgesamt elf von zwölf Breakchancen Nadals ab, meist mit krachenden Aufschlägen. Der Spanier zeigte sich darüber zwar ab und zu etwas verärgert, verlor jedoch nie die Nerven, wartete cool auf seine nächste Chance.
Wawrinka darf mit der fünf*wöchigen USA-Tournee dennoch zufrieden sein. Die Wettkampf*pause für ein intensives Trainingsprogramm nach den Australian Open zahlt sich definitiv aus. Die schlechter klassierten Gegner hatte er im Griff, an den Topcracks ist er nahe dran (in Indian Wells verlor er gegen Novak Djokovic ebenfalls 6:7, 6:7). Wawrinka weiss: «Nun muss ich aber den nächsten Schritt machen.»
article posted in one of the biggest newspapers in Switzerland, I'll translate soon.
04-04-2009, 12:19 AM
Stanislas Wawrinka - Goos is not good enough (by Marcel Hauck)
Stanislas Wawrinka goes to his limits against Rafael Nadal making the nr.1 sweat quite a bit for the win. Four reason why Stan still isn't one of the biggest players:
You can see the predicament in Stanislas Wawrinka. He's sitting - visibly frustrated - in the catacombs of the tennis stadium on the the tourists' island Key Biscayne near Miami. He may have played the best match in his career and still lost.
Wawrinka (24 yeard old, ATP 17) forces the currently best tennis player in the world twice to a tie-break and twice Rafael Nadal (22) remains composed and wins - like against Roger Federer and nearly everyone else - the critical points. Why is Nadal in the quarterfinals even though Wawrinka is doing practically everything right?
# The experience: Nadal might be around a year younger than Wawrinka, but has already played 8 GS finals. The Spaniard doesn't get nervous because of a night session in front 10000 spectactors. Wawrinka though showed nerves at the end of both sets.
# The "class": "I had to play very well today", Nadal said being content with his effort. And still: While Wawrinka had to make use of the last bit of his potential just to hang in there with the player of Mallorca, Nadal was able to slightly raise his level during the tie-breaks. "That's the difference", Wawrinka analyzes.
# The fitness: Wawrinka of Lausanne played very aggressively from the baseline, did hardly ever let Nadal make him play defensively and suprised Nadal with net attacks at times. Not many players could have coped with this. Nadal though can. It's sensational how Nadal ran down a dropshot in the second set and thus gave himself an opportunity to break. Even if Stan had won the second set Nadal would have been ready to play on the same level after 2h43min of play.
# The mental strength: Wawrinka was very efficient saving breakballs doing say eleven out of twelve times, more often than not with booming serves. The Spaniard seemed to be angry about that here and there, but still never let up and waited calmly for his next chances.
Wawrinka can still be happy about his results in the USA the past 5 weeks. The hiatus he took after the Australian Open to train intensively is certainly paying off. He's got the less ranked players down and is not far off from the top players (he also lost 67 67 against Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells). Wawrinka knows: "But now I have to make the next step."
sry for the rough translation, didn't have a lot of time :sobbing:
04-04-2009, 03:33 AM
Thanks for the good work. He was pretty consistent during IW and Miami. I hope Stan will do even better coming tournaments.
04-04-2009, 11:45 AM
thanks a lot schorsch :D!
i thought though the writer didn't tell us anything new that we don't already know. I mean, the points about rafa's strengths are pretty much onvious to almost everyone. However, I think stan can match him in terms of fitness/endurance and mental strength now. at least based on what we've seen during the past weeks in USA.
let's hope stan will make this next step during the clay season, starting with monte-carlo :D. come on, stan!
04-04-2009, 07:31 PM
Thanks Schorsch :)
04-15-2009, 11:39 PM
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
S. WAWRINKA/M. Vassallo Arguello
2-6, 7-5, 6-2
An interview with: STANISLAS WAWRINKA
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English, please.
Q. Talk about playing Roger.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, it's always a particular match. It's a good friend of me. Is gonna be nice to play him on the center court here, the clay court. I play him three times already. I always lost. But it was indoor and hard court.
So it's gonna be fun to play tomorrow.
Q. Do you feel that clay will give you an advantage?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, I think I'm better on clay court. So maybe it's better for me.
But we'll see tomorrow how is gonna be.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. That was a rotten court to be on?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It certainly wasn't a big court for a Masters Series tournament.
Q. It was tight. He had 30-15.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Indeed, there was not much difference between us. I was able to raise my game.
Q. What about your match tomorrow against Roger?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He will have no reference points, whereas I am playing better and better. In general I have problems to adapt to the surface in this tournament, but this year I feel very good here.
Q. Is clay your favorite surface?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes.
Q. You played very good matches against Djokovic and Nadal. Did you learn things in those matches that you can use for this next match?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It certainly gave me confidence. Even if I'm disappointed I lost them, I know I was able to stay in there and fight until the end. It's good having those big matches in the beginning of the year because then you can see what you still have to work on.
Q. So you saw the mistakes you shouldn't make anymore?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, like not losing a tiebreaker. Against Djokovic, I was up 5 2 in the second set. I should have won that set. And against Nadal, he played very good in the two tiebreakers.
But now it's going to be different because it's on clay, and the game is different on clay. I must be solid, concentrated, and I must try my best.
Q. He had good results here before. What is your state of mind?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He had good results everywhere. What I have to do is make the right choices and have no regrets.
Q. (Question regarding the draw.)
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: You always look at the draw in the beginning of the tournament, but then you have to play it match by match before starting to think you're going to play a certain opponent.
On clay, you have to fight a lot. It's tougher mentally.
Q. Do you believe Federer can become No. 1 again after this tournament?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I hope not, because I'm playing against him (laughter).
But, of course, I believe he can become No. 1 again. Out of four Grand Slams, he won one. Although, Nadal is playing very good, as well.
Q. What was the difference today?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Win (smiling).
Yeah, I do a great match, but is always difficult to play against a good friend. You're always different on court.
But today I think I was playing better. You know, it was his only first tournament. He came only two day before the tournament, so it's not easy to play great on clay court, to came only two days to practice. So I think it was the difference.
Q. What made you believe that you could beat him?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I need to believe in my game, you know. I knew I can play very well on clay court, and hard court, too.
You know, I think the last two tournaments, in Indian Wells and Miami, was good for me, even if I lost against Djokovic and Nadal. But it was always tough match, always 7 6, 7 6. But is good to stay work with the game. With those match, I knew I can play very well against the best player.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. You seemed to be up in the score during the whole match.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It's had many opportunities and I won in two sets. Both of us were very tentative today and there were ups and downs in the match. I believe he hadn't found his rhythm on clay and he made many errors. I was very happy because I think I played my best match physically.
Q. You mean you had very good footwork?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, because he always tries to break your rhythm and to mix it up a lot. I was there aggressive with my footwork and I was coming early on the ball.
Q. Is it one of your most beautiful victories?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It is maybe not the most spectacular tennis, but it's my most beautiful victory, yes.
Q. What did he say to you in the end?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He said, Good luck for the rest of the tournament.
Q. And what is your most spectacular win?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don't know.
Q. Do you know Beck?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I know him a little bit. I haven't seen him here, but I know he's talented and he hits hard. He's a left hander. I must be solid against him.
Q. Federer said that your game was better adapted to clay than his. What do you think?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It is on clay that I feel the strongest. I always feel happy when I come back on clay, although I can play well on other surfaces.
Q. What do you think about the conditions and the rain?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It's always tough because you never know at what time you're going to play. You always try to keep ready.
Q. In the end, was it tough mentally? Did you think about the fact you were winning against Federer?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It was tough, yes. But I tried not to rush and not to do stupid shots. I tried to play the way I played during the whole match.
Q. So you didn't think, It is Roger?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Many things went through my mind. It is always a difficult tournament.
Q. Are you happy about this victory or do you think Federer can now be beaten?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He can be beaten. But what is tough is to play against a friend. We have so many good memories when we won that gold medal. Anyway, I am very happy because tomorrow I'll be in the quarterfinals, and it is not because I beat Roger today that tomorrow's match will be easy.
Q. Do you want to do well in the French Open?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I am now concentrating on tomorrow's match. I know my opponent won against Gilles Simon, and it might be a tricky match. I can't be too happy today because I have to stay in the tournament.
Q. Are you happy you are in the quarters?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I'm happy I beat Roger. I played two big matches, and I lost many opportunities, and I didn't win them. Today I was able to win.
Q. What about yesterday's match?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It was also a very special match. But, as I said, it's not because I won today against Roger that tomorrow I will win easily.
Q. What do you think the press is going to write tomorrow, is it going to be your victory or Federer's loss?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I know they are negative (smiling).
Q. You had the opportunity of breaking him in the first game, but you missed an easy shot. Did you have doubts at that stage?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It was not easy because I had played a good game and missed that easy shot at the net. But I knew I would have other opportunities during the match.
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04-18-2009, 11:15 PM
Friday, 17 April 2009
S. WAWRINKA/A. Beck
An interview with: STANISLAS WAWRINKA
THE MODERATOR: Questions in English.
Q. You must have come in with lots of confidence. Can you talk about the match today.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, it was a good match for me I think one of the best of the tournament. It was not easy to play him because he can play really aggressive. But I was moving very well and I'm very happy with my game.
Q. Yesterday you were probably the underdog. Today you were maybe the favorite. Did that change your mindset? Was that difficult to cope with?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, it was not too difficult today to be the favorite. Actually, is better to play a guy he's hundred in quarterfinal, so I was happy to play him.
Q. Are you feeling more like you belong in these matches at this stages of tournaments? Do you feel more comfortable?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, of course. After one year, I have a lot of confidence with my game and what I want to do.
Q. Yesterday, Roger was saying he always knew you could play this well, but maybe you didn't always think you could. What's changed in your mental approach?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I think is the experience, you know. What I say actually is the last two tournaments I play Djokovic and Nadal, I was playing great, but I didn't won. I lost in four tiebreaks. But my game was good. That's why I have more confidence of my game.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. You seemed to have an edge during the whole match today. There was no need to be scared?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I believe I played the best match of this tournament. I played solid and I moved well from the beginning. I was able to neutralize him.
Q. You knew there was a danger of being tense after beating Federer?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, I knew that, because sometimes after a big win, you might put pressure on yourself. But I was aware of that and I tried not to do that.
Q. You are quietly progressing, without making much noise. You are now among the last four players of this tournament.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It's true that I do things quietly, but I am improving little by little. I always try to do my best. I see that in this tournament it is working out for me.
I still allow myself to make mistakes.
Q. What do you expect tomorrow? It's going to be a big match. It's going to be revenge after Indian Wells.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I'm very pleased to play against him again, this time on clay. I think it's going to be a very physical match. I know he likes to be very aggressive.
Q. Is it an advantage to play him on clay?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes and no, because I know he can play very well on clay. He proved it. It's going to be 50/50. Tomorrow will be a completely different match than the last one.
Q. Did you work with Paganini on your physical fitness?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, after the Australian Open I took approximately five weeks to work on my physical conditioning. I know I wouldn't have time now. So this was a sort of preparation for clay in February.
I was criticized when I did that. But I'm very happy now I made that choice.
Q. It could be a big week for you if you win tomorrow. Are you aware of that?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: This tournament is good for me. But I'm not yet in the final. I still have a very tough match tomorrow.
Q. You will have to serve well against him because he's a very good server.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, I have to. And also he returns very well. Therefore, I have to hold my serve.
Q. Were you surprised the way Djokovic beat Verdasco?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No. Except the set he lost against Montañés, Djokovic played very well during this tournament. He returns very well. He has a very good backhand. Thanks to that, a lefty doesn't bother him.
Q. After your victory yesterday you had many requests for interviews, et cetera. Are you aware this has maybe caused an earthquake in Switzerland?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It's true I received a lot of requests for interviews. I didn't open my computer last night, so I don't know what is the reaction in Switzerland.
Q. Who criticized you about February?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, they didn't really criticize me, but there were many questions: why did I do that at that particular time, and about Davis Cup also.
Q. But you gave a good answer in Davis Cup.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, I played well my three matches.
Q. Aren't you bored to have to play the three matches all alone in Davis Cup?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It's always disappointing to lose in Davis Cup. I will wait to see the draw in May to know who we are playing.
Q. But you are going to play in September?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes. We can talk about Davis Cup all the year round, and it's only two ties.
Q. Will you think about your final in Rome?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Back then I didn't believe in my chances. When I came to the final, I already thought my tournament was successful and I didn't believe in my ability to beat him.
Q. Is it going to be different here?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: This is one year later, and everything is different. I have more confidence in myself, and I'll try my best to win.
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04-19-2009, 05:03 PM
Thank you George :D
04-19-2009, 09:29 PM
Saturday, 18 April 2009
N. DJOKOVIC/S. Wawrinka
4-6, 6-1, 6-3
An interview with: STANISLAS WAWRINKA
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What do you think was the difference between you today?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Maybe I think it was the third set. When I break up, I have a chance to do the 3 0, but I miss it. Too much and too fast. He was staying on the game, and that's make the difference.
Q. Do you feel you still need to play more matches like this to have the confidence and experience?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, I think so. For me, yeah, it's what I need, to play more matches.
A few weeks I lost, but it was in the 18, now is semifinals. So I hope is going to be better next week.
Q. Overall do you feel you've taken a big step forward?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, for the confidence, of course. To start the clay court season with a semifinal here is very good for me for the next tournament.
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.
Q. Are you still frustrated about the point you missed for 3 0?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Oh, yes, I am very frustrated and disappointed. I was up 2 Love and I had this opportunity to go up 3 Love. I lost that game and the game at 2 All. These two games made me lose the match.
Q. What is so tough against Djokovic?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He's a very good player. He's been in the top three for two or three years already. He knows how to do everything. He knows how to volley and to move. He's very tough physically, too.
Today I had the impression, though, I had everything to be able to beat him. But in the third set, when I had opportunities, I rushed too much, and he was the one who came out the winner.
Q. You had a letdown in the second set.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: It was mainly a mental factor. I think I gave away the first two games of the set. On his serve, it was deuce, and I made two or three mistakes that made it easy for him. I was not able to go to the net.
Q. The score is pretty similar to the match in Rome, but this match was totally different?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes. It was a completely different match in Rome. He was able to raise his game and I couldn't do anything against him.
Q. Do you believe Murray has a chance against Nadal?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Many players have a chance against Nadal. But for the time being, they are not succeeding on clay, but the time will come.
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04-20-2009, 06:07 AM
cheers schorsch :).
he sure feels confident on his own game, and thinks that the main thing he should take care of is his mental strength when it really matters...
04-30-2009, 02:04 AM
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA (MEN)
April 27, 2009
S. WAWRINKA/I. Kunitsyn
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. What's your sensation to come back as the finalist?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, it's a good sensation. I start well the clay court season, and I'm very happy to be back at a great tournament I played last year.
I'm very happy to come back to try to play like last year.
Q. You have extra confidence now after, well, not last week, but Monte-Carlo on the clay?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Not extra confidence, but I'm very happy with my game. I know I play very well. I start good this week today with a good win against Kunitsyn, so I'm happy with my game and with the clay court season.
Q. You played very well at times. There were a couple of concentration lapses. Did you struggle at all with your concentration at times?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Today?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I think it was enough today to play. To win 6-3, 6-4, I was up and it was my game. I was trying to do some -- yeah, to play well all the time it's always difficult to be focus every game when you won in two sets, so I'm very happy to play more than one hour in two sets.
05-08-2009, 01:34 PM
http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/stan-wawrinka-nehme-meine-freundin-mit-nach-paris-118636 video and gallery here
Wawrinka: Freundin als Glücksbringer in Paris
ZÜRICH - Stanislas Wawrinka kehrt nach einer Pause auf die ATP-Tour zurück. Mit seiner Freundin Ilham Vuilloud will der Romand Roland Garros erobern.
Nach einem Monat Pause gilt es für Stanislas Wawrinka wieder ernst. Ab nächster Woche bestreitet er das erstmals durchgeführte Sandplatz-Turnier von Madrid.
Das Turnier in der spanischen Hauptstadt nutzt der Romand vor allem zum Formaufbau für seinen persönlichen Saisonhöhepunkt.
Am 25. Mai will er endlich auch beim Grand-Slam-Turnier von Roland Garros gross auftrumpfen!
«Das French Open ist mein Lieblingsturnier. Ich werde alles versuchen, um weit zu kommen, aber versprechen kann ich nichts», so Wawrinka im Interview mit Blick.ch. Keine Zweifel: Stan macht alles für den Erfolg.
Stan verriet Blick.ch an der Eröffnung der Modeboutique Lacoste in Zürich, dass er seinen ganz persönlichen Glücksbringer nach Paris mitnehmen wird: Seine Freundin Ilham Vuilloud (34), Moderatorin bei TSR, wird den Doppel-Olympiasieger in die Stadt der Liebe begleiten.
Ein eingespieltes Team: Ilham Vuilloud und Stan Wawrinka. (Romina Amato)
Seit knapp vier Jahren ist Stanislas Wawrinka mit der knapp zehn Jahre älteren Fernseh-Moderatorin Ilham Vuilloud liiert. Gemeinsame Bilder der Liebenden sind rar. Gemeinsam unterstützen Ilham und Stan die Stiftung Telethon. Telethon setzt sich für die Bedürfnisse von Menschen mit Erbkrankheiten ein.
Stan in Roland Garros
Roland Garros ist das erklärte Lieblingsturnier von Stanislas Wawrinka. Kein Wunder: 2003 gewann er in Paris das Turnier der Junioren. Bei den Grossen hat es bisher aber noch nicht für den ganz grossen Wurf gereicht. Noch nie kam Stan weiter als in die dritte Runde. Im letzten Jahr scheiterte er nach klaren Siegen gegen Philipp Kohlschreiber (De) und Marin Cilic (Kro) am Chilenen Fernando Gonzalez denkbar knapp. Trotz 2:0-Satzführung musste Stan am Ende die Segel streichen.
05-08-2009, 02:20 PM
Wawrinka - his gf to be his lucky charm at Paris
Zurich - Stanislas Wawrinka returns to the tour after taking a month off. With his gf Ilham Vuilloud on his side the Romand ( Romand = Swiss from French speaking part of Switzerland) wants to conquer Roland Garros.
After being away for a month on a break it's time for serious business again for Stanislas Wawrinka. Next week he's playing at the clay tournament of Madrid which debuts this year.
The Romand wants to use tournament which is held in the Spanish capital mostly to prepare for his favourite part of the season: RG.
He wants to finally go really strong at the GS tournament RG which starts on 25 May.
"The FO is my favourite tournament. I will try everything I can to go really far in this tourmanent, but obviously I can't promise anything", said Wawrinka during his interview with Blick.ch.
No doubt: Stan is doing everything to be successful.
Stan revealed Blick.ch at the opening of the Lacoste boutique in Zürich that he will take his own personal lucky charm to Paris: his gf Ilham Vuilloud (34 years old), moderator on TSR (TSR = national French speaking channel in Switzerland) will accompany the Olympic champion in doubles to the city of love.
A well-established team: Ilham Vuilloud and Stan Wawrinka.
Stan Wawrinka has been in a relationship with the Swiss tv moderator Ilham Vouilloud - who is 10 years older than him - for four years. Pictures of the couple are quite rare to find. Together they support the foundation "telethon" (telephone + marathon = telethon). Telethon helps people with genetic diseases.
Stan and RG
Roland Garros is Stan's self-proclaimed favourite tournament. Hardly suprising: In 2003 he won the junior GS here in Paris. On the men's tour it hasn't been enough yet to get the big one. Never has Stan been further than the 3rd round. Las year he dispatched Cilic nand Kohlschreiber convincingly before bowing out to Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in a tight match. Even though he had been leading 2:0 in sets he lost.
The Swiss tennis ace Stanislas Wawrinka (24) is the nr.13 in the world ranking, but nobody seems to care that much.
Blick met Stan at the Niederdorf (shopping street in Zurich) and talked with him about his life on the tennis circuit.
Stan Wawrinka, how is it possible that you can walk around Zurich nearly unnoticed despite your big tennis results?
SW: A win in the QF or SF of a big tournament isn't that interesting for most people.
But tennis is more popular than ever in Switzerland...
SW: Yes, but only because Roger Federer has been winning pretty much everything the past 4 or 5 years, so winning tournaments is being taken for granted now.
Does that bother you?
SW: I just think it's a pity. One doesn't see the big accomplishments of a player anymore. We don't have that many top player in Switzerland, so the support of the crowd is even more important. But everything revolves only around Roger! What the others doesn't have a significance anymore for most people. Everyone thinks it's so easy to win, because Roger has always been winning. You can't even imagine how difficulut it is to even be a top50 player.
Do you feel left in the shadow compared to Roger Federer?
SW: I don't care about getting headlines in newspapers. I am happy with my life and I have the privilege to do what I love most: to play tennis. Roger is a good friend of mine and I don't blame him at all. It's just the Swiss's' attitude that bothers me.
If Switzerland didn't have Roger Federer you'd be a star.
SW: (laughs) Yes, maybe. But my goal is to perform to the best of my abilities. This is the only thing that matters!
05-19-2009, 08:14 AM
Yahoo and Lacoste are working together now which means that Eurosport's webpage will have special blogs, interviews and other features with Lacoste players and experts...
Among them: Stan :)
Stanislas Wawrinka: "In Roland-Garros erinnere ich mich immer an alles!"
Mo 18.Mai. 14:54
In den Tagen vor Roland-Garros präsentieren wir Ihnen eine Interviewreihe, in der unsere Gesprächspartner über ihre persönlichen Erinnerungen an das Turnier reden. Den Anfang macht der Schweizer Stanislas Wawrinka. Wenn man mit ihm über das Pariser Grand-Slam-Turnier spricht, beginnen seine Augen sofort zu leuchten.
Welche Kindheitserinnerungen haben Sie an Roland-Garros?
Schwierig zu sagen. Ich würde sagen, die erste ist das Jahr, in dem Marc Rosset ins Halbfinale gekommen ist. Wenn ich mich recht erinnere, hat er auf dem Weg dahin Jakob Hlasek geschlagen (A. d. Red.: Stimmt, in der dritten Runde). Ein rein schweizerisches Match in einem Grand-Slam-Turnier, das vergisst man nicht! Im romanischen Teil der Schweiz haben wir auch französisches Fernsehen, ich konnte also praktisch vierzehn Tage durchgehend vor der Kiste sitzen bleiben.
Roland-Garros ist das Grand-Slam-Turnier, das mich als Kind am meisten fasziniert hat.
Wann waren Sie zum ersten Mal im Stadion?
Bei den offenen französischen Juniorenmeisterschaften 2003. Im Stadion kam mir alles riesig vor, ob nun die Gänge oder die Plätze. Aber das Gefühl hat man ja durchaus öfter, wenn man an solche Orte kommt.
Erinnern Sie sich noch an Ihr erstes Spiel?
Das war auch noch bei den Junioren. Ich erinnere mich noch an alles. Es war Platz 6 oder 7, das verwechsle ich dauernd. Ich musste gegen den Franzosen Josselin Ouanna antreten. Der kam gerade von einem Satellitenturnier in Portugal zurück, wo er sehr gut gespielt hatte. Ich gewann aber mit 6:7, 6:2 und 6:3. Das ist eine tolle Erinnerung, zumal es mein erstes Grand-Slam-Turnier bei den Junioren war.
Und Ihr erster Titel?
Ich hatte logischerweise vor Roland-Garros schon einige Juniorenturniere gespielt. Diese allerdings mit mäßigem Erfolg. Und dann komme ich nach Roland-Garros zu meinem ersten Grand-Slam und gewinne! Das wird auf ewig etwas Besonderes für mich bleiben.
Machen wir mal einen Sprung von zwei Jahren zu Ihrem ersten Roland-Garros-Auftritt bei den Profis. Sie haben die Qualifikation durchgespielt und standen vor Ihrem ersten Spiel im Hauptfeld ...
Gegen den Chilenen Nicolas Massu! Sieg in vier Sätzen! Und wie schon bei meinem ersten Spiel bei den Junioren war es Platz 6 oder 7. Och erinnere mich noch gut daran, dass die chilenischen Fans mächtig Stimmung gemacht haben. Es war eine Erstrundenpartie, aber ich hatte ja schon die Qualifikation hinter mir und war deshalb schon gut eingespielt. Es war also in Roland-Garros, wo ich mein erstes Grand-Slam-Turnier gewonnen habe. Eine tolle Erinnerung.
Stanislas Wawrinka: I always remember everything about RG!
A few days before RG we will present you a series of interviews in which we will get to know some personal memories of players and experts of RG.
We're going to start with Stanislas Wawrinka. When one talks to him about the Parisian GS tournament his eyes start to shine immediately.
Do you have any childhood memories of RG?
It's tough to say. I'd say the first year in which Marc Rosset reached the SF. If I remember correctly he beat Jakob Hlasek (Stan's right). A Swiss duel in a GS, that's not something you forget! In the French speaking part of Switzerland you've got the French channels as well (France 1,2,3,4 etc.) therefore I was able to watch for 14 days non-stop.
RG was the tournament that fascinated me the most when I was a kid.
When was the first time you were at the stadium?
During the French Junior Championships in 2003. Everything seemed so big to me in the stadium wether it would be the hallways or the courts. But you get this type of feeling a lot when you go to such places.
Do you remember your first match at RG?
My first match was on the Junior Tour. I can still remember everything. It was on court 6 or 7. I always mix up the courts. I had to play Josselin Ouanna of France. He just had played really well in a satellite in Portugal. I won 6:7 6:2 6:3. That's a great memory, because it was my first Junior GS.
And your first title?
I had obviously played a few Junior tournament before RG, but only with moderate success. And then I play my first GS at RG and I win it right away! This will always be something special to me.
Two years after that you had your first appearance in the men's competition at RG. You qualified for the maindraw...
Against the Chilean Nicolas Massu! A win in four sets! And like my first match in juniors' this was played on court 6 or 7. I still remember the Chilean fans who really created a great atmosphere. It was a first round match, but I had already played quallies, so I already had a very good rhythm.
So, it was RG where I won my first GS title.
A great memory.
05-19-2009, 11:42 AM
bless stani. hope the coming RG would be as memorable to him as his first one :D!
thanks for the translation, schorsch!
05-19-2009, 03:38 PM
Thanks Schorsch :hug:
05-24-2009, 10:45 AM
I translated an interview with Stan:
"I'm satisfied where I'm standing"
After Roger Federer Stanislas Wawrinka is the #2 in Swiss tennis. He seeks for a place in the top 10 of world tennis, which he has been a member of in 2008. The 24 years old answered the questions in an interview shortly before the French Open.
On Sunday Roland Garros is starting in Paris. Does this tournament especially lie at your heart?
Stanislas Wawrinka: Yes, Paris is my favourite tournament. The matches there were the ones which I was able to watch the most on tv during my youth. And it is a Grand Slam which is played on clay. Because I was able to win the tournament in 2003 as a junior it is something special for me.
Is this junior title another pressure for you when you appear in Paris?
No. Just because I was able to win here as a junior that doesn't mean I'm going to triumph at the big tournament. That's two different worlds. A good junior doesn't automatically become a Grand Slam winner at the elite.
You have said that clay isn't only your favourite surface any more. Why?
I made huge progresses on the other surfaces. I'm feeling good everywhere. Clay stays the surface where the best players make the less problems for me because I'm able to read their game better there. It has to be said that there has been a development on the surfaces at the tournaments. They have become slower.
When you won in 2006 in the final of Umag against Novak Djokovic he has been widely unknown. Today the Serbian has won a Grand Slam tournament with the Australian Open and plays amongst the top of the rankings. You are currently the #18 and want to get back into the top 10...
To say that I want to win a Grand Slam would be quite bold. Yes, I have won the tournament in Umga, but Novak has always been better as me. Therefore I don't have any problems to see where he is today and where I am. I'm not jealous of him. I'm satisfied where I'm standing today and I'm working continually to get better.
It seems as there is only seperating you very little from the absolute best players in the rankings. It's mainly about details. What do you need to get to the next level?
I'm lacking one or the other victory against those top players. The matches against Djokovic in Monte Carlo or in Madrid against Del Potro have been really close. It's only a question of trust. I'm making progresses, that's for sure, but also the other guys...
Your victory against Federer in Monte Carlo is one of those victories which brings you to the front, right?
Yes, even though I know like everyone else that he wasn't in a good form that day. But of course it is good for the self-confidence. As a result is is a victory against Federer.
Where are the differences between you and the top 5?
Those guys are always present and reaching the final stage of a tournament. They neither doubt their game nor their level. It's all about that.
You are 24 years old. What are your aims? Do you want to be #1? Do you dream of winning at certain tournaments?
To be #1 is for now no aim for me. I try my best, invest a lot and hope to get back into the top 10. That is my first aim. I have many dreams, but I keep them for myself.
How do you see the "slump" of Federer, which he has been into lately? Do you talk with him about this phase?
Firstly I have the impression that he isn't that bad. Beside this: Doesn't he just have won a big tournament? It's mainly the public and the media who rate his situation as disastrous. But he is still the #2 in the world! He has won so much that people weren't used to see him losing. It happens that we talk about it, but he is experienced enough to handle the situation.
Source of original article: http://sport.sf.tv/nachrichten/archiv/2009/05/23/tennis/ich_bin_zufrieden_wo_ich_stehe
05-24-2009, 10:49 AM
Thanks for the translation, Doris. It's much appreciated. :)
Nice to hear that Stan is feeling good on other surfaces but clay.
05-24-2009, 03:21 PM
Thanks for translation :)
05-25-2009, 08:52 PM
S. WAWRINKA/N. Devilder
6‑3, 5‑7, 2‑6, 6‑4, 6‑4
An interview with:
THE MODERATOR: Questions in French, please.
Q. Could you analyze your match?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, the analysis is easyenough to make. I have a feeling that Istarted off well. I had a good tactic inplace, and then I sort of lost sight of what I had to do, and I wanted tokeep ‑‑ sometimes I wanted to keep him on his baseline. Sometimes I wanted to be aggressive, and Ilost sight, and this is when he started playing well, and he imposed hisgame. He managed to have me do what hewanted me to do.
Q. At 4‑1 in the fourth set, what do you think? Do you think, well, it's over?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: No, you never want to thinkit's over before the match point, but I knew I wasn't on the right track. That was clear. That was obvious.
I tried to be a bitmore aggressive. I tried already at 3‑Love. I had two break points, and I wanted to playas I had played at the beginning of the match, to be real aggressive and tohave no hesitation taking the balls very early on. And when I managed to do that, I reallydominate the game.
Q. Do you have any explanation of why you lost sight of your tactic?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, that's his strongpoint. That's why he's 60th player inthe world. If you look at the game, thefirst set, you feel I'm going to win easily, and this is not the case. He tried everything to make me play badly,and this is what happened today. I lostsight of my game, and I managed to pull through at the last minute.
Q. And this being a first round in a Grand Slam tournament, did it have anyimpact, because it's Roland Garros? Canit play raw?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, I always said that. It's never obvious to play a first round in aGrand Slam. You feel you're in thetournament because I arrived early on, but if you have any doubts with regardsto your game, you pay the hard price immediately in the match, and this is whythe first round in a Grand Slam is never easy for anybody.
Q. You proved your record for matches won in five sets. Can you explain how you can be thatstrong? Is it your physical ability?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, I always said I likedmatches in five sets. Physically I feelstrong, stronger than a large majority of players.
So it gives me a rightto make a mistake if I may. I can affordto lose two sets and win the match.
Q. That was a long match. What didyou learn from this first round?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, I'm pleased. I know that my game is there. I know that when I practice, I feel good. I hope that with this match I have learnedfor the next round. I'll do everything Ican to achieve that. Although it was adifficult first round, I had to do everything I could to win it, and I need tomove forward with the next match.
Q. Eight games in a row that you lost between the second and the third set,what was in your mind at that time?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, that was tough. I mean, I had no solutions, no answers. I tried to relax, but he also relaxed. Then you need to refocus on the game andthink about more simple things.
Q. From a physical standpoint, if you compare what you're doing to what youwere doing two years ago, what have you improved from the physical standpoint?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, I improved a lot. When it comes to changing the rhythm, thepace on such surfaces, there are many of those changes in rhythm, and I feelmuch stronger. I feel I can reactfaster. I feel better, and I can imposethese changes. I'm physically fit to dothat.
Q. In the fifth set, everybody knows that you can be very strong. Do you think this has an impact on the wayyour opponents behave?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, maybe it has, becausethey know ‑‑ they know that I'm always present there for a fifth set, andI usually play very well during the fifth set, so maybe it has an influence.
Q. Next opponent is Massu. You'veplayed him twice in 2005, and never since then?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, I played him here inRoland Garros. I won in four sets. He's a player who had very good years in2004/2005. Then he went down in theranking. He lost confidence. But since the beginning of this season, he'sback up, back on the upward trend. He'swon a few matches here and there, but I've not seen him playing for a whilenow.
Q. This season on clay, you've never lost when you played opponents with alower ranking than yours. How can youexplain this progress? You now have kindof a margin of safety with regards to these people.
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, it's hard work andexperience. I worked very hard. My tennis and my physical condition. I played many matches, different matches ondifferent tournaments with pressure, without pressure, and it's true thatexperience teaches you how to better manage these types of matches.
Q. I saw most of your family here. Are they all here, parents, brothers, sisters?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, there were my parentsand younger sister. She was here today,but she's leaving tonight, but it's important.
Q. Four hours out there on the court. What goes on in your mind? Youmust be nervous, then disappointed, then aggressive.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No. Itried to remain focused, even if I was very much disappointed with mygame. I tried to refocus to become moreaggressive, to feel the pressure less. Ihad a break very early, and then at 4‑2, everyone would think I could turn thesituation easily, and then this is what I did. I managed to be aggressive enough to reverse the situation.
Q. Hey, your nose is all burnt by the sun. You played without wearing a hat, without putting any cream on yourface, sunscreen. Is it important or isit something you don't want to think about during the match?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Having a red noseafterwards? Well, trust me, I know if Iplay for four hours in the sun, I know that I walk out with a red nose, whetherI put some sunscreen or not. So it's nota big problem. I'm used to it.
Q. Let's come back to what you have in mind before you walk on the courtwhen it's Grand Slam tournament. Thismorning at 11:00, roughly, how did you feel? Were you a bit more nervous because this is a Grand Slam, or were youjust like before?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: Well, this morning, I waspretty confident, and the proof of that is I had a very good start. I went 6‑3 with a double break, and I hadbreak points on his serve, but knowing it's a Grand Slam, you want to dobetter, but I know that I feel stronger than my opponents over a match in fivesets.
Q. We had the feeling that you gave in the third set. Is it because you feel strong in five setsand you think, okay, I might as well give him this one, because I'm stronger?
STANISLASWAWRINKA: No, it doesn't make anydifference. If I could avoid playing allmatches in five sets, I would.
05-26-2009, 04:31 AM
thanks schorsch :D.
would love to see his parents and sister hehe... and well if there's any positives from last match, at least it's that he can still grind out result in 5 set, and he have good enough stamina to outlast his opponent in 5 set.
and for some reasons, the question about the burnt nose amuses me. he's so adorable :hug:
05-26-2009, 02:40 PM
Thank you schorsch :hatoff:
06-11-2009, 08:45 PM
Wawrinka: "Ci tengo a vincere a Lugano".
“Voglio dare il massimo, ci tengo a vincere a Lugano”. Esordisce così Stan Wawrinka in conferenza stampa. Il numero 1 del seeding ha appena battuto Sidorenko e appare soddisfatto della prestazione: “Ci sono tanti outsider che possono fare bene, dunque non si può dare nulla per scontato, ogni match va affrontato con concentrazione. Ora gioco qui, poi andrò a Londra una settimana per prepararmi a Wimbledon”.
It's in Italian, but I speak Spanish, so I will try to translate :sobbing:.
Wawrinka:"I want to win in Lugano".
"I want to play the best that I can and I want to win in Lugano", that's how Stan Wawrinka began his press conference.
The number 1 seed of the tournament has just beat Sidorenko and seems satisfied with his perfomance:"There are so many outsiders here that could do well, so I can't take anything for granted and that's why I will have to keep my concentration in each match.
I will play here this week and then I will go to London for a week to prepare for Wimbledon."
06-11-2009, 10:06 PM
06-26-2009, 10:00 AM
S Wawrinka - 25 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Q. Obviously there's a chance you will play Andy Murray. I know you have already mentioned his name.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Honestly I'm focused on the next match, so no chance I will say something about Sunday.
Q. Can I just ask you how you think he compares to Roger Federer in general terms? They're the two highest ranked players left in the draw.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, this year he improved a lot. The last 12 months he's playing very well. He made the final in the US Open, he won a lot of tournaments. So of course he's just after Roger the favorite of the tournament.
Q. He seems to have a 6‑2 record over Roger. What do you think Roger seems to find a problem with him?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don't know. He's playing good when they play together.
Q. Do you think Murray is getting closer to Roger with every year?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Maybe, but he's young, so that's why he improved a lot the last 12 months. We need to see the next year how he's going to play. You know, Roger is here since five, six years. He's already won 14 Grand Slams, so you cannot compare.
Q. Which do you think is the tougher opponent personally when you play against them?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Who?
Q. If you play against Murray or Federer? When you play against them, who do you find more difficult?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Roger.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Because he's playing different. He's playing better maybe.
Q. What do you think Murray has to add to his game to get to that level?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don't know.
06-26-2009, 02:24 PM
Was this presser done after he played and won a match or after he spectated Murray play and win his match? ;) :rolleyes:
Poor Stan, they could at least acknowledge his actual match, no matter how 'routine' and expected the result might have been. Still another round until that potential match for both of them, it's one thing for me to speculate but this press conference is pretty shameful.
06-26-2009, 03:32 PM
Well, Stan is too polite to voice his scepticism.
06-26-2009, 04:15 PM
06-27-2009, 07:38 AM
those interviewers could've and should've shown some respect to stan by asking how his own match went. it was clear that stan was getting pretty annoyed by all the murray questions. what did the interviewer think he is - muzza or roger's boyfriend or something? seriously.
as getta said, the bb is too nice and too polite. *pets stan*
Q. Looks as if you'll be playing Andy in the next round. What are your thoughts on that?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I think is gonna be a big match, for sure. Andy is playing very well. Since 12 month, he improve a lot his game. He's No. 3 in the world. To play him here at Wimbledon is gonna be a nice match, and I'm very happy to be back on Monday, I hope on Centre Court.
Q. How equipped do you feel to deal with the crowd and the support he will have?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, he's playing great since he start the tournament. So I think he's okay with that.
Q. Have you had matches in your career comparable to it in terms of playing against a big player with a home crowd?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Not really. The last time I play Andy at the US Open on night session, but I lost in straight sets, so it was not a good match.
Q. Do you think you've improved since then?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes, of course.
Q. What particularly do you feel you've improved?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: You know, I work a lot this winter and in February, so I'm very happy with my game. My serve is really better and I improve a lot my game when I go to the net.
Q. How difficult is it for not just you but players in general where Wimbledon has become so focused on Andy and the home interest?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: And Roger. I think they are focus on two player. But that's the same in the other tournament. It is always Roger or Rafa. It's always the same, so it's not something difficult for me.
Q. You never played Andy on grass. Which of the two of you will it suit better?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I think he like playing on grass, but I'm not too bad on grass. So I'm very happy to play him for the first time on grass court, especially here in a Grand Slam.
Q. You're good friends, aren't you?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, of course we are good friend. We are practice a lot together, and last week we practiced together before the tournament.
But when you are on the match you focus on the game and you try to win the match. That's it.
Q. But you feel you know his game pretty well?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes.
Q. Does that help?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: We'll see. It's the same for him and for me, so...
Q. What is the most difficult thing for you about playing Andy, apart from his game?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I think he's just playing very good, so it's always hard to win the points. He's just a very good player.
Q. What do you need to do for yourself to succeed, to beat him?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: To be very aggressive and to have a good serve, you know. Depends of the day. But if my serve is here, I have a chance to do some good work.
Q. What would be the biggest match you've ever played in your career so far, and how would this compare to the biggest match you've ever played?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Biggest match? You know, last year I play for the first time night session at US Open, and I think is a very big stadium. Is very hard to play for the first time there, so it was not a good experience for me.
But I learn a lot from that match, and I'm very happy to have such great experience on Monday.
Q. Do you think this will be a bigger occasion?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yes.
Q. So this will be the biggest one?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Maybe.
06-28-2009, 01:57 PM
Ahead of Stan's match against Andy Murray, it's interesting to read an article published on The Scotsman. ;)
Next up for Murray: the other Swiss Olympic gold medallist
Published Date: 28 June 2009
By Alix Ramsay at Wimbledon
IT IS strange how, in a competition of 128 men, the absence of one player can make such a difference. When Rafael Nadal pulled out of the tournament, the whole of the top half of the draw opened up. Without the world No.1 to shatter their dreams, everyone fancied their chances.
The feel-good factor has trickled down to even the lowliest ranked chap and yesterday even Jesse Levine, the world No.133 and a wild card entry here, thought that a place in the second week was his for the taking. Stanislas Wawrinka disabused him of that notion 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 but he had to do an awful lot of running to get the job done.
The Swiss will be Andy Murray's next opponent and is through to the fourth round here for the second year running although that is usually his limit at any grand slam event on any surface. No matter, Wawrinka is one of life's triers and, with a level-headed approach to life, he is neither excited by the prospect of reaching his first quarter-final nor is he overawed.
Murray and Wawrinka have been doing battle since the Scot first appeared on the main tour and, overall, Murray just leads their rivalry with four wins to three. But last year they ran into each other with monotonous regularity. Five times in nine months they locked horns and, save for one loss on clay in Rome, Murray won the lot.
Not only is there mutual respect between the two men, they are also friends. Wawrinka is just the sort of man that Murray likes: a straightforward, down-to-earth guy who may not be the most talented player on the circuit but he works his socks off to make the most of what he has got. And it is that work ethic that elevated the Swiss from being a top 30 regular at the start of last year to breaking into the top ten last May and keeping him there until late into the autumn. Now ranked No.18, he has the experience of playing the top men on the biggest courts and he knows he has what it takes to beat some of them, too.
There is nothing flashy about the Swiss No.2. He is not one for extravagant spending, extravagant partying or extravagant indulgence. His only one claim to anything approaching a celebrity lifestyle is having a television commentator, who just happens to be ten years his senior, for a girlfriend.
His game is pretty much the same as the rest of his life – uncomplicated and unspectacular. His main line of attack is power: a good first serve and crunching weight behind his ground strokes on both flanks. The slight flaw in this plan is that it is his only plan – when things start to go wrong, Wawrinka has nothing to fall back on. When everything is in good working order, he has the strength and the ability to barge through to the latter rounds of any tournament but once there, he comes unstuck. Tackling the real elite remains difficult.
He can push the Federers, the Nadals and the Djokovics, but getting the better of them seems beyond him. He did beat Federer in Monte Carlo this year but that was only Federer's second match on clay of the season and it was just a few days after he had married his long-time girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec. Federer, then, was just a mite distracted.
If Wawrinka has a secret weapon, it is his ability to rise to the occasion. At the Beijing Olympics last summer, his form had deserted him and he played poorly in the singles before teaming up with Federer to play just as poorly in the doubles for the first couple of rounds.
But then, on the same day that Federer had been beaten by James Blake in the singles and appeared to be in the depths of despair, he and Wawrinka were called at midnight to play Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. And it was Wawrinka who carried the match, dragging Federer through the two sets and on to the semi-finals. There it was Wawrinka again who provided the backbone of the team as they headed to the final and on to the gold medal. Federer's bizarre post-match celebration in which he seemed to be drawing energy from his friend, acknowledged the fact that, for that week in the doubles, Stan was indeed the man.
Whether Wawrinka can find that fighting spirit again remains to be seen. In Beijing, he had one of the greatest players the sport has ever seen by his side to help him but, then again, this week the world No.1 is not standing in his way.
06-28-2009, 04:46 PM
nice article, getta, thanks for posting :).
here's hoping that stan will indeed be the man again tomorrow.
06-29-2009, 05:31 PM
Thanks for all the articles, guys :hatoff:
06-30-2009, 05:57 AM
S. Wawrinka - June 29
Monday, 29 June 2009
Q. Can you put into words just how you feel right now.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I'm very, very sad, of course. Was a tough match, and to lose today is very, very bad for me.
Q. How much effort did you put into that today?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I try everything, but it was not enough. Almost, but not enough.
Of course, I try everything I can today to win the match.
Q. Do you think in years to come you'll regard it as a very special memory because of the atmosphere under the roof, playing Andy?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, for sure it was very, very special. It was a very nice atmosphere with the Centre Court and all the crowd for Andy Murray.
But I enjoy a lot the match. But for sure I'm very sad after the match.
Q. Did you think you were going to be the stronger player in the fifth set?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, but the second game he break me. I was 40‑Love, and he break me, and I think then it was more easy for him to play well and to stay on the game.
For sure I was playing very good. I was in the match, and I was hoping to do better in the fifth set.
Q. How were the conditions out there? Could you notice any difference between Wimbledon in daylight and Wimbledon at nighttime under the roof?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Was very, very nice to play with the roof closed. I enjoy a lot to play tonight.
Q. What about the grass itself? Was there any difference in the way it played?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I think it was almost the same.
Q. Why is your nose so red?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: With the towel, new towel. Irritating.
Q. You were getting treatment from the physio early on. What was that for?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, something I have already in the first two match, but nothing special.
Q. It didn't affect the way you played?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Not really, no.
Q. Have you ever played in an atmosphere like that before?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, maybe in Davis Cup it's always nice match. This year in January we play ‑ in March we play in United States in Davis Cup. It was very nice.
Q. Does Andy Murray have what it takes to win Wimbledon, do you think?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: For sure he's playing very good, especially on grass. He improve a lot the last 12 month.
But, yeah, today I was close, but he won the match. I think for the rest of the tournament he's ready, but you don't need to forgot the other player.
You know, Roger is still there, and I think it can be a very nice final.
07-25-2009, 12:01 AM
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/Stanislas-Wawrinka-Man-muss-dem-Koerper-Pausen-goennen/story/15348641
07-25-2009, 06:00 AM
Thanks, Doris. :)
07-26-2009, 09:30 AM
Read it just today. Danke, Doris :)
08-05-2009, 08:28 PM
You are welcome :hug:
Great news from Stan today:
He and his girlfriend Ilham are expecting a baby next February :)
All the best for the couple and the baby :)
German source: http://www.topsport.com/sportch/generated/article/tennis/2009/08/05/9149100000.html
08-05-2009, 09:41 PM
08-05-2009, 11:16 PM
That was my initial reaction. :lol: It's something with that efficient Swiss timing!
Great news though, wish them all the best.
I hope it's born on the 11th like moi. ;)
All my congratulations to the happy expecting couple. May their baby come to this world in full health and happiness. :yeah:
08-06-2009, 01:36 AM
Congratz Stan :D
08-06-2009, 03:59 PM
i'm one big ball of squeeing fangirlish glee right now! totally absolutely honestly didn't expect that one until a couple more years at least! aksjhdgajhds! all the best wishes for stan and ilham <333.
it's rather adorable how stan seems to do the same thing roger did lol. except winning tourney, yes, but that's for another time :p.
for now... alkjsdh baby!stan <333!
08-08-2009, 03:50 PM
12-12-2009, 01:06 AM
This place has been quiet for a long while. :awww: There's a sweet article about Stan in 24heures.
Stan Wawrinka is a happy man. Seated at a table in the restaurant of the Lausanne-Sport, the tennis player of 24 years exudes serenity, joy of living. Between a mixed season in 2009 and 2010 that looks rich in all respects, the tennis player from St. Bartholomew talks about his life as player and man.
- Stan, after a brilliant year 2008 where you were ranked 9th in the ATP and won the Olympic gold alongside Roger Federer, 2009 has been more difficult. What do you attribute this decline in ranking?
- Competition has become very hard. Today's top 30 in ATP play very good tennis. If someone had told me two years ago that I would end 2008 at the 13th World 2009 to the 21st, I signed right away. Now, he is sure that I hoped a little more this past season ...
- You felt close to the best. You beat Federer, Murray pushed into a corner at Wimbledon, lost 7-6 7-6 against Nadal. Do you feel frustrated?
- Not because I feel I am stronger in all areas. During the first half of the season, I lost six times against players from the top 5. With each time of tight matches. By winning one or two of these meetings, my ranking would have been much better. In my career I have always progressed in stages. I think it took me a year to stabilize me. In 2010, my goals are to finish the year among the top 15 and win a title.
- This past season was the suspension of Richard Gasquet, your former doubles partner. Do you think we could have put cocaine in his glass?
- I know a little and I really hope he did nothing wrong. This case is complex. I know that night anything can happen. When I leave, I'm always careful, I constantly monitor my glass.
- As a pro tennis, you are subject to many temptations?
- From my side, very little. Maybe I did not attend the right parties. (Laughter). When I am in the tournament, in principle I do not go out. I do not want to be tired the next day.
- In February, you'll become a father. How do you approach this deadline?
- I am looking forward to that happiness. Ilham, my girlfriend is in her 7th month of pregnancy. You never know what to expect. Especially when it is the first child. For me, becoming a father is something natural. I think it's also why we are on earth.
- Will you be taking the Australian Open in January?
- I'm not going to suspend my career for 6 months until birth. Of course, if my girlfriend to give birth soon, it will not be easy to manage. For I am away throughout the month of January ...
- Will you play against Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup in early March?
- It depends on what happens at birth. I'll see if it is possible to reconcile the Davis Cup and the arrival of our child. The priority is the welfare of the baby.
- How do you follow your career with a family?
- Traveling with a one year child is too much. This is certainly not how we operate. Currently, my girlfriend is present on half of the tournaments. I think we'll do the same way when we are three.
- Have you already prepared the business baby?
- Yes, as I leave December 29 for Abu Dhabi and I'll be away for a month. We wanted to select cases the baby together.
- The room will she rather blue or pink?
- We know if a girl or a boy, but we decided to keep the secret.
- After the twins Federer, the bar is set high. Are you ready for the challenge?
- Everyone asks me the question. But I will not tell you how many children we expect. It will take a bit ...
- Will you be a stern father or a sugar daddy?
- Papa cake every time!
- Have you decided to get married before the birth?
- Have you set a date?
- Marriage with Ilham is coming soon, but let me not reveal anything else.
- One last question though: will you make a big ceremony?
- We celebrate our union with witnesses and family. That's all. There will be no more than two dozen guests.
Thanks Tori for posting initially. :hatoff:
12-12-2009, 06:01 AM
Thanks, Nadine. :)
This place has been quiet for a long while. :awww:
Stan has many fans, but at present he still is fans' favourite second choice. ;)
12-13-2009, 01:31 AM
Thanks Nadine (and Tori) for the article.
Good to hear from Stani, really sweet interview. :awww: Yes a(t least a) title next year would be nice, please.
Stanislas Wawrinka got married to longtime girlfriend Ilham Vuilloud on 12 December 2009 in Lutry, Switzerland.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka reveals to DEUCE the last time...
I got out my (2008 Beijing doubles) Olympic gold medal to look at it?
Late last year when I was rearranging the office in my apartment I saw it. I don't look at it so much these days, maybe only when friends come around and they ask to see it. Obviously soon after I won the gold medal I looked at it a lot more.
I queued up to buy concert tickets?
It wasn't a concert, as such, but for a comedy show in Geneva last year.
I missed a flight?
Never... I've never missed a flight in my entire life, but I hope I haven't jinxed myself now! Maybe it's being Swiss, but I'm always on time for flights!
I flew economy class?
I fly economy inside Europe all the time – the flights are so short it doesn't make too much difference if you're in economy or business. But for long haul flights I fly business – I don't think I've ever flown to Australia in economy!
I cooked for myself or others?
Very recently, just before I went on this current trip (Middle East/India/Australia). I love to cook when I'm at home – my wife and I share the cooking duties and we have a number of cookbooks that we try out new things from. I really enjoy cooking.
I met a childhood idol?
I don't have a lot of idols really, but the last person I met that I admire and respect was (footballer) Thierry Henry. It was in Rome last year and he came to see Roger (Federer), since they're both associated with Gillette. Roger and I were practising and he came to watch that, then we both had a chat with him in the player lounge, which was great.
I shared a hotel room with another player?
I would imagine it would've been in juniors, maybe under 16s.
I had to pay to hire a tennis court?
Very recently, when I was training in Switzerland in December I paid for my court all the time. No special privileges!
I dressed formally for a dinner?
One week ago in Abu Dhabi for an exhibition event I was playing; there was a cocktail party where all the players got dressed up.
I slipped on my diet?
Oh, for sure during Christmas I had a little bit too much to eat and drank a little too much wine, but I guess everyone does that too!
I forgot a family member or close friend's birthday?
Last year I forgot the birthday of a very good friend, but I remembered the next day and got in touch with him, so it wasn't too bad – it wasn't like I remembered weeks later, thankfully!
Being recognised helped me?
I can't think of anything specific but for sure in Switzerland, since I got to the Top 10 and won the gold medal in Beijing, I get recognised more. It maybe helps with getting a nice table at a restaurant when it's busy.
There will be an online chat with Stan on Thursday (11.02) between 12:30 and 13:30 (CET), you can already post questions... :o
02-11-2010, 07:22 PM
The interview here:
Translations are welcome :p
02-12-2010, 04:23 AM
The interview here:
Translations are welcome :p
Credit to taversham from the Allez Federinka LJ community:
Quel est ton meilleur souvenir sur le court?
les jeux olympiques de loin. c'était mes premiers jeux et pouvoir gagner une médaille pour la Suisse c'est quelque chose d'extraordinaire. c'est un souvenir inoubliable
(What's your best memory on court?
The Olympics by far. It was my first Games and to win a medal for Switzerland was an extraordinary thing. It's an unforgettable moment.)
Roger Federer est-il vraiment aussi sympa que l'image qu'il donne à travers les médias?
en tous cas avec moi oui. on se connait bien et les jeux olympiques nous ont beaucoup rapproché
(Roger Federer, is he as nice in real life as he seems in the media?
Always with me, yes. We know each other well and (I'm not quite sure I've translated this next bit right, someone help?) the Olympics made us closer.)
Tu as beaucoup de courage à disputer la Coupe Davis malgré un calendrier chargé. Mais n'est-ce pas en vain tant que Roger refuse de jouer?
jouer l'espagne en espagne on est de loin pas favoris. mais j'adore jouer la coupe davis, j'adore jouer pour mon pays. et pour moi c'est vraiment une chance de représenter son pays en coupe davis. depuis tout petit ça a toujours été un rêve de pouvoir y participer et maintenant que je peux j'essaie de faire le maximum
(You're brave to play in the Davis Cup when you have such a busy schedule. But isn't it all in vain when Roger won't play?
Playing Spain in Spain, we're far from the favourites. But I love playing Davis Cup, I love to play for my country. And for me it's really an opportunity to represent your country in the Davis Cup. I always dreamt of being able to participate and now I want to do the maximum I can.)
Salut Stan, Pour commencer, je suis un grand fan, j'ai adoré voir les images de toi et Federer après votre victoire en double à Pékin. Juste sublime. Mais j'ai une question, c'est pas trop dur d'être toujours comparer à Roger, et de "vivre dans son ombre" ? D'avance merci, et bonne continuation!
d'être comparé à Federer c'est inapproprié. lui est le plus grand joueur de tous les temps et je crois que me comparer à lui serait de l'insulter. jouer en Suisse en même temps que lui n'est pas forcément facile. les médias n'aident pas du tout. c'est le seul pays qui ne sait pas la chance qu'il a d'avoir un joueur comme federer. et comme il m'ont souvent comparé à lui, peu importe les résultats que je fais, ce ne sera jamais assez bien.
(Hi Stan, firstly, I'm a big fan, I loved seeing the pictures of you and Roger after your victory in the doubles in Beijing. Just sublime. But I have a question, isn't it always hard for you to be compared to Roger, and to "live in his shadow"? Thanks in advance, and keep going (/well done/good luck/keep it up ...literally, "good continuation").
To make a comparison with Federer is inappropriate. He's the best player of all time and I think to compare me with him would be insulting. To play in Switzerland at the same time as him isn't easy. The media don't help at all. It's the only country that doesn't know how lucky it is to have a player like Federer. And I'm always compared to him. The results I get aren't important, they'll never be good enough.)
Est-ce un challenge, une motivation d'avoir un tel joueur dans son propre pays?
je l'ai toujours pris comme une chance depuis que je suis arrivé sur le circuit, j'ai pu le côtoyer et beaucoup m'entrainer avec lui. pouvoir s'entrainer avec le plus grand joueur de tous les temps ça ne peut qu'aider. et c'est aussi grâce à lui si j'ai une médaille olympique
(Is it a challenge or a motivation to have such a player in your country?
I've always taken it as an opportunity since I started on the circuit, I've had the chance to train and hang out with (or "rub shoulders with"? I can't think of how to translate that) him. To be able to train with the greatest player of all time can only help. And it's thanks to him that I have an Olympic medal.)
As-tu des amis parmi les joueurs de tennis (à part Roger)?
des amis non mais des potes oui. c'est un sport très individuel, c'est difficile d'avoir des amis sur lesquels compter dans le tennis. mais je m'entends très très bien avec Monfils, Bagdhatis, Murray, C. Rocus et Tzonga
(Are you friends with other players on tour (apart from Roger)?
Friends, no. Mates (/buddies/pals/whatever), yes. It's a very individual sport, it's hard to have friends you can rely on in tennis. But I get on very very well with Monfils, Baghdatis, Murray, C Rochus, and Tsonga.)
C'est dommage de pas pouvoir te parler plus souvent, y a-t-il d'autres moyen de communiquer avec toi?
mon numéro est 078...
(It's it shame there aren't more chances to speak to you, is there another way to contact you?
My number is 078...)
Other things: He wants to win Roland Garros, he likes Melbourne, he's not playing Gstaad, he answers all the fanmail himself, and if he weren't a tennis player he wanted to be a chef.
02-12-2010, 12:47 PM
Thanks for that, Nat.
Some interesting answers. Loved his answer about DC and I really tip my hat off for him in that regard. His baby is due soon (if not born yet :unsure:) and he could have extended his leave until after the first round of DC; but he's playing. :yeah:
I may not be the biggest Davis Cup fan, but I still respect his decision tremendously.
02-12-2010, 12:52 PM
"It's the only country that doesn't know how lucky it is to have a player like Federer."
Quite true :hatoff: I moan about that for years... :o :tape:
02-13-2010, 12:49 PM
Alexia Wawrinka, baby girl, 50 cm and 3.580 kg, is born! :awww: Congrats to Stan and Ilham.
Thank you for that :)
Also thank you for posting the translation arkulari
Get ready WTA TOUR :rocker:, first Federer twins and now Alexia Wawrinka :p
02-15-2010, 03:55 PM
A very sweet interview with Stan following the birth of Alexia :awww:
Après Roger Federer, c’est au tour de Stanislas Wawrinka (25 ans) de changer les couches et de préparer les biberons. Vendredi, l’animatrice télé Ilham a mis au monde leur premier enfant, une petite fille de 50 cm pour 3,580 kg, répondant au prénom d’Alexia. La maman et le bébé se portent bien et le papa, lui, est aux anges.
After Roger Federer, it was the turn of Stanislas Wawrinka (25) to change diapers and prepare bottles. On Friday, TV presenter Ilham (Stan’s wife) gave birth to their first child, a girl of 50 cm and 3.580 kg, named Alexia. The mother and baby are doing well and the dad? He is ecstatic.
– Stanislas, toutes nos félicitations. Comment se sont déroulés les premiers instants avec Alexia?
– Lorsque je l’ai vue pour la première fois, j’ai eu une grosse émotion. C’était une joie et un bonheur indescriptibles. J’ai eu la chance de suivre tout le processus: j’ai participé à l’accouchement, coupé le cordon et aussi donné le bain.
Stanislas, congratulations. How did your first moments with Alexia go?
When I saw her for the first time, I had a lot of emotions. It was joy and indescribable happiness. I had the chance to follow the entire process: I attended the birth, cut the cord and also gave her a bath.
– Quel a été le moment le plus émouvant?
– Assurément lorsque la sage-femme a déposé notre fille sur sa maman. Alexia s’est mise à pleurer et c’est à ce moment qu’elle a ouvert les yeux pour la première fois. Tout de suite après, je me suis retrouvé dans une salle, seul avec elle pendant une heure.
What was the most emotional moment?
Certainly when the midwife introduced our daughter to her mother. Alexia started crying and that’s when she opened her eyes for the first time. Straight after, I found myself in a room alone with her for an hour.
– Et que s’est-il passé?
– J’avais tout simplement envie d’arrêter le temps, de mettre sur pause. Pendant une heure, il y a eu tant d’émotions. J’étais sur un nuage.
And then what happened?
I just wanted to stop time, to pause. For an hour, there were so many emotions. I was on a cloud. :awww:
– Que prévoyez-vous de faire prochainement avec Alexia?
– Pour l’heure, j’ai juste envie de réaliser ce qui m’arrive. Je veux profiter de sa présence, la voir évoluer. C’est fou, après un jour j’ai déjà constaté des progrès, comme la force qu’elle met dans ses mains.
What do you plan to do next with Alexia?
Right now, I just want to realize what happens. I want to enjoy her presence, to see her evolve. It’s crazy, after a day I’ve already seen progress, like she has power in her hands (?).
– Pour l’instant, Ilham et Alexia sont encore à la clinique. Mais comment allez-vous vous organiser, de retour à la maison?
– Nous allons nous débrouiller entre nous et voir comment ça se passe. Avant le premier tour de la Coupe Davis, j’ai encore deux semaines devant moi pour me consacrer entièrement à notre fille.
For now, Ilham and Alexia are still at the clinic. But how will you organise things back at home?
We’ll manage and see what happens. Before the first round of the Davis Cup, I still have two weeks to devote entirely to our daughter.
– Cela veut-il dire que vous vous lèverez la nuit pour lui donner le biberon?
– Ben oui, c’est sûr que je vais le faire. Et avec plaisir! Je pense que je serai un peu moins enthousiaste après quelques mois, mais pour l’instant, la perspective de me réveiller au milieu de la nuit pour elle ne me fait pas peur.
Does that mean you will get up at night to give the bottle?
Yeah, I definitely will. And with pleasure! I think I’ll be a little less enthusiastic after a few months, but for now, I’m not scared of the prospect of waking up in the middle of the night for her.
– Comment avez-vous choisi le prénom?
– Nous nous sommes mis d’accord assez rapidement. Nous trouvions que ça sonnait bien avec Wawrinka.
How did you choose the name?
We agreed quite quickly. We thought it sounded good with Wawrinka.
- A qui ressemble Alexia?
– Aucune idée! Il faudra encore me laisser quelques semaines avant de pouvoir répondre à cette question.
Who does Alexia look like?
No idea! I’ll need another few weeks to answer this question.
06-27-2010, 02:14 PM
Translation from an article from the Swiss media:
Wawrinka splits from his coach
Dimitri Zavialoff and Stanislas Wawrinka will go different ways now.
Stanislas Wawrinka is looking for a new coach. Five days after his 1st round loss in Wimbledon against Dennis Istomin Switzerlands #2 and coach Dimitri Zavialoff split.
A long partnerships ends
Wawrinka worked with Zavialoff since he was 8 years old. "I'm grateful for all the hard work which he invested in me. He was responsible that I won the Junios tournament in Roland Garros and 2 ATP titles (Umag 2006 and Casablanca 2010) and managed to reach the Top 10 in the rankings. He played the central role in my career and I'm very grateful for this."
Reason for the split is not known
Reasons for the split during the season weren't named by Wawrinka, but one of it was probably that the 25years old lately stagnated. He didn't managed to return back to the Top 10 in 2009 and after the first half of this season and the 1st round loss in Wimbledon the tendency is not looking promising despite the 2nd tournament victory in April in Marocco. Already one year ago media advised Wawrinka to split from Zavialoff.
It's not known when Stanislas Wawrinka can present his new coach. His next tournaments will be the Masters-1000-Events in Toronto (from 9th August) and Cincinnati (16th August). He is going to miss the Swiss Open in Gstaad this summer for the first time.
German source: http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/sport/...1.6268242.html
06-27-2010, 07:59 PM
thanx for the article!
aww, changing of coach for the first time ever... if it's good for him...wish he finds a new coach rapidly, and shines again! go bb Stan! :bounce:
06-27-2010, 08:01 PM
Hope it's a good decision and that they are still on good terms.
06-27-2010, 09:40 PM
I hope it works. :unsure:
07-14-2010, 04:47 PM
According to Swedish media Peter Lundgren will be Stan's new coach :)
Translation via google:
Swedish coach Peter Lundgren, the star has a new mission:
Help Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka back to top 10.
- I'm terribly motivated, "says 45-year-old to Sportbladet.
Peter Lundgren - who among other things, has coached world ones Roger Federer, Marat Safin and Marcelo Rios - was contacted by Stanislas Wawrinka for a couple weeks ago and did not require further consideration before he accepted the job training.
- When I asked what he needed help, he replied that he would return to the top 10. It is such a thing you want to hear as a coach. He is justified and when it becomes terribly fun to work, "says Peter Lundgren.
Stanislas Wawrinka was världsnia 2008, but has now fallen to 26th-place ranking. The negative trend was 25-year-old coach to change for the first time in his career. Since the age of eight, he has been trained by Dimitri Zavalioff.
The contract with Peter Lundgren case, to begin with, years out.
- He needs to hear a new voice and new ideas. I'll try to get "Stan" to become more aggressive in his game, "said Lundgren.
Tomorrow he goes to Lausanne to launch cooperation with Wawrinka, who has two ATP titles and an Olympic gold in doubles on the merit list. The team also includes fitness coach Pierre Paganini, Lundgren has worked with over the years with Roger Federer.
- This will be fun. It feels like I'm coming back to the roots, "said Peter Lundgren, who was employed by the Swiss tennis association before he was Roger Federer's personal trainer.
"Do not fight"
Lundgren worked previously with Grigor Dimitrov, who was called "the new Federer" but has not lived up to expectations.
- He fought not at the matches and I was not very motivated at the end. I wanted to see more hunger. "Stan" to return to the top 10 and there are things I should do. I will do everything for him to do that, "said Peter Lundgren.
Swedish source: http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportblade...icle7467079.ab
07-29-2010, 12:33 AM
I can't wait to see what changes it will bring to Stan's game!! I wish his coach could help him to reinforce his mental strength, coz that's often what fails him!!
can't wait to have news of Stan too!! and of him with his daughter :baby:
07-29-2010, 12:37 AM
could be interesting
08-05-2010, 08:40 AM
Stan lost in the second round agst Nalby at the Washington tournament, 1-6, 3-6 :mad::mad::mad:
08-16-2010, 05:43 PM
Great job against Amalgro!!
(I couldn't find a thread for this~~~so I just put it here) :)
08-18-2010, 06:12 PM
Great job against Amalgro!!
(I couldn't find a thread for this~~~so I just put it here) :)
what what?? in which tournament? I was away in holiday and couldn't follow him...
01-04-2011, 07:06 PM
Apparently Stan Wawrinka came home after DC, packed his bags and left his wife. He also split with his long time coach at the same time.
The entire news for those who can read french. :eek:
01-04-2011, 07:13 PM
In 2010, Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss tennis great hope and great friend of the master Roger Federer with which he brought back the Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, has not only experienced separation with his coach (Dimitry Zavialoff, replaced by Peter Lundgren). He also separated Vuilloud Ilham, whom he married Dec. 15, 2009 and with whom he had welcomed a daughter, Alexia, born February 12, 2010.
At 25, after a distinguished career as a junior (crowned by two titles at Roland Garros), Stanislas Wawrinka is firmly installed in the top 20 of ATP, although still chasing his first major success on the pro circuit : apart from two victories in tournaments small scale, it caught a few final prestige (Stuttgart, Doha, Rome) without ever turning the test.
Early on the courts, Wawrinka has also been in his personal life, marrying at age 24 with Vuilloud Ilham, a former model and TV presenter on TSR in Switzerland, and becoming in the wake Dad.
The young woman of 36 years has explained to the Swiss 20 Minutes about the circumstances of this separation, decided just before Christmas. Starting with an update: Contrary to information put forward by Blick, who revealed their breakup, Ilham has not moved with her daughter. "He is gone," she says, explaining that less than a year after their marriage and seven months after the birth of their daughter, her husband has suddenly become "unrecognizable" since he new coach: "He left us with Alexia on September 20 last, when he returned to the Davis Cup. He told me verbatim:" Since I have my new coach, I changed, I other needs, other desires. Tennis is my priority once more. I have five years, I will devote myself fully. "
Stanislas Wawrinka, who had indicated he would deliver a comment, confirmed that version, saying simply: "We'll just make the little suffers least from this situation."
Unfortunate that Stan has not been able to follow the example of his elder Roger Federer, world number two, but also husband and father of twins filled. Especially Ilham, in 2008, said he has changed a lot, for good, for the sake of his marriage and career of his beloved (see his confidence in the then Swiss Morning here). Stanislas Wawrinka has changed, too ...
01-04-2011, 10:03 PM
Tenniswise this looks good. Everything on tennis now!
01-05-2011, 06:41 AM
I hadn't liked the fact that he married and had a child so young, but I don't like that either....I'm still under the choc...I mean WHAT THE FUCK. that's sad for their child. :(
01-05-2011, 06:49 AM
I'm desappointed by him. that's so brutal...
anyway, it's his business :/
Stan's twitter, 17h ago:
I would like to announce my separation with my wife Ilham Vuilloud. Our main concern now is to look after the best interests and education of our daughter Alexia.
01-27-2011, 03:19 PM
Does anybody recognize the character to the left? ;-) BTW, the name of the game is Top Spin 4...
07-10-2011, 07:57 PM
Ilham Vuilloud (36) was in Bern for Davis Cup Switzerland/Portugal. She was sitting in the player box with daughter Alexia (17 months), Stan’s parents Wolfram and Isabelle and Stan’s sister Djanaée (23).«It was a great joy, I could see my daughter before the match. It gave extra-motivation!» said Wawrinka
I need to let my fans know Peter Lundgren and I won't be working together anymore. He played a major role in my career and I am deeply grateful. We have had a lot of success and fun working together, I can't thank him enough.
09-20-2011, 12:07 PM
Swiss media writes that Stan and his wife might be together again. She was not only at the Daviscup in Bern but also at the tournament in Gstaad where she went to have dinner with her husband every evening.
Apparently Stan and his family go on vacation to Bali now together.
It's in French; I am not quite competent to clean up the Google translate version (though I can plainly see it needs cleaning up). Though we're supposed to be officially bilingual, the minimum French education requirement for Canadians is :o :help:
I can see that it mentions him being fairly satisfied with 2011; understanding that he will always have to be a hard worker; indicating that it's hard to be judged in comparison to Federer rather than on his own merits, and pointing out that he is similar to David Ferrer and how he has to be in the shadow of Nadal.
He also says he got a tattoo last summer with his daughter's name. I wish we could see it ;)
Nice photo with the article
12-20-2011, 10:53 PM
He also says he got a tattoo last summer with his daughter's name. I wish we could see it ;)
Thanks for mentioning the article in here :)
There was a short summary of the article in Swiss media as well. You already mentioned that he spoke about Roger in it. Here's a bit more what he said:
"My results are unimportant. I'm going to get compared with Roger anyway all the time. That bothers me, especially in Switzerland. You can't compare anyone with Roger - he is the best tennisplayer of all time. He broke all records and will continue to break them. I'm the worldnumber 17. Only a few Swiss athletes - I think about football players and icehockey players - are that successful in their sport."
Apparently the tattoo isn't only Alexia's name but also a print of her hand when she was 21 months :)
The picture of Stan is really gorgeous. He should smile more often :)
02-06-2012, 11:41 AM
An interview in French on Swiss website "Le Temps", I have no time to translate it but it's quite interesting.
To sum-up :
- Lundgren brought him some technical points but his mental evolution is more related to his personal evolution ; he says it's good that he currently has no coach as he can think more about his game by himself but it seems that it will not last very long ;
- he says that his main dream is winning Davis cup and playing the WTF
- he says that they have had very good relationships inside Swiss Davis cup team for long but the match in Australia was especially intense and the Olympic Games were good because Roger and him could not hide anything from each other they had to be very honest about everything, they also talked together with Roger about the matches they play against each other, how they lived these matches each other, he says that anyway it's tough for him against Roger because not only it's special relationship but also Roger has the kind of game he likes less
- has questions about how it's tough with the Swiss media, says that it was tough to have his private life on front page and also interestingly he says that they are unfair not only to him but maybe even more to Roger : the Swiss don't realize how lucky they are and don't enjoy enough
- speaks about the share of the Grand slam revenues, that the Slams should give more money to the other federations, it would make a lot of money for small federations.
«Mon rêve le plus fou? Gagner la Coupe Davis»
Propos recueillis par Isabelle Musy
«Mon rêve le plus fou? Gagner la Coupe Davis» A quelques jours de la rencontre Suisse - Etats-Unis à Fribourg, Stanislas Wawrinka se confie. Le Vaudois évoque sa relation avec Roger Federer, le Circuit, mais aussi sa foi en le travail et la ténacité
Le compte à rebours a commencé. Vendredi, Stanislas Wawrinka et Roger Federer entameront leur mission possible: faire tomber les Etats-Unis et s’offrir une place en quart de finale de la Coupe Davis. Depuis son retour de Melbourne, le Vaudois a soigné son épaule blessée et repris l’entraînement intensif. On l’a rencontré entre deux séances, jeudi dernier, au Stade Lausanne de Vidy.
Le Temps: Pourquoi la Coupe Davis est-elle aussi importante pour vous?
Stanislas Wawrinka: C’est le fait de représenter son pays. Je me souviens qu’étant petit, je regardais la Coupe Davis, et pour moi c’était LA compétition à disputer pour et devant son public. Je vis comme un privilège le fait d’y participer.
– Vit-on l’événement plus intensément du fait que cela tranche avec la notion de sport individuel qu’est le tennis le reste du temps?
– C’est sûr. On est tout le temps «seul» sur les tournois. Alors on aime le fait de pouvoir se retrouver en équipe avec des potes. On s’entend tous très bien et on est faits tous pour être en équipe. On le voit quand on se retrouve. On est contents de pouvoir plaisanter et s’entraîner ensemble pendant la semaine. Il y a une autre ambiance et ça crée aussi une autre envie.
– Que ce soit à Berne contre le Portugal ou à Sydney contre l’Australie, on a senti une complicité accrue entre vous et Roger Federer…
– La complicité a toujours été là mais c’est vrai que l’Australie, ce fut particulier. On le sentait tous, c’était la rencontre à ne pas perdre. Roger a 30 ans, il ne va pas jouer encore dix ans, et on sait que si on veut avoir une chance de faire quelque chose, on ne peut pas tout miser sur une seule saison. On savait qu’on ne pouvait pas se permettre de perdre encore une année à redescendre pour remonter ensuite dans le groupe mondial l’année d’après. Surtout pour disputer deux rencontres et un match de barrage sur une année 2012 déjà bien chargée avec les Jeux olympiques. Ça nous a mis une pression supplémentaire mais ça a aussi eu comme conséquence qu’on était encore plus les uns derrière les autres, très soudés.
– Allez-vous retrouver à Fribourg ces liens forts?
– On va de toute façon retrouver ça. C’est l’avantage d’une équipe où on est amis à la base. Chaque fois qu’on se revoit, on n’a pas besoin de temps d’adaptation. C’est comme si on s’était quittés la semaine passée. On ne cherche pas à avoir une bonne ambiance, elle s’impose naturellement à nous.
– Est-ce que le fait d’avoir gagné le double aux Jeux de Pékin a renforcé vos liens avec Federer?
– Ça nous a rapprochés, c’est clair. Par le temps qu’on a passé ensemble, par l’expérience vécue mais aussi parce que pour remporter un tournoi de double de cette importance – avec beaucoup de pression et de gros matches comme celui contre les frères Bryan, – on ne peut pas se permettre de se mentir sur le terrain. On ne peut pas cacher à l’autre ses émotions, sinon on n’est pas correct. Quand ça ne va pas, quand on a peur de gagner, quand on ne sent pas bien ou qu’on mouille, on est obligé de le dire et d’ouvrir la porte à l’autre pour qu’il puisse nous aider. Et cette sorte de mise à nu nous a beaucoup rapprochés. Sur le terrain, on formait une équipe désireuse de gagner. On n’était pas deux joueurs de tennis qui s’adaptent un peu et font leur truc sans se montrer leurs émotions. Chose que l’on voit souvent sur les tournois.
– Comment vivez-vous cette relation à Federer et le fait que vos face-à-face sur les Grands Chelems renvoient à l’éternelle peur du grand frère?
– (Il sourit) L’année dernière, perdre quatre ou cinq fois m’a fait mal. Il m’a bien coupé des tournois. On se connaît trop bien. S’affronter, c’est particulier pour moi mais aussi pour lui. On en a déjà parlé. Après, il est numéro trois mondial et moi 27e. Donc sur le papier, il est favori et je dois perdre. Malheureusement pour moi, il a le jeu que j’aime le moins. Si on ne tient pas compte du personnage, des quatre premiers, c’est celui que je déteste le plus affronter. Parce qu’il varie, prend les balles tôt et me connaît par cœur.
– Vous parlez des quatre premiers. On les retrouve souvent en demi-finales des Grands Chelems...
– (Il coupe) Ce sont les plus forts.
– A un niveau aussi élevé, qu’est-ce qui fait la différence? Qu’ont-ils que n’ont pas les joueurs entre la 5e et la 30e place, pourtant très bons?
– Du 8e au 20e ou 30e, on est très bons mais les quatre premiers sont vraiment au-dessus. Ils le sont au niveau du jeu et physiquement. Ils ont réponse à tout, trouvent rapidement les solutions. Et mentalement, avec la confiance des résultats, ils sont beaucoup plus forts. Ils savent qu’ils vont encore mieux jouer dans les moments importants, qu’ils vont gagner et qu’ils vont arriver en demi-finales.
– En Suisse, les gens n’ont-ils pas tendance à oublier que Federer est exceptionnel…
– C’est clair. Ils ne se rendent pas compte. Mais le jour où Roger ne sera plus là et où moi j’arrêterai aussi et qu’il n’y aura plus de joueur, ils regretteront de ne pas avoir profité de ce qu’on a pu apporter. A l’étranger, les gens mesurent mieux la dimension de Roger. Pour l’instant, tout le monde le dit, c’est le plus grand joueur de tous les temps. Il a presque tous les records, il a réalisé des choses incroyables. Ce qu’a fait Djokovic l’année dernière – et c’est sensationnel –, Roger l’a fait deux ou trois ans.
– Vous n’êtes pas toujours reconnu à votre juste valeur parce que vous venez du même pays que Federer…
– Oui. C’est la réalité. Ça fait partie de ma vie et de ma carrière. Je l’ai toujours dit, pour moi c’est une chance sur le plan professionnel de «cohabiter» avec lui. J’ai beaucoup appris à son contact et continue à le faire. Qui ne rêve de pouvoir s’entraîner avec lui, jouer la Coupe Davis et les Jeux olympiques avec lui? Ce sont des expériences qui aident à progresser. Après, c’est sûr que si les gens ne se rendent pas compte de la chance d’avoir un Federer en Suisse et de sa valeur, alors moi, derrière, qu’est-ce que je suis?
– Mais en souffrez-vous?
– Souffrir, c’est un bien grand mot. Disons que parfois je trouve ça injuste. Le tennis est le troisième sport le plus populaire au monde, il y a des millions de personnes qui y jouent et arriver 50e, 30e, 20e ou 10e mondial est déjà extraordinaire. Alors quand on voit qu’en 2008, tout le monde écrivait que Roger était fini parce qu’il est descendu à la deuxième place, on se dit que les gens ne réalisent pas bien ce que ça représente. Dans d’autres pays, comme l’Italie ou la France, quand un sportif gagne quelque chose on en fait le roi du monde et, quand il perd, on l’enterre très vite. Il y a les deux extrêmes, mais cela suscite des réactions passionnées. En Suisse, on reste sur une ligne médiane. C’est bien, pas bien, sans plus.
– Vous êtes timide et réservé et on a le sentiment de ne pas bien vous connaître…
– C’est vrai que je suis un peu timide. Je ne me livre pas trop. Mais les conférences de presse d’après match ne favorisent pas l’épanchement. Parce que la plupart des journalistes ont déjà leur article en tête avant de vous avoir parlé. Ils ont analysé le match à votre place en s’appuyant sur les statistiques et ne cherchent pas à comprendre ce qui s’est passé. Alors à quoi bon se livrer et parler plus? Si je dis que j’ai mal, je passe pour la pleureuse qui se cherche des excuses et si je perds contre un joueur moins bien classé, je suis nul et me suis mal entraîné. C’est caricatural mais c’est une des raisons pour lesquelles je suis peu bavard en conférence de presse. C’est bête, j’ai tort sûrement mais ça ne me fait même plus rire.
– Vous vous décrivez comme un bosseur sans talent. N’en faut-il pas quand même un peu pour gagner Roland-Garros junior et arriver là où vous êtes?
– Oui sûrement. Mais qu’est-ce que le talent? On utilise ce terme quand on voit un jeune de 12 ou 13 ans qui naturellement tape très bien dans la balle. Moi je n’ai jamais gagné un championnat suisse. Et à 13, 14 ou 15 ans, je n’étais pas dans les 20 premiers Suisses de mon âge. Donc on ne peut pas dire que j’ai du talent. En revanche, j’ai le talent du travail. Celui qui consiste à être capable de se lever à 7h, de venir ici à 8h et de se retrouver à 8h30 sur le court en train de bosser tout seul. Quand tu fais ça tous les jours depuis dix ans, c’est une forme de talent. Tout dépend de la manière d’interpréter ce mot. Je crois au travail et au fait de laisser le temps au temps. Dans la vie de tous les jours, je suis impatient, mais dans le tennis je sais attendre que le travail porte ses fruits.
– Vous dites que vos origines campagnardes ont peut-être nourri cette détermination…
– Oui, je pense que mon enfance, le fait d’avoir été fils de paysan et d’avoir côtoyé des personnes handicapées (ndlr: ses parents s’occupent de la ferme d’un centre curatif), crée un caractère différent de quelqu’un qui vit en ville ou dans une famille plus aisée. C’est ma force de caractère. Toujours me battre et, quand ça ne va pas, passer par le travail, ne pas se plaindre et se chercher des excuses. Toujours se remettre en question et persévérer en se disant qu’un jour ça passera.
– Il s’est passé beaucoup de choses dans votre vie depuis un an et demi: séparation avec Dimitri Zavialoff, victoire contre Murray, passage avec Peter Lundgren, remous sur le plan privé. Cela a-t-il accéléré votre maturité?
– Lorsqu’on vit ce genre d’expérience sur le plan professionnel et privé, dans la vie en général, on mûrit un peu plus vite. Mais ça ne m’a pas fait non plus mûrir du jour au lendemain. Je savais où j’allais. Mais j’avais besoin de changement, de prendre un autre entraîneur, puis d’être seul. J’ai commencé à prendre plus de décisions. Maintenant, je pense savoir ce que je veux et avec qui, et je prends le temps de trouver un entraîneur correspondant à ce que je recherche.
– Paul Annacone nous disait que travailler sans coach vous aiderait à mieux sentir le jeu par vous-même…
– C’est vrai. Même si, quand on est avec un entraîneur, on essaie de sentir les choses par soi-même. Mais le fait d’être seul vous oblige à prendre les décisions par vous-même, à les assumer seul et à ressentir vraiment ce qui se passe sur le jeu. Après le match, on se retrouve seul dans le vestiaire à analyser. Ça ne pourrait pas marcher sur le long terme, mais sur quelques mois ça fait beaucoup de bien, ça aide à mieux cerner sa façon de jouer et ce qu’on veut améliorer. Avec un entraîneur, on donne son avis mais c’est un échange, alors que là on met tout sur la table et on réfléchit à ce qu’on prend, à ce qu’on a bien fait, mal fait. On cherche à savoir si on a tenu sa ligne par rapport aux entraînements.
– Avec le recul, que vous a apporté Peter Lundgren?
– Techniquement, pas mal de choses, des petits détails.
– Mentalement, on a l’impression que vous avez progressé…
– Oui mais ce n’est pas dû à Peter (Lundgren). C’est le fait d’avoir pris des décisions professionnelles très difficiles. Me séparer après douze ans d’un entraîneur (Zavialoff) qui m’avait amené dans le top ten n’a pas été évident. Il faut être sûr de soi. Ces choix m’ont fait mûrir, m’ont mis dans un autre état d’esprit et permis d’évoluer mentalement.
– A quoi aspirez-vous? Quels sont vos rêves les plus fous?
– Mon rêve le plus fou, gagner la Coupe Davis. Et aussi participer au Masters.
– Comment avez-vous vécu le fait de voir votre vie privée déballée dans les journaux?
– Quand on est une personnalité publique, on sait que ça fait partie du jeu. Mais, pendant toute ma carrière, je n’ai jamais utilisé ça, je n’ai jamais parlé de ma vie privée. Ce qui m’a fait mal, c’est de tout à coup être beaucoup plus à la une des journaux avec ça qu’avec mon titre olympique ou mon entrée dans le top ten.
– N’avez-vous pas été tenté de vous défendre?
– Je n’avais pas à me défendre. Pour moi, ça a toujours été clair que je n’allais pas parler de ma vie privée. Je n’avais pas envie de dire quoi que ce soit.
– La vie sur le Circuit, les voyages, les hôtels, ça fait à la fois rêver et peur…
– C’est une chance mais ce n’est pas aussi idyllique qu’on peut l’imaginer. Les gens se disent qu’on gagne beaucoup d’argent, qu’on joue devant 15 000 personnes et qu’on dort dans les plus beaux hôtels. C’est une des réalités mais ce n’est pas facile tous les jours. Je ne me plains pas, j’ai conscience de ma chance et j’en profite au maximum sachant qu’une carrière est courte. Mais il est vrai que quand on voyage dix à douze mois dans l’année, ce n’est pas évident d’avoir une famille. Pour la vie sociale, pour tout, ce n’est pas simple à gérer.
– Partagez-vous l’avis des joueurs qui revendiquent un calendrier moins chargé?
– Le tennis est un sport très difficile. C’est le seul dans lequel on fait deux fois le tour du monde par année et où on a au maximum un mois et demi de pause. Et pendant ce mois et demi on doit se préparer pour le premier Grand Chelem de la saison. C’est très chargé mais c’est difficile de changer les choses. Certains veulent réduire le calendrier mais font trois ou quatre semaines d’exhibition pour gagner beaucoup d’argent. Pourquoi enlever des petits tournois où les joueurs de la 40e à la 100e place peuvent gagner des points pour permettre à d’autres de gagner des millions sur des exhibitions? C’est compliqué. C’est un sport individuel et les intérêts des uns ne sont pas ceux des autres. Cela dit, le Circuit s’améliore et depuis quelques années les tout meilleurs essaient de faire bouger les choses et cela pas que dans leur propre intérêt, en pensant aussi aux autres.
– Et les revendications concernant les Grands Chelems?
– Les joueurs ne touchent que 13% des recettes des Grands Chelems. Du coup, les fédérations française, anglaise, américaine et australienne récupèrent des millions à investir dans le tennis et la relève. Je suis favorable à une distribution plus juste. Que l’on redonne plus aux joueurs – dans tous les sports, c’est minimum 40% –, mais surtout que cela profite à plus de pays. La Suisse, qui n’a pas la chance d’avoir un Grand Chelem, n’a pas de revenu. Il faut redistribuer à toutes les fédérations. Qu’ils fixent un pourcentage. Par exemple, décider que la Suisse qui a deux joueurs dans le tableau touche 2%. Distribuer 200 000 par tournoi à chaque fédération, ça ne coûterait pas beaucoup aux Grands Chelems, en revanche pour ces petits pays, cela ferait un revenu de 800 000. C’est énorme. Ça changerait tout le budget pour la relève en Suisse, à Chypre ou ailleurs.
cool! thanks for posting. :) I wish my French were a bit better :help:
02-12-2012, 09:21 AM
Stan and his wife have gotten back together :)
07-26-2012, 11:41 PM
A comment from former Swiss player Michel Kratochvil about Stan (I translated it from German to English):
"Wawrinka suffers from Federer"
It was a secret for a long time but now it is known that Stanislas Wawrinka is going to be the flag bearer at the opening ceremony in London for the Swiss delegation.
Due to his retiring manner he doesn't seem to be the typical flag bearer but he has absolutely deserved it. Of course we have more known athletes but he has always played for his country in the past, didn't miss a Davis Cup match and was nearly always participating at Swiss tournaments.
The election is also deserved because Stan has won Olympic Gold 4 years ago. Personally I found the communication a bit unlucky as it sounds now like Wawrinka is only the second choice due to Federer's refusal. Maybe it could have been communicated a bit better from Swiss Olympic.
I'm happy for Stan because he will finally take centre stage. His difficult situation is well-known. He stands always in the shadow of Roger Federer and his achievements are compared to the ones of Roger. The problem is that Roger is simply not a suitable benchmark.
In a few years we will be glad to have Wawrinka after Roger has retired. People always forget that there has been an exceptional situation in Swiss tennis in the last years: From Hlasek over Rosset until to the current generation with Roger and now Stan - for a small country like Switzerland this is everything but a matter of course.
Of course Wawrinka can also benefit from Roger. But I think that he suffers from it way more. There are disadvantages: May it be marketing, sponsors or just the attention of the media - Stan always plays the second fiddle.
Of course his inconsistency also doesn't contribute to his popularity. Wawrinka can trouble every top player on a good day but also regulary has inexplicable lapses. That sometimes looks quite unmotivated for the neutral viewer.
Stans level absolutely depends on his mood. In my opinion the reason why he is so inconsistent is because of his environment.
I also think that it would be really good for Stan to have a coach. With Dimitri Zavialoff he had a reference person at his side for a long time. Peter Lundgren has also been a very sociable guy. A coach isn't just there to improve your game but also to do organizationally things and is very important as a reference person.
Roger has been successful without a coach some may say now. I have to state again that you can't use Roger as a benchmak becuase he is an absoultey ecxeption.
I really hope that Stan will be able to make a step forward again. Maybe a new coach would be the solution for him. Maybe it will be Roger's retirement one day which will untie the knot. He has trouble for sure to stand in Roger's shadow the whole time.
There was a really nice interview with Stan in a Swiss magazine and I thought it was worth to translate it.
Stan – the lonely fighter
Stan Wawrinka belongs to the elite in a world sport. The silent guy from Lausanne talks in this interview about his solo-tour, a wrong image and the feelings for his little daughter Alexia.
Interview by Christian Bürge
The Swiss know him as the second fiddle behind Roger Federer. As a fighter, as “Marathon-Stan”, as Olympic Winner in doubles in Beijing and flag carrier in London. But what concerns this shy man who has the most beautiful backhand in the whole tennis world? This is a try to bring the reserved man a little bit out of his shell.
Stan Wawrinka, you are known for the Olympic victory but also for many bitter losses. How are you dealing with your frustration? How do you let off steam? Do you destroy a set of rackets?
No, in general I’m not someone who destroys things. After the elimination from the Olympics I went home to my house in Wimbledon for example and was near to a depression. I was listening to music and mulled over the situation.
What kind of music are you listening to then?
When I’m sad I’m listening to quiet music.
It seems like you would like to savour your sadness.
Well, I think you won’t change the evening even with jolly music. It suits more to my mood then. You have to go through it.
Are you actually a lone wolf?
Because you are always travelling alone touring the world. Without your family. Do you never get bored on the flights around the world?
No, not really. I sleep a lot on the travels, watch movies, listen to music. I can unwind between the world on the tour and the one I have at home.
What kind of movies do you watch?
Everything which just runs. I’m not a huge fan of Science Fiction but apart from that it can be everything. On the plane I'm watching movies which I would never watch at home because they are maybe a bit too dumb. But when you are along such a movie can be a nice pastime. 90 minutes which you are just wasting and afterwards you don’t have an idea anymore what you have seen.
How do you travel? First? Business? Economy?
All long flights to America, Asia, Australia on Business Class, the short ones in Europe in Economy as it doesn’t really matter then. It would be wasted money.
So Federer is the only Swiss who can afford the First Class?
No, once I also went First Class with the Swiss Airline. It was when I came back from New York to Switzerland. That was after my Olympic Victory in Beijing. That was top, really perfect. But it was just a waste of all the amenities as I was sleeping the whole time. I was once in a tizzy on a flight to Australia and was watching every movie and played every game. But I was young back then.
Do you get a special treatment on the plane as an Olympic Winner?
Well, they know me at the Swiss. Sometimes I get an upgrade on my European flights. But I think it is okay when they treat me like everyone else.
Roger Federer travels with a whole team and his family. Why don’t you do this?
I also had my coach with me for a long time. Now I have my physio with me on 50% of my travels. My family also starts to travel a bit more now. They were with me in Paris, Gstaad and New York. My manager joins at the Grand Slam tournaments. Roger always had a large team with him and is used to that.
Doesn’t it bother you when you are sitting alone in a hotel room?
No, I just make my thing. It’s not if I’m spending my whole life alone. For example I’m alone for 10 days and then united with my family again. But I don’t have a problem to spend time on my own. I can bear with myself quite good.
Do you see your daughter Alexia via video telephoning like Skype?
No, I’m not a big fan of this. My little one is only 2 ½ years old and when she sees me she doesn’t understands it. I’m a bit afraid that she wants to come over directly to me when she sees me. It’s the same when she sees me on TV. I don’t want it that she cries.
Is she already asking questions where her father is the whole time?
Yes, she is doing this. She actually knows that her father is at work and took the plane. When she sees me on TV she screams into the screen: “Look, papa is working!” And when she sees other tennis players on TV she says that these are papa’s colleagues.
You are online all the time and write many messages on Facebook and Twitter. What does this give you?
I’m doing this for my fans, for all those who support me. They want to see something privately. They love it when I show a picture of my hotel room, of my travels, of the practice court, of the swimming pool. They get another insight into the tennistour that way.
It’s only an illusion as it isn’t that privately in the end.
Yes, that’s true. But like I said: They find it exciting to see me sweating on the weight bench.
How many followers do you have?
2000 to 3000? Not that many. But nevertheless. (Wawrinka is wrong: He has nearly 50 000 followers on Twitter and nearly 30 000 fans on Facebook.) In Switzerland Twitter isn’t known that much. It’s much more popular in the States, in Asia or Great Britain. I like those new media. You always get the news and see what other players are doing.
Every player does image cultivation. What image of you is totally wrong?
Hmm, I have sometimes heard that I appear to be arrogant. Honestly said I’m quite shy and then it seems like I’m arrogant when I don’t look at the people directly or when I just pass them. I would like to know if the people in German-speaking Switzerland really know me. Do they know me?
You get to read much more about Federer. You get interesting in the Davis Cup or in the QF of a Grand Slam.
I thought something like that. They know me in the French-speaking Switzerland. So that’s why my image there is more accurate and better.
You earn a lot of money as a Top 30 player and can afford many things. How important is possession for you?
I don’t have a house or something like that. Of course it is important for me to have a basis for my family. For my daughter. I don’t want to buy a series of expensive cars. But it’s reassuring to know that I could afford this and that.
What’s the most valuable you own?
My apartment in Lausanne. You have a great view on the lake from there. That cost me quite a bit of money I can say.
What car do you drive?
I have a car from a sponsor and drive an Audi Q7.
What does this mean to you?
I like cars and was always interested in them. I like 4x4 vehicles. I need space and comfort.
How often do you think about money?
I don’t have a fixation on money. I never think when I win tomorrow I get 50 000 more. But there are people on tour who know: When I win I have 3750 € more in the pocket.
Do you already know how you will invest your money after your career?
Sure I give a thought to this. I have many ideas what I would like to do. Maybe something goes into the real estates. But I think I’m about to have 5 more years on the tour. So there’s still time for decisions.
Are you afraid of the future?
No, not at all. It inspires me. I know that a have a few good years on the tour left for me. I want to use and enjoy them. After my career I’m still very young and can start a lot of things.
Are you afraid of anything?
No, not even death. It’s part of life. I got richly rewarded and have the luck to live my dream. Fear is not a feeling which follows me.
What makes you most proud?
My Gold medal, without a doubt.
And in life?
My daughter. A children means a lot of work but then there are the little moments in which my daughter smiles at me. That gives you the strength for everything. When I come back from a long travel she wants to have me for herself. Sometimes it is hard because you are totally tired. It is like a second working place but a really nice one. The little one is like a drug to me. That’s also one of the reasons why I can’t skype with her. I could already start crying when my wife sends new pictures of Alexia. So I better don’t do it.
Source of German interview: Schweizer Illustrierte; 37; 2012
There's a picture included in the article which shows Stan with his tattoo of Alexia's name and hand print :)
12-15-2012, 04:06 PM
an article for Stan's preparation for 2013 in december works with Luthi (his part-time coach since march, full-time in december) and Paganini :
He works especially on his forehand, timing and going inside the court.
He also says that he will play 3 or 4 more tournaments in 2013 (apart from the big 4, he was the top-50 player who played the smallest number of tournaments in last years)
04-16-2013, 06:03 PM
Wawrinka Teams Up With Norman On Trial Period
Stanislas Wawrinka has agreed to a trial coaching period with former World No. 2 Magnus Norman. The duo will work together mainly before and during major championships.
Wawrinka has been without a coach for more than 12 months. He said, “I have been eager to work with Magnus for many years now and I’m very excited to finally have that opportunity.
“We will explore our relationship through this test period and I have no doubt it will bear fruit with hard work and dedication. I am excited to learn from his experiences. He is a fantastic coach and was a great player, so I only see an upside to this relationship. He most certainly will add a different dimension to my game.”
Former World No. 2 Norman said, “I hope it will be the start of something very good. As always, it’s important to set the bar high but be humble doing so.”
Norman won one ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the 2000 Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, a few weeks before he reached the Roland Garros final (l. to Kuerten). The Swede had a 12-6 record in tour-level singles finals. In his post-playing career, Norman coached Robin Soderling for two years.
Some more about it. Norman says they'll mainly focus on the mental aspect of the game. Says Stan knows how to play but that there's more to tennis than just forehand and backhand. They'll start with a week of training after Monte Carlo.
Norman along with Nicklas Kulti and Mikael Tillström run the Swedish tennis academy Good To Great in Stockholm for those of you who don't know. They mainly train some of the best Swedish kids but also Grigor Dimitrov. The goal with the academy long term is to become one of the leading ones in Europe and have their own facilities.
05-06-2013, 06:32 AM
Congrats Stan on winning Oeiras, Portugal! :D :aparty: :bounce: :woohoo:
05-11-2013, 03:17 AM
Good win over Tsonga. Good luck in Madrid semis, Stan! :cheerleader:
05-11-2013, 11:52 AM
There is a French interview with Magnus about his work with Stan.
Here's a translation via Google (maybe some of the French speaking users can clarify it a bit more):
"Stan has to feed his killer instinct"
Magnus Norman, how would you describe Wawrinka as a person and as a player?
He is very pleasant to be around, generous personality. I appreciate working with him. It's rewarding. Stan is shy, unsure of himself. This is sometimes seen on a tennis court. He needs to build his confidence. This is a point on which I hope to help, which we have already started working. As a player, he's a talented, already has a successful career behind him. He just lacks some very good results on the big tournaments. But he plays the same time as Roger (Federer), Rafa (Nadal) and Novak (Djokovic), which does not facilitate the task. With them - and also Murray now - it is not easy to break into the Grand Slams. Our goal with Stan, is to achieve something in a major tournament.
This timidity does not grow to be too nice against certain opponents? He sometimes gives the impression of being denied the right to earn unconsciously ...
Absolutely. I had the same feeling as having the opportunity to observe closely. He needs to further develop a killer instinct. Especially during the important points. It should no longer play as "Mr. nice" but that killer instinct. Without changing personality. He just needs to address these key points with a warrior spirit.
It was striking against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monte Carlo. What advice will you give to this Madrid hand (note: he beat the French in three sets in the night from Friday to Saturday)?
Here, the conditions are not the same as Monte Carlo. This is higher altitude here and they will play at night. As before any match, we will be well prepared, discuss the specific points to work together and adopt a strategy. But it is important to focus on the game for Stan. This will be our priority this evening (note: last night). The bottom line is that he can believe in him, in his ability to beat Tsonga. I do not want him to consider a good match. I want him to shows in the match winner.
In Switzerland, Wawrinka is often in the shadow of Roger Federer. Does it did not somewhat inhibited?
Maybe. Roger is unique. He is probably the best player of all time and it is clear that it is not easy to "cohabit" with him. But Stan is Stan. He has a great career. He was in the top 10, top 20 now. If we consider the number of players that are on the circuit, it is already an achievement. But he clearly has the ability and all the weapons to be ranked higher and still get very good results in major tournaments. He is fresh, physically and mentally. I feel he can push even further the performance.
What improvements are you aiming at the technical level?
There are several things for improvement in his game. Obviously, his backhand is world class. Perhaps the best in the circuit. At the right time, however, there is room for improvement. Although it is good. This is not so much the act that can be improved as its positioning on the court at the time of the strike. This is something that we can adjust. As the return of service. He is sometimes hesitant, do not really know whether to stay back to back or forward in the court. We can also work on the service. It has ups and downs. I would like it to be a more solid and constant service. These are small things we can improve on and which we have already begun to work.
Sometimes he shows signs of impatience and will mark the point in two or three keystrokes instead of extending ...
Indeed, we have also discussed this point. I watched it several times. Already when I was the coach of Robin Söderling and Stan played against him. I have a pretty clear idea about it. It's quite a mental aspect of the game. It has to do with his state of mind and pressure management.
The results you achieved with Söderling speak for themselves. What do you aim with Wawrinka?
I do not like talking about myself. I prefer to talk about Stan. We set the bar pretty high. We set goals to achieve, but we prefer to keep them to ourselves. I am convinced that daily work on small things can have a huge impact. Stan played very well since the beginning of the year. He had tight matches against Djokovic in Melbourne, Berdych in Davis Cup or Tsonga in Monte Carlo. Defeats. I think his victory against Ferrer in Estoril brought him a lot of confidence. It is a dynamic success. I hope it will continue. I see no reason why he should not win tonight (note: last night) against Tsonga.
The Djokovic defeat in Australia was painful but didn't it help to take a step forward?
I discussed this with Severin Lüthi who told me that Stan had much better digested this defeat than others. He felt that Stan had a good shot rather than moping. He was able to take the positive of this match and move forward. This surely explains his strong start to the season. There was indeed not that bad in this defeat. It was a match of very high level.
You swapped with Lüthi?
This was a priority on my list. It was important to me because he follows Stan for a long time and knows him better than me. We spent time together here in Madrid, watched two games of Stan together and talked a lot about his tennis. His impact on Stan the past two years was very helpful. I also talked with Pierre Paganini, his physical trainer.
What do you think of his time "solo"?
It was a good thing. Especially as he still had Paganini and Lüthi. Although he is sometimes unsure of himself, Stan is not less determined. He knows what he wants. He did not want to take a coach just for taking one. He wanted the right person, someone you trust.
That person was you and he expected you to be free ...
I am very honored. But I prefer to stay humble. It is not magic. You can not change things overnight. This requires dedication and patience. We started well. He won in Portugal. We also have to face losses and learn from them. But he grew mentally. We are in preparation for Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but it is in a position to do something here (note: in Madrid).
Original source: http://www.lematin.ch/sports/tennis/stan-doit-nourrir-instinct-tueur/story/21146957
05-12-2013, 03:07 AM
Best of luck tomorrow in the final.....I am pulling for you!:) You are playing well.
05-12-2013, 03:59 AM
I will be really happy if Stan wins, he deserves it :)
05-19-2013, 01:48 PM
Nice articles and news. Thanks to everyone who posted interviews, etc.
He will be seeded between 9-12 at the French Open and finally will play a player between 5-8 in the 4th round.
It depends now if Nadal will get that No. 4 spot or/and if Murray will withdraw.
If Nadal wins today or Murray will withdraw or both, Stan has the chance to avoid Nadal, Federer, Nole until the quarters!
05-19-2013, 11:54 PM
There was an interview with Magnus in Swiss media a few days ago and I thought to translate it:
"Maybe we have to set the bar higher"
Magnus Norman, during the victory presentation in Madrid Wawrinka said he didn't knew whether you are that good or if he would only be lucky. What's true?
Luck was surely a part of it. But I don't like to talk about myself and will never like to do it. Wawrinka is inspired due to our common work, he is in form, physically and mentally. He plays well the whole season so far.
We had a great start, just a few days after our first days of practice in Lausanne he won the Portugal Open and now he was in a final again. But we have to try to continue in our way. There is still a lot of tennis to be played.
What went wrong in the Madid final against Rafael Nadal which he lost that clearly?
He was a bit tired. He not just played a lot but he often had to play late in the evening. After the matches against Tsonga and Berdych we weren't back in the hotel until 3 in the morning. It was a tough week. But I expected that he would challenge Nadal a bit more nevertheless.
What could you meanwhile work on?
Wawrinka learns quickly, he immediately adapts what I say. I have the feeling that he already plays his forehand better. Most important is though that he gains more confidence. Victories against topplayers as Ferrer, Dimitrov, Tsonga and Berdych are helpful for him.
Does he have way to less selfconfidence compared with his abilities?
For sure. But he is ranked in the Top 10 now and deserves it because he is a very strong player. The main focus in our work is that he believes in him more and plays the big points good. He is on the right way and already made big progresses. For example against Tsonga: He was nervous there in the TB of the 2nd set, missed 3 MPs but then he came back and won the 3rd set.
Are you also a mental coach?
No, but we talk a lot about such topics. I say him for example how I felt as a player, things like that. Wawrinka is a bit shy and unsecure in his personality.
What can we expect from him in Rome? Couldn't this tournament be too much for him since he played 10 matches in 11 days?
He played a lot indeed but I think that he can have some good results in Rome as he doesn't have to play on Monday.
What do you think he is capable of doing in Paris?
The French Open are far away. At the Moment we don't think about Paris. We concentrate on match by match. There are so many good players...
But everything is possible. Wawrinka is one of those players who can beat nearly everyone on a given day. He is good on every surfaces, even on grass.
He tried to get you as a coach since more than a year. Why did it just work now?
Because it fits better into my Agenda now. We have twin girls who are 1 1/2 years old and therefore I wasn't ready to travel before. Now they are going into the day nursery in Stockholm soon. That means I'm a bit more free.
Can you imagine to travel with Wawrinka the whole time?
Not at the moment. I have also other commitments, my tennisacademy in Stockholm. That's why I won't be in Rome. But Wawrinka is very important for me. We are going to meet next week in Paris in order to prepare for Roland Garros.
You had to retire already with 27 years. Are you able today to play tennis again?
It's not a Problem to play from time to time. I already practiced with Wawrinka already, in Lausanne and Madrid.
You got known as the coach of Robin Söderling who you lead into the final of Paris and into the Top 5. With whom did you also work?
Firstly I build up the academy and worked with Juniors, then one year with Thomas Johansson. I also worked with him when he lost with Aspelin at the Olympic Games in Beijing in the final against Wawrinka/Federer.
Wawrinka had a Swedish coach before with Peter Lundgren. Did you contact him?
No. But I talked a lot with Severin Lüthi and also Pierre Paganini, his Fitness coach.
Wawrinka achieved many goals in the last 2 weeks: a tournament victory, several victories against topplayers, the return into the Top 10. Which are your new goals now?
We have goals, yes. (laughs) But we decided to keep them for ourselves. Our main focus is to develop him as a player. But maybe we have to set the bar a bit higher indeed.
Original source: http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Vielleicht-muessen-wir-die-Latte-bei-Wawrinka-hoeher-legen-/story/22178114
05-21-2013, 03:01 PM
following Rome injury, Stan is doubtful for Roland Garros but if it's OK -green light from his doctor- he will travel to Paris on Wednesday.
Thanks TNX1, here are more infos about that what you said:
According to Swiss Media hs is not 100% sure that he will play the French Open.
According to BAZ newspaper:
"Seit meinem Forfait in Rom habe ich kein Racket mehr berührt und werde dies vor Donnerstag auch nicht tun", erklärte Wawrinka, der gemäss eigener Aussage an einem "kleinen Muskelanriss" leide.
Heute Mittwoch nach dem Termin bei seinem Arzt, bei welchem er geiwsse Tests durchlaufen werde, wisse er mehr, so der 28-jährige Waadtländer."
"Im schlimmsten Fall ergibt sich eine Absenz von mehreren Wochen oder gar mehreren Monate."
He is still optimistic that he will play the French Open.
He said he needs only two days for training in before.
He has not played tennis since Rome.
He sais himself that he has a "kleiner Muskelanriss" (maybe someone can say the right term in english)
06-23-2013, 08:42 PM
:wavey: in the last L'illustré, it's in French.. Stan Happy Again!
Why do I always get excited like a giggly little school girl and get a bit tingly down below every time I see this beautiful creature step on the tennis court? :explode: His wife is one lucky woman. :p
07-10-2013, 07:47 AM
are they together again?
07-10-2013, 07:35 PM
Yes, Stan announced himself in Swiss media last February that they are together again :)
07-24-2013, 04:59 PM
FEARLESS WAWRINKA JUMPS AHEAD OF GSTAAD
Gstaad, Switzerland • by ATP Staff | 21.07.2013
Stanislas Wawrinka prepared for his 10th appearance at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad with a parachute jump in the Bernese mountains on Sunday.
The World No. 10, who had jumped once before, admitted, “At the beginning of the flight we were talking quite a lot, but just before jumping you obviously have to focus and you stop talking.”
Having landed safely, Wawrinka added, “It was a great experience. Of course, you get very nervous just before jumping off the plane but once you are in the air it’s a great feeling.”
09-05-2013, 07:42 PM
Wawrinka Blossoms While Federer, His Friend and Countryman, Falters
By BEN ROTHENBERG
Published: September 5, 2013
MiniPeople.ch, a comic strip spoofing Swiss celebrities, on Wednesday showed a caped superhero, with “RF” on his chest, fleeing New York. In the final panel, he was replaced by a new hero: Iron Stan.
“Stan” referred to ninth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who will face third-seeded Andy Murray, the defending champion, in the United States Open quarterfinals Thursday afternoon. “RF” was Roger Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam winner, who meekly exited the tournament Monday in the fourth round, falling in straight sets to Tommy Robredo.
For the first time in Wawrinka’s 35 career Grand Slam appearances, he has advanced further in the draw than his countryman Federer. It is the culmination of a year in which Wawrinka has climbed while Federer has faltered.
Wawrinka convincingly won his fourth-round match Tuesday, beating No. 5 Tomas Berdych in four sets.
“I feel this year for sure many things changed for me, and unfortunately Roger is not playing that great in this year, so that’s why it changed a little bit,” Wawrinka said. “But for me, Roger is a great, great friend, first, and he’s the best player ever on the tour so far. I just hope that he will come back stronger. I am playing great, I am the last Swiss guy, but I wish he was still playing, because I like when we play good in the same tournaments.”
Wawrinka said that having a giant of the sport on his side had been helpful.
“A lot of people for many years tell me, ‘Oh, you’re not lucky to have Roger in the same generation,’ ” Wawrinka said. “I always say no. I take the positives.”
He added: “When I arrived, I was young, so for sure I was a little bit behind him. For myself, as a shy guy, it was better. And then I had the chance to practice so many times with the No. 1 player, to have advice from him, to play Davis Cup, to play Olympics. So I can only be thankful for him, that’s for sure.”
Wawrinka and Federer won a gold medal in doubles for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Even in low moments, like the days since Federer’s defeat in this tournament, the two have remained in touch with text messages.
Those texts are meaningful for Wawrinka, but not as much as his communications via Skype with his 3-year-old daughter, Alexia, who remains in Europe with Wawrinka’s wife, Ilham.
“It’s not easy to travel with a kid, especially in the tennis world,” Wawrinka said. “I’m coming here early, I’m coming back late in the night, so I don’t see them too much.”
Wawrinka believes having a family has given him maturity, which has translated into a new level of focus and stability resulting in on-court success.
“I think this year what I do better is when I’m not having a good day, I still play good,” Wawrinka said. “In the past, when I had some bad days, I was playing really bad, and I was losing matches that I should win.”
In a fourth-round match at this year’s Australian Open, Wawrinka played his best but did not win. He led Novak Djokovic before falling, 12-10, in a memorable fifth set. Djokovic went on to win the tournament.
“I think for sure that match helped me for the rest of the year,” Wawrinka said, citing an increase in confidence.
He added: “When I was in the match, I knew I was playing the best player in the world, the best player on hardcourts, and he won the Australian Open there, and was playing the best tennis. And I was staying with him during five hours, playing the same level.”
Wawrinka acknowledged that the sport’s top tier, consisting of Djokovic, Federer, Murray and Rafael Nadal, remained tough to beat.
“I think it’s a fact that the top four won everything in the past many years,” Wawrinka said. “For me, even if this year Roger is struggling a little bit, before that they were much, much better than the rest. That’s for sure, and that’s not a question. We all knew that when they’re playing the best tennis, we have almost no chance.
“But I think that this year, or since a little bit, we have a few players that can break them.”
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka reveals his favourite players to watch, why he loves playing tennis, his greatest sporting moment and more for this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski...
Tennis Inspiration: I like to see [Pete] Sampras play.
Last Book Read: I don't really like to read books. Mostly I read magazines.
First Tennis Memory: Of course I think my first good memory was the 2003 Roland Garros juniors (d. Brian Baker).
Favourite Sport(s) Outside Tennis: I like to watch soccer and also ice hockey because in Switzerland it's very good.
First Car: A blue Kia (blue).
Current Car: Audi.
Favourite Meal: Depends. I eat sushi a lot; it's easy.
Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla.
Pre-Match Feeling: Just before coming on the court [I get] a little bit nervous, of course. But I enjoy this moment.
Greatest Sports Moment: The Beijing Olympic Games, for sure (winning the doubles gold medal with Roger Federer in 2008).
Most Painful Moment: That was when we lost in the 2012 Davis Cup first round to the USA, 5-0.
Favourite Tournament: Roland Garros
Funniest Players Encountered: I think, because he's a good friend, Benoit Paire is quite funny, quite strange on the court. And quite a good person off the court.
Toughest Competitor Encountered: Rafael Nadal.
Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: It's special. It's a game. You play a game, you play with a ball, you play against someone. You're alone on the court. You need to find solutions every day, every match because every match is different."
Favourite Players To Watch: David Nalbandian. Because he's playing so easy. You think he's playing not full and he's just playing with his touch and with his talent. I like to watch him. Andy Murray. Roger Federer, of course.
One Of Your Best Matches: Against Nalbandian in Barcelona in 2008. I won 6-3 6-1 but I was playing unbelievable.
Strangest Match: I haven’t had any crazy matches...I remember one match for sure, against Novak Djokovic this year at the Australian Open. Amazing match, playing five hours.
People Qualities Most Admired: Loyalty. You stay with a person and you never go off.
Series of tough losses have taught stealth Swiss to take positive approach
Originally Published: September 17, 2013
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com
It's not often that a player chooses his own epigram, let alone gets it tattooed it on his left arm.
But it would be tough to sum up Stanislas Wawrinka's season more lyrically than with the words Wawrinka himself chose from Irish playwright and novelist Samuel Beckett earlier this year -- "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better."
"In tennis, as you know, if [you] are not Roger [Federer] or Rafa [Nadal] and [Novak] Djokovic or Andy [Murray] now, you don't win so many tournaments and you always lose," the 28-year-old from Lausanne, Switzerland, said at the US Open. "But you need to take the positive of the loss, and you need to go back to work and still [keep] playing."
Perhaps no player this year has failed better than Wawrinka, who has come up with some stunning performances -- if not always victories.
It all began with his memorable five-set loss to Djokovic at the Australian Open, still a top contender for the match of the year. (Nadal versus Djokovic at the French Open, Wawrinka versus Richard Gasquet at the French Open and Djokovic versus Wawrinka II at the US Open would be among the others.)
In that fourth-round match in Oz, Wawrinka stormed out of the blocks to take a 6-1, 5-2 lead against the top seed, but just as impressive was the way he battled back after losing the second and third sets. He rebounded to win a tight fourth-set tiebreaker and stayed with Djokovic all the way to 12-10 in the fifth. His aggressive shot-making and bold winners sustained over four hours were a revelation.
With his full-swinging one-handed backhand, Wawrinka had also developed a reputation for inconsistency and letting the occasion get to him. Despite losing the match, he was feted in defeat.
That would be the case again two weeks later, as he and Marco Chiudinelli lost 24-22 in the fifth to Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol in a Davis Cup doubles match, allowing the Czechs to hand Switzerland a first-round defeat. At 7 hours, 1 minute, it was the longest Davis Cup match on record. Then came a nervy, three-set defeat at Indian Wells to a hurting Roger Federer, in whose shadows Wawrinka has spent most of his career.
It was after that defeat that Wawrinka tweeted the quotation that has come to define his season. "It stuck with me," he said later.
By spring, the words were inscribed on his skin, though for him their meaning clearly ran deeper. It was the message he had given himself and had been given by his Davis Cup teammates and friends ever since that match against Djokovic.
"A few tough losses at the beginning of the year, but we always said, 'Look, the most important is what you do with that situation,'" said Swiss captain Severin Luthi, who has provided coaching support to Wawrinka. "If you react negative and you go into a mental hole, you won't progress. You have to accept the positive and negative out of it and try to improve; that's all you can do.
"And he was very disciplined in that direction."
Getting to this point had already been a long journey for Wawrinka. Although he wasn't regarded as much of a prospect for most of his junior days, his ranking reached No. 9 in 2008 before slipping outside the top 20 during the next two years. During that time, he married girlfriend Ilham Vuilloud and the couple had a daughter, Alexia.
In a bid to climb back up the rankings in 2010, Wawrinka hired Peter Lundgren, former coach of Federer and Marat Safin, and shortly afterward, Wawrinka upset Andy Murray on his way to the US Open quarterfinals. As 2011 began, news came that Wawrinka was also leaving his wife and daughter, with Vuilloud saying Wawrinka wanted to focus more on his career. By the end of the year, however, Wawrinka split with Lundgren, and last year publicly reunited with his family, embracing his role as a father and getting Alexia's name tattooed on his hand.
But he remained coachless for a year and a half until former French Open finalist Magnus Norman, who now has an academy and previously worked with Robin Soderling, was finally persuaded to come on board this April.
"During that year he had nobody when he stopped with Peter, so he went on a few tournaments alone -- when I could help him, I helped him," Luthi said. "I think that was also helpful for him to learn more about himself.
"But I think it's good he has again someone who he really knows he can rely on."
While new coach Norman has done some tactical and technical work with Wawrinka, he says his main effort has been mental.
"Already before I was starting, he was playing well in Australia," said the former No. 2 at the US Open. "And obviously Stan has been a top, top player for many years, around 20, but in order to have a better ranking you have to perform well in the big tournaments, and he's been a little bit of an underachiever, I think, in the big tournaments before. He's been maybe a little bit nervous and not believing in himself really.
"The most important thing we're trying to work on is confidence. Because Stan is a very nice guy but sometimes a little insecure. We've been speaking a lot about how to handle when he's feeling nervous, and in difficult situations in big tournaments.
''It's not really any secret. It's trying to convince him and make him believe in himself."
Increasingly, it seems to be working. Shortly after Norman agreed to sign on, Wawrinka won the ATP event in Estoril -- an actual victory, finally, and one he points to as important for his confidence. In Madrid, his first official tournament with Norman, Wawrinka reached the final, losing to Nadal. He then came from two sets down to defeat Gasquet in the French Open before again losing to Nadal in the quarterfinals.
The big breakthrough, however, came at the US Open, where Wawrinka defeated No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych and defending champion Murray to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal -- before falling to Djokovic in five sets, again. Like Australia, Wawrinka started by going up a set and a break, but this time led by two sets to one and won a marathon 21-minute game at the beginning of the fifth despite struggling with a leg injury. Failing better, indeed.
His confident ballstriking against the biggest names was what stood out the most. Reflecting on his match earlier in the tournament against Murray, which he won in straight sets without allowing a single break point, Wawrinka said he was pleased with the way he dealt with the pressure.
"Normally I can be a little bit nervous and I can lose few games because of that, but today I was just focus on my game," he said.
Luthi feels the improvements can be seen day to day as well.
"His basic level is better," he said. ''I think he has less really bad matches. And even if he doesn't play great one day, his level doesn't drop as much as before, so that's really positive and that give him the base to play the big guys and play those big matches. I think that's where he really improved."
The question now is where Wawrinka goes from here. His efforts this year have taken him back to No. 10 in the world, and he will spend the next couple of months trying to reach the top eight and secure a spot in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London. His main rival for the last spot at the event is none other than Federer, and the result is also likely to decide who ends the year as the highest-ranked player in Switzerland -- a startling development given that Federer began the year firmly entrenched in the top four and Wawrinka was stationed well outside the top 10.
But Wawrinka is no longer an afterthought, in or out of Switzerland, and showed at the US Open that he can go toe-to-toe with anyone these days. Keep this up, and he might soon have to give succeeding a try.
Wawrinka extends his coaching relationship for the foreseeable future with Magnus Norman
November 28, 2013
The tennis player Stan Wawrinka has confirmed that he will continue working with the former number 2 Magnus Norman who heads up The Good to Great Academy, based in Sweden.
Stan Wawrinka, a former gold medallist in Beijing and the 8th rank player in the world has had the best year of his career to date having made both the Semi-Finals of the US Open and the ATP World Tour Finals.
“I have had one of the best years of my career and I feel that the relationship, trust and confidence I have built over the last 10 months with Magnus has obviously paid off gauging from my results to date” said Wawrinka. “To me, Magnus is without question the right person to guide me through my career. And there is no question, that I truly believe that he is able to help my game and in turn help me progress even further on the tour”
“Stan is an amazingly talented tennis player and a true professional. He is a pleasure to work with and I believe this is just the beginning. We had initially agreed to work on a trial basis but after seeing how well we work as a team it was only natural for me to commit long term” said Magnus Norman. “We have agreed that I will be on the road more than I have been in previous years and I very much look forward to the seasons ahead as I feel that with hard work and commitment Stan has the potential and ability to excel even further.”
Wawrinka: I don't need to win a slam to be a success
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka is coming off the best year of his career, finishing 2013 ranked No 8 and beginning 2014 by winning the prestigious Swiss of the Year award. For so long in Roger Federer’s shadow, Wawrinka kindly took time out from his busy schedule at the Australian Open to share his thoughts with The Tennis Space on his hopes for the future and why winning a grand slam title is not the be all and end all.
Firstly, congratulations on the Swiss of the Year award. How did you hear you’d won?
It was on live TV from here. They told me I was making the top 10 because they do the live show, for the top 10, with a vote and everything. So I found out live on TV because I told them I was OK to do an interview even if I didn’t win, it doesn’t matter. They started at 10, 9, 8, and I finished first. I was surprised. But a big honour.
What other kind of people have won in the past?
Roger won it one year, for sure, Didier Cuche also. I think in the past 10 years, we had seven sportsmen. Because in Switzerland, sports is quite important. They show a good mentality in general, in ski or tennis, it’s quite big.
You had your best year yet. But what’s the difference between you and top few players?
It’s tough to say. I think the gap is still big. The top three is really, really strong. Maybe this year it will change, we don’t know, because I still think the players just behind the top few are pushing, pushing and for sure, one way it will work that’s for sure. But Novak, Andy, Rafa right now are really strong. They are winning every big tournament and that makes the big difference. It’s not only because they win one but all year they are in the final or win. So far I think the gap is big, but in tennis the good thing is you have a chance to change it every week, every tournament. From myself, in the game in general, I am close. I am not saying I’m close to top three, I’m saying I am close to beating them in one tournament. That’s what I am looking for and trying to improve, to get maybe one win or one grand slam against Novak or Rafa. It’s really tough but that’s the big challenge.
Do you need to win a slam to think of yourself as a success?
I think what is not easy in tennis, if you want (too much), you will never be satisfied. But I am quite happy with my career already. I need to tell myself that if I was 16, 17, 18 years old and someone had told me you are going to be top 20 for five years and then one year you’re going to finish top eight, making semi-finals, I would sign straightaway because it was impossible for me. So I am really happy – that’s what I tried to change a little bit last year, to enjoy more. We are losing almost every week and that’s tough in tennis but if you don’t find a positive, if you don’t enjoy, you always feel it’s not enough, not enough. I’m trying to enjoy it, to see the positives but I am going on court every day to practise because I want to improve, I want more, for sure. It would be amazing to get more but I know it can stop tomorrow.
In tennis you lose as much as you win. That must be tough to take. You’re peaking now?
Yes, I think my best is like last year and maybe the next few years, I don’t know how many years. I think tennis and sport in general changed. If you look 10 years ago, everybody was retiring 29, 30, but now it’s completely different, if you look at the generation it’s more like 28 to 30, 32, they play their best tennis. Maybe it’s because it’s more physical now, every player is more professional, with physios and everything.
What do you think about “Fedberg”? (Stefan Edberg helping Roger Federer)
I think it’s great for sure. Stefan was an amazing champion. He was still a little bit in tennis in Sweden, so he’s coming back to the Tour, I think it’s great for tennis in general. I’m sure Roger, if he took him, he feels that he can help in something, maybe one or two things that can make a big difference, and it shows that Roger still wants to win big things because he’s still trying to find ways to do it. Change racket, taking someone else to help him, it’s great. It’s great, Swedish people and players are really nice, really professional and that’s important.
How much has your coach, Magnus Norman helped you?
Yeah, he helped me, he came in April last year. For sure he helped me a lot, he was No 2 in the world, final in grand slam, winning Masters 1000, he did amazing job with Robin Soderling, from 30 to top 5. We’re a little bit similar last year, what I did and what he did with Robin. Robin was better so far, but yeah, I’m really happy. We had more or less the same vision of tennis, we know it all comes from the practice, if you practice well, if you focus well, if you have a positive attitude, your results will maybe come, at least you give yourself the best chance. So far it’s been great.
Did you use a sports psychologist to improve?
No, I think it’s my team in general, more myself, how I develop my mentality. I’m 28 so I’m not thinking the same as I was five years ago. Maybe it’s the right time for me, I’m more mature. I feel good outside tennis with my private life and that’s for sure helped me. Now I think it’s more a package that all together’s been much better.
Do you play better when you’re happy, when things are good off the court?
Yes, in general, yes. You can have one week where you’re not happy off court and still play well but in general, if I feel good off the court and everything’s going well, then you feel better to go practice and feel better in the match. You have less to think about. You can really focus on tennis.