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Wawrinka Interview: For many people, I'm the Swiss guy who loses

Action Jackson
04-15-2007, 08:53 AM
This translation was not done by myself, it was done by Choupi. Yes, I know Wawrinka has his own forum, but he talks about his origins, the injury he suffered and his progress through his career.

For many people, I'm the Swiss guy who loses

Interview by Guy Barbier.

TM: You've been victim of a serious accident on the court, on Feb 8th, before the DC 1st round between Switzerland and Spain, in Geneva. How are you?
SW: During a training session, after the draw, I indeed injured my right knee pretty seriously, on some wrong foot. I've felt the knee slip and I heard some cracking noise. The pain's been really violent, to the point it was almost a shock. I've had some medical test that said that my inside ligament was torn at 2 points. So, I've had to have surgery, on the following morning, at 11am. The surgery lasted for 2 hours. I could have avoided the surgery but it was too risky for a sportsman. It was better on the long term.

TM: How long will you be away from the court?
SW: From 10 to 12 weeks. That's of course a big disappointment. Pretty soon, I'll be able to begin my re-education in swimmingpool. That's really frustrating because I was playing well, I was climbing the rankings. That's my 1st big injury. Physically, the pain's been horrible for the first 2 days. Mentally, that's also some hardship that I'm discovering. At best, I'll be back on the tour for Rome.

TM: Did your compatriot Roger Federer send his sympathy to you?
SW: He calls me every day, even several times (smiles). That's nice.

TM: You're the Swiss n°2 and then, n°2 to the world n°1 Roger Federer. Mustn't be easy to catch some light in such circumstances....
SW: No, that's not really easy. But, as in everything, there's a positive side as well as some negative one. Thanks to him, there's some huge interest in tennis in Switzerland. And me, I have that luck to know him very well now. We're buddies, we can say so. If I need advice, he's always there for me. I know his phone is always turned on and that's precious. Consulting the World n°1, not everybody can do that!! So, imagine being able to do it regularly.......(smiles)

TM: But in the Swiss press, it's bound to be less space for you, all the more now that Martina Hingis also makes the headlines. How do you live this situation?
SW: It's true he gives the impression to take all the place and that's of course the case. As he wins almost all the time, for many people, I'm a bit the Swiss guy who loses (smiles). But when it comes to the media, I'm also the Swiss who stays accessible as, unlike Roger, I don't have many international journalists interested in me (smiles).

TM: His presence isn't too heavy then?
SW: No. The aura of a champion like Federer is even protective for me. I grow up, quietly in his shadow, without big pressure on my shoulders. If you have a look at my ranking evolution, you'll see that I've always had a very regular progression, even a quiet one.

TM: But you're ambitious, despite Federer....
SW: Yes I am ambitious. I've always had my line. I know what I want and I know where I'm going. But he protects me, it's true. I move forward, step by step, without making too much noise.

TM: When we interview Swiss journalists about you, it's always the same words that come along: discreet, shy....Are they right to qualify you that way?
SW: Yes they are (smiles). I'm not somebody who likes to put oneself into the light. I'm pretty reserved, a bit in my corner, in my small stuff. When I was younger, I was very shy, it's true. But I have the feeling I have improved myself on that regard, I have more self confidence.

TM: This exercise of the interview, for instance, is it demanding? During the AO, before your match against Rafael Nadal, we could feel you were extremely defensive while facing the Swiss media.....
SW: The 1st times have been very tough. But it remains sort of exercise and I think it's gonna be this way because of my very reserved personality. It's never easy for me to express myself in front of a lot of people, even if, I repeat it, I think I've improved a lot on that regard (smiles).

TM: Is there a big difference between the guy in its life and the guy on the court?
SW: No, there's some similarity. On the court, I don't play a game. I try to be as natural as possible. Like in my life, I try to be quiet and not show my emotions to the one facing me. Quiet, discreet, peaceful, shy, those are really words that suit me (smiles). And also will, yes, the will.....

TM: We feel a lot of demand...
SW: Yes, I ask a lot from myself. Sometimes too much (smiles). I'm very much a perfectionist, it's true. On the court, I can hurt myself "inside" because I can't hit properly, and this, in a match as well as during trainings.

TM: But, as we say, you never go crazy?
SW: No, I hurt myself inside and I take everything on me. I must have broken 3 rackets last year, 1 a bit silly when training (smiles). When I have a problem, I try to solve it by myself. I keep all in me and it's true it's not necessarily the solution. I should talk more about how I feel. I try to work on that too.

TM: Without mental coach?
SW: Without mental coach. At the moment, my progress's been stopped. And I don't see any reason to add one more person to the team.

TM: You've said it yourself, your career's known a rising pattern and your ranking today allows you to live some great moments. You've already played on the Center Courts of Wimbledon, in Melbourne, on the Suzanne Lenglen in Roland Garros. How do you feel that powerful rising?
SW: That's something I've always dreamed of. I love it when there's crowd. That's to live such moments that I train hard. I'm calm. As I've said, I didn't have an up & down career. All's been very regular so far. And the only time I've had doubts concerning tennis was when I was 12, 4 years after I started to play.

TM: What happened when you were 12?
SW: I had a friend who wanted to play basketball. So I had the idea to imitate him (smiles). But my parents, who wished a certain balance through sport practice, have told me to keep on what I had started.

TM: And you made the choice to quit school very young, at 15, so that you could devote yourself to your sport....
SW: As my school refused to allow me particular times to train more, I've been bound to make this decision. But I didn't quit totally from school as I've kept on my studies thanks to the CNED, which is a French organization. It hasn't been very easy to work alone at home, but I've resisted for several years. With always the same rhythm: 8am-10am: studies. 10am-noon: tennis. 14pm-16pm: tennis. 16pm-18pm: studies.

TM: Who was keeping an eye on you?
SW: My parents, though they didn't need to look much after me, as I was very strict in what I was doing. Otherwise, there was my coach who's still with me today, Dimitri Zavialoff.

TM: At no time you were part of the Swiss training system?
SW: Never. When they offered it, I had already accomplished some good work with my private coach. It was a bit late. I've decided I had more chances to progress thanks to him than to them. It wasn't worth it.

TM: Dimitri Zavialoff is French, from Colmar. How did he enter your personal life?
SW: Our families knew each other for long. His parents and mine were close since they were very young. In fact, they had been seeing each other since they were kids. He had a try in tennis, but he stopped very quickly. When he was coming home for a holiday, he then often took care of me. Then, he went to an Academy that Bob Brett had created, near Lugano. Once this experience stopped after 2 or 4 years, I can't remember, he totally dedicated himself to me. Also a bit with my elder brother who wanted to have a try with me. He's now a tennis teacher for kids, between Lausanne and Geneva.

TM: Dimitri's brother's also part of your team?
SW: Yes, he takes care of my contracts, he negotiates them. Actually, everything got a bit fast for me in Switzerland, since I won RG Junior in 2003. The media got more interested in me and I needed some help to cope well with that other side of my professional life.

TM: That victory at RG has been very important. The solicitations must have become more numerous, all of a sudden.....
SW: Firms like IMG or Octagon have had propositions for me. But I didn't see the point to accept them, as I have the feeling that they don't do much effort for you; if you're not n°1 or n°2, you come last. They have so many players, so many stars. As n°2 in Switzerland, behind who you know, I don't see what they could have offered me (smiles). I needed someone more specific so that I could find some sponsors in Switzerland.

TM: Like Roger Federer, you have that specific that you have very diverse origins....
SW: Actually, I have a double passport, Swiss-German, but I am Swiss, and I have always felt good in my country. My mother's Swiss and my dad's German, given his origins are Czech. It happens that Wawrinka's a Polish name because I had a great grandfather who was living on the border between Poland & Czechoslovakia.

TM: Did you already go there, searching for your origins?
SW: When I was 6 or 7, we drove there. It lasted for about 3 weeks if I remember well. I kept some images on my mind.

TM: Your parents, who weren't in the tennis world, did they support your choice?
SW: They never went against my will. They've always supported my choices even if they weren't playing themselves and even if they were living in a universe totally away from mine today (smiles).

TM: Very far from that indeed....
SW: They run a farm in Switzerland which is actually a social center and curative place. It's just next to a castle from which the farm is only some yards away. It's not theirs, it's owned by the owner of the castel. They run it and handle it.That's a farm where everything is biological. There are vegetables, wheat, they bake bread, without forgetting of course, the animals, the milk. My parents are in charge of the whole production, and, at the same time, they take care of disabled people, sometimes, extremely heavily, who they try to help thanks to the work on the farm. The people live in the castle but work on the farm.

TM: How many years have they been developing this concept?
SW: That's very old as my dad's father was already in this adventure. The castle is owned by an institution that's been developing that insertion process for dozens of years. That's a place I've always known, even though it's changed a bit lately, as there's been some work to renovate the flats and the stables. I've grown up there and I go back there pretty frequently.

TM: So, that was a pretty rural childhood?
SW: Very rural indeed. With my dad, I just loved to go to the fields. Harvesting, that was a real pleasure (smiles). The harvest time.....

TM: Do you still have some spare time to help them?
SW: I go back there pretty often, but now, I am pretty busy in summer (smiles). So I have no time left to harvest with him.

TM: What's your parents temperament?
SW: My dad's quiet, peaceful, he keeps all for him. He doesn't talk too much (smiles). My mum's more expressive. If there's a problem, she'll tend to say it straight.

TM: Growing up among disabled people, that's bound to be an experience for your entire life time.....
SW: Yes, of course. All the more that they are mentally disabled. Some new ones have arrived lately, but there are 11 old mates. Out of the 11, 4 of them were already there when my grandfather was running the farm. The other 7 ones, I have been knowing them for numerous years. Some are 60-70 years old.

TM: Did you tie great bonds with them?
SW: As a matter of fact, yes. I've grown up with them. Now, when I come back to the farm, they tell me that's great because they've seen me on tv. They tell me bravo, you've won! When do you play again? That's crazy because they've seen me when I was a baby.

TM: But were you with them all the time when you were a kid?
SW: No, not all the time. We had our own home. And I was having breakfast and dinner with my parents. But lunch was common. I was eating with all the residents.

TM: Today, you're living in a world that's radically different from the one you used to grow up at the farm.....
SW: That has indeed nothing to do (smiles). The experience I've had at the farm helps me take my distance with all I see and live today. Puts things into perspective. But that doesn't mean it helps me accepting a loss. I won't consider it smaller because I know there's worse in life.

TM: Earlier on, you were saying you're ambitious. What are your goals?
SW: My long term goal, I've never said what it is and I'm gonna keep it for myself (smiles). I've always advanced with reasonable goals per year. In 2007, for instance, I'd like to be part of the best 20. Seems possible for me. As long as I am not in the Top 20, why should I look higher?

TM: You were born in 1985 like Marcos Baghdatis and Tomas Berdych, and so, you're a bit older than those who are talked about a lot, like Rafael Nadal, Richard Gasquet, Gaël Monfils, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray.....Do you feel like you're forgotten when we talk about that generation?
SW: No I have no bitterness as to that. These you're talking about have already done great things, which hasn't been my case so far. At the moment, Nadal is the strongest of all thanks to his results. Winning Roland Garros twice in a row isn't something that anyone can achieve. Otherwise, Gasquet's someone who's always impressed me because of his precocity and his talent (smiles).

TM: We're bound to talk about Roger Federer with you. Some former champions say today that his opponents respect him too much, that they just look at him, playing and winning. What is your opinion?
SW: Me, I tend to say that against Federer, you play better than usual (smiles). Because you have nothing to lose. The respect he causes has nothing to do with that. When I've watched his matches in 2006, I've often thought that the guys he was playing were more inspired than usual (smiles).

TM: You've played him twice. The 1st time was in Rotterdam, in 2004.....
SW: At that time, I didn't know him so well and he hadn't won all those titles he has now. But that was impressive. The stands were full. That was something.

TM: And when did you meet him for the very 1st time?
SW: I was 16 and it was in Bienne, at the Swiss training center. He needed a sparring partner before RG. We had trained for 1h30. He was number 12 at that time, I think. But I was already stressed (smiles). The 1st points had been exhausting. Not because of the effort but because my heart was running 300 (laughs).

TM: It's like, with the years passing by and with glory, he didn't really change.
SW: No. With me, he never was haughty. He never did anything different to have me feel he was above me. He stayed simple. That's even extraordinary to see that.

TM: How's your relation with him today?
SW: It's not easy to describe. Without being pretentious, I think we can say we're buddies (smiles). We call each other often, we also text each other even if most of the time, it's total crap (smiles). It must not be the best way to say it but he's a bit my older brother on the tour. He's always told me his cellphone was on if I needed advice or had questions on some opponents. What's great is that he only gives me advice if I ask for some. He will never interfere intentionally. He lets me come and make the 1st step (smiles).

TM: And do you often call him?
SW: Often, no. But it happened several times last year. I've also asked him for advice on how to handle a career because what's also noticeable with him, it's that he's found a balance on every level. It's like everything is in order, professionally and privately. He's an example also for that.

TM: Were you disappointed that, one more time, he decides not to play the DC 1st round against Spain?
SW: He's got a schedule and I respect that. He's got his priorities and one of them is to remain n°1. At the time, I've been disappointed, but I totally understand his decision. It's not so much that with him, it would be easier, but he would make DC weeks even nicer because we get on very well.

TM: But he wants to win DC. Maybe he's waiting for his n°2 to assert himself which means you, so that he finally considers about aiming this high goal.
SW: Maybe, maybe. Up to 2003 and this semifinal lost against Australia, he was still playing, but maybe he's seen he was too isolated. Yes, he's waiting for a tougher team and also undoubtedly for a calendar which is easier or more adapted to him.

TM: We underlined it, you won RG Junior in 2003.
SW: Yes, and that was the only junior event that I played that year. The junior events, they really didn't have much importance for me. Actually, they had none (smiles). I've played it because it was RG and it was on clay, my fave surface. As a kid, that's the event I was watching the most. I could spend hours in front of my tv. So, I wanted to win at least a title there (smiles).

TM: What are your memories from RG, as a viewer?
SW: I really liked a lot Alex Corretja and so, I remember well, his 2 finals against Moya and Kuerten.

TM: To finish, it seems you've become a character more "people" in Switzerland lately...
SW: (smiles). Yes, because I live with someone who works for Swiss tv. So she's a bit famous in French speaking Switzerland, and she was also a model. She's older than me. When I started to date her, people started to talk a bit (smiles). It's 1 year and a half now that we're together and she brought me a lot of stability. I've found a balance between work and my private life. When I come back home, she's there, and that's good. At the moment, we live in Geneva. But we're trying to come back to Lausanne which is more relax. In Switzerland, you have a very peaceful and quiet life. Like me (smiles). I don't see myself live somewhere else.

jitterbug
04-15-2007, 08:59 AM
Lovely interview :)

atheneglaukopis
04-15-2007, 09:03 AM
Thanks, George: it was a very interesting interview and nice to hear all this from Stan. :)

dijus
04-15-2007, 09:04 AM
nice interwiev, thanks

alelysafina
04-15-2007, 09:06 AM
That's a great interview, Stan seems like such an nice guy, too bad about his injury though. I hope he gets well soon :)

Thanks GWH and Choupi :)

scoobs
04-15-2007, 09:12 AM
Very nice interview - very thoughtful, even, honest and discreet. Very Swiss, somehow.

Allez
04-15-2007, 09:15 AM
Great interview! :worship: This guy's so down to earth & it's great to know that he and Rogi are friends. Soon they will become a formidable DC team. Come back soon Stan :angel:

bokehlicious
04-15-2007, 09:18 AM
Thanks GWH, nice interview :)

tennis2tennis
04-15-2007, 09:24 AM
I met him 7 or 8 months ago he's one the nicest guys...he's really shy and sweet hope he does well

Truc
04-15-2007, 09:27 AM
It's an interview from the French "Tennis Magazine", btw (not this month's issue, the last one).
They often have good interviews.

CooCooCachoo
04-15-2007, 09:51 AM
Great interview :) Thanks for posting.

Oh and the thread title is really leading, framing. It gives a wrong impression of the actual content of the interview.

SLICK
04-15-2007, 09:56 AM
Good stuff :yeah:

Action Jackson
04-15-2007, 10:02 AM
Great interview :) Thanks for posting.

Oh and the thread title is really leading, framing. It gives a wrong impression of the actual content of the interview.

I didn't make the title of the interview.

Corina2605
04-15-2007, 10:17 AM
Thanks for the interview, interesting read :)

stebs
04-15-2007, 10:50 AM
Nice interview.

Saumon
04-15-2007, 11:50 AM
Great interview :) Thanks for posting.

Oh and the thread title is really leading, framing. It gives a wrong impression of the actual content of the interview.

it's the title they had in tennis mag :o

CooCooCachoo
04-15-2007, 12:52 PM
I didn't make the title of the interview.

The title of the interview/thread is leading then :nerner:

Action Jackson
04-15-2007, 12:54 PM
The title of the interview/thread is leading then :nerner:

Don't be a bitch read Saumon's post about the thread title :p

It's a very good interview and Stani talks about a wide range of things and it shows it's possible for journalists to get decent interviews, if they are bothered to do a bit work.

Choupi
04-15-2007, 01:03 PM
Ok. I did the translation. Yes, it's the title that the Magazine picked, not a joke from mine. And, if you read carefully what Stani says, concerning Federer, you should understand why that title. That's pretty simple. But to make it clear, for the lazy ones, Stani considers being, in many ppl's minds, the Swiss player who loses, compared to the other Swiss guy who wins all the time. Well, almost......

Eden
04-15-2007, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the interview Choupi and GWH. It was a real pleasure to read :)

Hopefully Stan will be back on court soon :yeah:

lau
04-15-2007, 02:23 PM
Thanks Choupi for the translation and George for posting it here. :yeah: Really nice interview. And I agree, good interviews are possible if they do the work.

cobalt60
04-15-2007, 03:31 PM
Thanks to both of you Choupi and GW. Fascinating read and good questions by the journalist. Nice to learn more about the players in this way. 2 thumbs up for your hard work Choupi:yeah:

MisterQ
04-15-2007, 04:43 PM
I did not know all that about his interesting background and upbringing. Thanks. :)

GlennMirnyi
04-15-2007, 06:09 PM
I've always liked Stan the man. :D :yeah:

Thanks for the interview, mate.

Merton
04-15-2007, 06:38 PM
Thanks George and Choupi, a nice interview. It is a great pity that Stan misses the clay court season this year, that injury was extremely bad luck for him.

tennisgal_001
04-15-2007, 06:47 PM
Thanks a lot for the interview. It's really nice to hear him speak out like this, very likable personality, really classy.

Grenouille
04-15-2007, 08:03 PM
Thanks!
Who is his famous girlfriend by the way?

Truc
04-15-2007, 08:26 PM
Ilham, afaik - but she's only famouse in French speaking Switzerland.
http://www.lematin.ch/nwmatinhome/nwmatinheadactu/actu_suisse/les_people_sont_vraiment.body.Image.gif

Snowwy
04-15-2007, 08:57 PM
Nice interview :)

Metis
04-15-2007, 09:45 PM
Thanks for the interview! It's interesting to read about players that are not discussed that often in this forum and find out what they themselves have to say.

Kolya
04-15-2007, 10:41 PM
Nice interview.

Get well soon, Stan.

idolwatcher1
04-15-2007, 11:51 PM
There really should be more interviews conducted like this one. :)

TM: When we interview Swiss journalists about you, it's always the same words that come along: discreet, shy....Are they right to qualify you that way?
SW: Yes they are (smiles). I'm not somebody who likes to put oneself into the light. I'm pretty reserved, a bit in my corner, in my small stuff. When I was younger, I was very shy, it's true. But I have the feeling I have improved myself on that regard, I have more self confidence.
I think it's important to remember that when tennis players become professionals, it doesn't mean that they're all going to be outgoing, eloquent, or charismatic speakers even though their job may require them to answer questions and speak about thoughts that they would normally just prefer to keep to themselves or those closest to them.

It's very nice to be able to learn more about a player, like Stan, through an interview format like this one. Also nice to hear his words on Roger too :) Hope his leg heals soon!

cobalt60
04-15-2007, 11:56 PM
There really should be more interviews conducted like this one. :)


I think it's important to remember that when tennis players become professionals, it doesn't mean that they're all going to be outgoing, eloquent, or charismatic speakers even though their job may require them to answer questions and speak about thoughts that they would normally just prefer to keep to themselves or those closest to them.

It's very nice to be able to learn more about a player, like Stan, through an interview format like this one. Also nice to hear his words on Roger too :) Hope his leg heals soon!

I remember watching a show on the tennis channel and at IMG/Bollettieri’s academy they actually give classes to the players on how to handle themselves with the media.

uglyamerican
04-16-2007, 03:54 AM
I did not know all that about his interesting background and upbringing. Thanks. :)

I didn't know any of that, either. Stan seems like an interesting person to talk to.

bokehlicious
04-16-2007, 07:08 AM
Ilham, afaik - but she's only famouse in French speaking Switzerland.
http://www.lematin.ch/nwmatinhome/nwmatinheadactu/actu_suisse/les_people_sont_vraiment.body.Image.gif

Famous is a big word... She worked as a speakerin on french speaking swiss TV, but that's it... That's not the Swiss version of Paris Hilton either :o :lol:

Action Jackson
04-16-2007, 07:10 AM
Famous is a big word... She worked as a speakerin on french speaking swiss TV, but that's it... That's not the Swiss version of Paris Hilton either :o :lol:

No, she is better looking than Paris.

Action Jackson
04-16-2007, 07:14 AM
TM: That victory at RG has been very important. The solicitations must have become more numerous, all of a sudden.....
SW: Firms like IMG or Octagon have had propositions for me. But I didn't see the point to accept them, as I have the feeling that they don't do much effort for you; if you're not n°1 or n°2, you come last. They have so many players, so many stars. As n°2 in Switzerland, behind who you know who, I don't see what they could have offered me (smiles). I needed someone more specific so that I could find some sponsors in Switzerland.

Well said Stani, good to see he is very level headed and practical about what these agents offer you and don't and of course it's about the top clients and Stani needed something else.

tennis2tennis
04-16-2007, 07:26 AM
Famous is a big word... She worked as a speakerin on french speaking swiss TV, but that's it... That's not the Swiss version of Paris Hilton either :o :lol:

its cruel to compare that girl to paris..for a starter she's wearing panties

Metis
04-16-2007, 07:29 AM
its cruel to compare that girl to paris..for a starter she's wearing panties

You must have Superman's vision to be able to conclude that from the photo above! :p


Can you tell the color? :lol:

Action Jackson
04-16-2007, 07:33 AM
I remember watching a show on the tennis channel and at IMG/Bollettieri’s academy they actually give classes to the players on how to handle themselves with the media.

I'd rather them not be media trained too much, where it suppresses all of the personality. Someone who answers questions honestly, whether we like the answers or not is more believable than the parrots giving cliched answers.

cobalt60
04-16-2007, 01:38 PM
I'd rather them not be media trained too much, where it suppresses all of the personality. Someone who answers questions honestly, whether we like the answers or not is more believable than the parrots giving cliched answers.

Honestly and I did not want to state an opinion before but I will now;) the classes seemed rather ridiculous to me. Almost like going to a "class in manners". You can not teach maturity and intelligence that way. But it seemed so typical of IMG if you catch my meaning. All showy especially for the cameras.

Action Jackson
04-17-2007, 06:42 AM
Honestly and I did not want to state an opinion before but I will now;) the classes seemed rather ridiculous to me. Almost like going to a "class in manners". You can not teach maturity and intelligence that way. But it seemed so typical of IMG if you catch my meaning. All showy especially for the cameras.

Good that Stani isn't managed by the International Mafia Group.

Stani is shy enough when speaking his native language, let alone when he uses English. He was on his way to his best ranking and clay is his best surface and just hope he doesn't come back too soon.

Action Jackson
05-06-2007, 10:00 AM
Welcome back to the tour Stani.

Horatio Caine
05-06-2007, 11:53 AM
BOL Stan :yeah:

Forehander
05-06-2007, 01:26 PM
Wawrinka is a hell of a good player lol. He wacks some insanity winners sometimes! I remember him playing David Nalbandian back in the Australian Open. That was pretty good performance though he lost. I reckon he can get much better with the right coach. He's entertaining to watch :) And yeah nice interview and good luck on your return wawrinka! Go Swissss!

Action Jackson
05-06-2007, 07:56 PM
Wawrinka is a hell of a good player lol. He wacks some insanity winners sometimes! I remember him playing David Nalbandian back in the Australian Open. That was pretty good performance though he lost. I reckon he can get much better with the right coach. He's entertaining to watch :) And yeah nice interview and good luck on your return wawrinka! Go Swissss!

His coach has been with him for a long time, since childhood, so it won't be easy to part with. Also, when Stani got injured he was playing some very good tennis and near a career high ranking, so no need for that.

He lacks a bit of footspeed and he has big swings, hits the ball wall, the backhand especially, just the movement and sometimes shot selection.

Great to see him back on court.

Action Jackson
07-22-2007, 07:46 PM
Bump

Good to see Stani make a final this week and he has almost covered his points from Umag last year, just hope he can see the rest of the year without injury problems.

martine2
07-22-2007, 07:57 PM
So nice he isn't "the Swiss who loses" anymore!

He deserves it!

LefandePatty
07-22-2007, 11:41 PM
You're not to me, Stan. :hug:

scoobs
07-23-2007, 12:20 AM
He lost but I'm glad to see him back playing well again - it's not been good since his return from the injury until this week.

Sunset of Age
07-23-2007, 12:30 AM
What a lovely interview! :worship:

Stan seems to be a great guy indeed. Might I say - like that other Swiss? Guess I like 'em guys.

mangoes
07-23-2007, 02:28 AM
Very nice interview

gusman890
07-23-2007, 02:45 AM
This swiss almost went to 3 sets with Nadal, something Roger didnt do in MC.

Action Jackson
08-14-2007, 09:08 AM
So nice he isn't "the Swiss who loses" anymore!

He deserves it!

Well the title of the article does make sense when you look at the context and Stani isn't a loser.

LeChuck
08-14-2007, 10:15 AM
I've only just spotted this thread. Thanks for posting the article, it was great read. I like Stan a lot, and he is a very entertaining player to watch, and when his backhand is is on form it looks awesome. His match against Chela at the 1st round of the US Open last year, was just incredible, and easily one of the best matches that I have seen for a long time.

FedFan_2007
08-14-2007, 10:37 AM
Well Stan, you're a fucking loser. That's all I can say.

Action Jackson
08-14-2007, 11:14 AM
Well Stan, you're a fucking loser. That's all I can say.

Yes, you are right, this is the way to be a winner.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5714153&postcount=165

laure xxx
08-14-2007, 11:21 AM
Stani :hearts:

Halba
08-14-2007, 01:10 PM
v hewitt tuesday cincy. that should b a good match

martine2
08-14-2007, 02:10 PM
Good luch against Hewitt today Stan!!!!
Hope you'll surprise us :yeah:

Action Jackson
08-23-2007, 06:48 PM
Too bad he couldn't the job done against Hewitt, but he has showed some good tennis week defeating Ancic, Monfils and Boredo who was 0-3 against in H2H.

martine2
08-23-2007, 06:51 PM
Never mind, he fully made up afterwards for the loss against Hewitt!
So glad he found his form again after his injury :yeah:

Beat
08-23-2007, 09:56 PM
thanks a lot!

Hagar
08-24-2007, 02:11 PM
Wow, he really sounds like a nice person. His upbringing is pretty special, his parents must be very motivated people.

HarryMan
08-24-2007, 02:27 PM
Well Stan, you're a fucking loser. That's all I can say.

And whats your definition of a winner ??

Yes, you are right, this is the way to be a winner.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5714153&postcount=165

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Action Jackson
09-08-2007, 10:10 AM
Best ever result at a Slam for Stani, at the time same time it was a lot opportunity to make the QFs and he made too many errors at the wrong moments against Chela.

DC will be interesting as he has 2 tough singles ties against Berdych and Stepanek and say Roger wins both of his matches and they lose the doubles, good chance it will come down to the 5th rubber.

DrJules
09-08-2007, 10:35 AM
Best ever result at a Slam for Stani, at the time same time it was a lot opportunity to make the QFs and he made too many errors at the wrong moments against Chela.

DC will be interesting as he has 2 tough singles ties against Berdych and Stepanek and say Roger wins both of his matches and they lose the doubles, good chance it will come down to the 5th rubber.

Have they diagnosed Berdych's US Open illness?

LeChuck
09-08-2007, 10:36 AM
Yeah it was a shame that after a highly promising 1st set, his formed tail off in that 4th round match. But hey he reached the 2nd week of a grand slam for the 1st time in his career was definately a positive step him. He was in simply stunning form against Safin in the 2nd (hitting winners at will from his weaker forehand side which was great(, and he did well fend off Ginepri who always raises his game when playing in his home grand slam. Good luck to him in his upcoming Davis Cup tie which is sure to be tough.

Action Jackson
09-08-2007, 10:48 AM
Have they diagnosed Berdych's US Open illness?

Berdych will be playing in Prague.

xelena
09-08-2007, 11:00 AM
it was so moving this interview..made me cry

Action Jackson
09-21-2007, 07:51 AM
Here is an audio interview in English with Stani. This thread title could be the case if the Swiss lose this tie.


http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_7915_mp3.MP3

Merton
09-21-2007, 08:03 AM
The best thing would be for Stani to win, Tomas win against Roger and the tie decided on the 5th match but I don't see it happening.

FedFan_2007
09-21-2007, 08:27 AM
Yeah I really see Federer losing to Berdych in Davis Cup!

Action Jackson
11-05-2007, 12:54 PM
Stani shows how to beat a hot Nalbandian, something that Federer hasn't done in the last few weeks.

He had a good season considering he missed a large part of his favourite clay season and he made his best GS result, though a lost of chance of making it further.

LeChuck
11-05-2007, 01:02 PM
Stan was outstanding against Nalbandian at Basel (he showed that striking the ball down the line from both sides very well is the best approach to beating David at baseline duels).
He reached the 2nd week of a grand slam for the first time in his career at Flushing Meadows, and appeared in 2 ATP finals, giving Nadal a scare in that 2nd set at Stuttgart.
For the me the highlight of his season was his superb display against Safin at the US Open. His game was well and truly firing on all cylinders that day.
His defeat to Chela at the same tournament was disappointing.

Action Jackson
11-06-2007, 10:15 AM
It's good that Stani is still with his childhood coach and it doesn't happen that often in tennis where the coaching circus tends to be a revolving door of coaches.

Stani does seem to be a bit fitter these days and it will be good if he can improve his shot selection as his forehand has improved.

bokehlicious
11-06-2007, 11:26 AM
Stani does seem to be a bit fitter these days

Thanks to Pierre "magic" Paganini :worship: :cool:

Action Jackson
11-06-2007, 11:33 AM
Thanks to Pierre "magic" Paganini :worship: :cool:

I remember you were saying a while ago he was working with him, when I made some comments about his lack of speed around the court.

It's fairly clear that he has improved in that regard. One question do you know the village where he lives? It seems it's not far from Lausanne.

bokehlicious
11-06-2007, 11:40 AM
Yes, Stan lives in St-Barthélémy which is a small village near Lausanne. And Pierre lives in Morges which is close to Lausanne too.

MariaV
11-06-2007, 11:41 AM
Thanks to Pierre "magic" Paganini :worship: :cool:

Serious question dear, is Paganini really not working with Roger the God any more? :o
Yes I am too scared to come to Fed's forum. :o

Action Jackson
11-06-2007, 11:55 AM
Fed is working with Janne de Beer.

MariaV
11-06-2007, 11:57 AM
Fed is working with Janne de Beer.

Thanks, I've seen that in the past weeks, I just didn't know if that was permanent. ;)

bokehlicious
11-06-2007, 12:11 PM
Fed is still working with Paganini. But part time only I guess as Pierre also works with Stan and Ivanovic...

MariaV
11-06-2007, 12:12 PM
Thank you darling! :kiss:
Don't forget to vote for me tomorrow. :wavey:

bokehlicious
11-06-2007, 12:52 PM
Thank you darling! :kiss:
Don't forget to vote for me tomorrow. :wavey:

You'll get mine, sweetheart, although you certainly won't need it to advance to the next round... :o :kiss:

Action Jackson
11-30-2007, 05:06 AM
If Stani can have an injury free season, or at least not miss his favourite part of the year like he did in 2007.

Can he make the top 20 in 2008?

Hope he has been working very hard on his fitness. It would be good if his shot selection improved, because he has the firepower especially on the backhand side.

Even if he doesn't make top 20, he is still the real Swiss number 1.

bokehlicious
11-30-2007, 09:21 AM
Even if he doesn't make top 20, he is still the real Swiss number 1.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Stan was serving bowls of soup for some bums in Lausanne streets last week... He really seemed to be damn bored there :o

Merton
11-30-2007, 07:03 PM
If Stani can have an injury free season, or at least not miss his favourite part of the year like he did in 2007.

Can he make the top 20 in 2008?

Hope he has been working very hard on his fitness. It would be good if his shot selection improved, because he has the firepower especially on the backhand side.

Even if he doesn't make top 20, he is still the real Swiss number 1.

Last year he was very unlucky with the knee injury, staying healthy he has the potential to step it up in 2008. I think top-20 is a realistic goal.

FedFan_2007
11-30-2007, 11:01 PM
Stan = the real Swiss #1, who's that other bum pretending

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 09:12 AM
Last year he was very unlucky with the knee injury, staying healthy he has the potential to step it up in 2008. I think top-20 is a realistic goal.

Yes, it is realistic for him to make the top 20, as long as he doesn't suffer injury, and not miss his favourite part of the season.

He seems to love to play Nalbandian, but with the way he plays, he is going to have some up and down results.

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 09:18 AM
I saw him on the 24th in a furniture store in Morges... His gf is definitely way hotter in real than on TV :o :inlove: :p

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 09:19 AM
Good to see that Mrs. Stani looks better in real life. Was it an IKEA store?

Hope he hasn't been on the fondue too much over the season, but they should be on their way to Doha shortly.

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 09:22 AM
Nope it wasn't in an IKEA store (though it was less than 5km from the main one in Suisse-Romande)... I guess IKEA is too "cheap" for his furniture standarts :shrug: :o

adee-gee
12-26-2007, 09:55 AM
I saw him on the 24th in a furniture store in Morges... His gf is definitely way hotter in real than on TV :o :inlove: :p
Maybe it's the same for Federer's g/f :unsure: ;)

Did you tell Stan he's the Swiss #1 in your eyes? :D

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 09:57 AM
Maybe it's the same for Federer's g/f :unsure: ;)

Did you tell Stan he's the Swiss #1 in your eyes? :D

Mirka is quite "pretty" in real life... :angel: :p

I had to refrain from telling Stan what a mug he is... :tape: :D

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 10:08 AM
Maybe it's the same for Federer's g/f :unsure: ;)

Did you tell Stan he's the Swiss #1 in your eyes? :D

Stani should teach Federer how to hit a backhand.

dijus
12-26-2007, 10:20 AM
top20, yeah I can easily see him making it

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 10:21 AM
Stani should teach Federer how to hit a backhand.

Fed's bh is underrated, his bh is better than Stan's :cool: :p

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 10:37 AM
Fed's bh is underrated, his bh is better than Stan's :cool: :p

I don't agree with that. Wawrinka has a better backhand and he speaks better French, everything else would go to Federer.

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 10:43 AM
I don't agree with that. Wawrinka has a better backhand and he speaks better French, everything else would go to Federer.

Stan is also better gf-wise... :o

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 10:47 AM
Stan is also better gf-wise... :o

Mirka is just sponsoring Lindt, Toblerone and fondue companies.

Good point raised there.

Horatio Caine
12-26-2007, 10:47 AM
I think top 20 is a very realistic goal, and hopefully he makes it in 2008. He needs to stay injury-free though, and work on burning off that spare tyre that I saw him carrying at the US Open. :scared:

Horatio Caine
12-26-2007, 10:48 AM
Mirka is just sponsoring Lindt, Toblerone and fondue companies.

Good point raised there.

...and Milka. :p (Just swap "r" for "l" :haha: ).

hmmmmm chocolate. :drool:

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 10:48 AM
Jez, Stani is actually moving better than he used to previously, granted he is never going to be an Olympic sprinter across the court.

bokehlicious
12-26-2007, 10:54 AM
Jez, Stani is actually moving better than he used to previously, granted he is never going to be an Olympic sprinter across the court.

Paganini do wonders :cool: For sure he's gonna make a good job with fatty Ivanovic as well... :)

Action Jackson
12-26-2007, 11:12 AM
Paganini do wonders :cool: For sure he's gonna make a good job with fatty Ivanovic as well... :)

He is well known for his work, as for Ivanovic she isn't fat at all, but is heavy footed and I think she better get used to shuttle sprints and resistance training with the parachute and the rubber band around the waist.

Action Jackson
03-20-2008, 03:15 AM
Stani has a few months to gain points and this is his first ever TMS quarter final.

Sunset of Age
03-20-2008, 03:17 AM
Wawa!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Great talent, hope he'll be able to maintain his current level of playing. Nice guy, too. :worship:

Getta
03-20-2008, 03:41 AM
Wawa!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Great talent, hope he'll be able to maintain his current level of playing. Nice guy, too. :worship:

Second that. :)

Chiseller
03-20-2008, 11:01 AM
very interesting interview, thanks for posting GeorgeWHitler!

Action Jackson
05-09-2008, 06:51 AM
Looks this objective is about to be completed.

Adler
05-09-2008, 07:48 AM
Right, now there's an even bigger goal

bokehlicious
05-09-2008, 07:56 AM
Paganini is definitely a master, it's amazing how Stan improved his footwork in the last months...

Action Jackson
05-09-2008, 08:10 AM
Yes, Stani is not as heavy on his feet as he used to be, sure he is no speed demon, but he is a lot quicker and that obviously helps him get to the ball better, so he can implant his game to a greater degree.

The shot selection under pressure is still a problem, but he is even using the slice backhand more than he used to.

Pixie
05-09-2008, 09:34 AM
Yep, his footwork stroke me vs Ferrero. Not that he's able to reach every ball but the accuracy of his small footwork makes me optimistic for the rest of the clay season. As about the shot selection let's see if the confidence gained won't help him at least on clay. I mean he's still doing too much UEs but that's part of his game and with the recent wins he can cut the numbers for a while.

Chiseller
05-09-2008, 10:01 AM
Paganini is definitely a master, it's amazing how Stan improved his footwork in the last months...

lol, I didn't know that he's working with Paganini now. While watching Stan play, for a moment the idea stroke me that it looks like Paganinis work. :D
He is just brilliant, Ivanovic benefited so much from him as well.

Action Jackson
05-09-2008, 10:09 AM
Yep, his footwork stroke me vs Ferrero. Not that he's able to reach every ball but the accuracy of his small footwork makes me optimistic for the rest of the clay season. As about the shot selection let's see if the confidence gained won't help him at least on clay. I mean he's still doing too much UEs but that's part of his game and with the recent wins he can cut the numbers for a while.

He has been improving on that aspect for a while and Paganani is very good at what he does and this shows with his previous results.

Well this is Stani's time of the season, which he didn't play that much of last season because of the knee injury that was mentioned in the original article.

He is an aggressive player, so by nature he is going to make a lot of UE's, but it's knowing when to pull the trigger and he can improve his defensive skills, though with the extra speed that should come.

Action Jackson
05-10-2008, 03:13 PM
He's made his first TMS final, though not in the best circumstances. Best of all he has some time to rest.

If Stani manages to win Rome. I wonder how it will be reported in the Swiss press? It's accepted that he will always be in the shadow of Federer, but he shouldn't be compared to him anyway.

bokehlicious
05-10-2008, 03:16 PM
I wonder how it will be reported in the Swiss press?

Tennis has grown bigger in the Swiss press lately (interestingly enough since Fed's slump :rolleyes:) Stan will be well reported, and even as the runner up.

scoobs
05-10-2008, 03:16 PM
Well done to Stani for hitting the top 10 for the first time. However it came about, this is a proud moment in his career and it's good to see him posting achievements of his own. Yes he will be in the shadow of Federer but he handles that difficult position philosophically and with dignity. Good luck to him in the final.

Action Jackson
05-10-2008, 03:22 PM
Tennis has grown bigger in the Swiss press lately (interestingly enough since Fed's slump :rolleyes:) Stan will be well reported, and even as the runner up.

Is that right? There has been more interest in tennis, since Fed started slumping?

Like the original interview it would be good for Stani to get some coverage and not be seen as the guy who loses all the time. He has a day off, total underdog as well, he and Djokovic have history as well.

bokehlicious
05-10-2008, 03:24 PM
Is that right? There has been more interest in tennis, since Fed started slumping?

Yep, there's almost every day articles on Roger and tennis in the daily press... Quite an important place in the sports news... When Fed was dominating it sadly didn't draw the same interest :tape:

FedFan_2007
05-10-2008, 03:25 PM
Allez Stani, win zee title!

raven gypsy
05-10-2008, 03:30 PM
Yep, there's almost every day articles on Roger and tennis in the daily press... Quite an important place in the sports news... When Fed was dominating it sadly didn't draw the same interest :tape:

I'm surprised at this.

Well he was only ever the transitional number 1 after all ;)
No, but it is a shame that some members of the press (not necessarily yours but) like to "kick someone when they're down".

Anyway, I'm certain that Rog is really proud of this hallmark for Swiss tennis and is really happy for his friend.

Merton
05-10-2008, 05:19 PM
Well, Stan made the final, in this case results clearly followed his hard work and it certainly helped that he was healthy this year.

shotgun
05-10-2008, 07:01 PM
Good on him for taking advantage of the open draw in Rome, something that guys like Ferrero couldn't.

I'm still sceptical of him keeping his top 10 spot in the medium term though, he doesn't seem to be quite at this level yet.

JBdV
05-10-2008, 07:10 PM
I am very pleased to see Stan making the top 10 :yeah: Maybe he isn't quite at that level yet, especially mentally I guess, but he can get good results on all surfaces except grass, and should now remain a consistent top 15er, at least, for a while. Hopefully this spurs him on to keep moving forward, starting with improving his poor finals record tomorrow ;)

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 07:20 PM
What is his native language? French or Swiss German? Wawrinka doesn't sound like either. I think someone said it was Polish? :scratch:

Neely
05-10-2008, 07:24 PM
Good development of Wawrinka :yeah: I wouldn't have thought that in the past!

Action Jackson
05-10-2008, 07:27 PM
What is his native language? French or Swiss German? Wawrinka doesn't sound like either. I think someone said it was Polish? :scratch:

It's French his native language. Surname Wawrinka is of Polish decent but Wawrinka is only Polish by ancestry. Father, Wolfram is German, and mother, Isabelle is Swiss. Grandparents are Czech.

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 07:38 PM
It's French his native language. Surname Wawrinka is of Polish decent but Wawrinka is only Polish by ancestry. Father, Wolfram is German, and mother, Isabelle is Swiss. Grandparents are Czech.

How do you know all this? :lol: OK, how about this? :yeah:

Does he have any brothers and sisters?
What was his childhood like?
Who are his closest friends on tour?
What's his favorite color?
Does he speak any other languages?
How are his chances tomorrow?

Saumon
05-10-2008, 07:42 PM
How do you know all this? :lol: OK, how about this? :yeah:

Does he have any brothers and sisters?
What was his childhood like?
Who are his closest friends on tour?
What's his favorite color?
Does he speak any other languages?
How are his chances tomorrow?

You can tell when he speaks french that it's his native language, unlike Roger. ;)

I think he has a brother and maybe a sister. He speaks english, some spanish and maybe german.
Maybe Nole will retire like in Umag. ;)

Action Jackson
05-10-2008, 07:54 PM
How do you know all this? :lol: OK, how about this? :yeah:

Does he have any brothers and sisters?
What was his childhood like?
Who are his closest friends on tour?
What's his favorite color?
Does he speak any other languages?
How are his chances tomorrow?

I got some advice, read the interview in the first post of this thread, that will give you a lot of answers.

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 08:22 PM
You can tell when he speaks french that it's his native language, unlike Roger. ;)

I think he has a brother and maybe a sister. He speaks english, some spanish and maybe german.
Maybe Nole will retire like in Umag. ;)

Well, I've never heard him speak so I wouldn't know.

~*BGT*~
05-10-2008, 08:22 PM
I got some advice, read the interview in the first post of this thread, that will give you a lot of answers.

I didn't really want to know; I was just curious if you knew since you know everything. :lol:

Action Jackson
05-10-2008, 08:26 PM
Well, I've never heard him speak so I wouldn't know.

There is an audio interview in the Language thread, should be about 8 or 9 towards the end, then you can find it.

didadida
05-10-2008, 08:48 PM
congrats Stan
very happy for him ,keep it up

trixtah
05-10-2008, 10:59 PM
Just curious, when you say they have history--Stan and Novak--what is it, exactly?

jitterbug
05-11-2008, 04:34 AM
Who are his closest friends on tour?

Baghdatis. Marcos also mentioned Stan in his AO programme interview.

maxxo
05-11-2008, 10:36 AM
The 22-year-old Wawrinka is the first unseeded player to advance to the ATP Masters Series final since Felix Mantilla, who beat Federer in the 2003 final. He will now break into the Top 10 at No. 10 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings on Monday. Two Swiss players have never ranked in the Top 10 at the same time in the history of the ATP Rankings (since 1973).

martine2
05-11-2008, 01:54 PM
Come on Stani :banana:

I like it every time this thread is bumped but for me he's been the nbr 1 Swiss for quite some time already :p

Take it easy now Stan. You're doing just fine no matter how the final today turns out ;)

Stensland
05-11-2008, 02:07 PM
how did they come up with a name like "stanislas" when his mother is french and his dad is german?

*Viva Chile*
05-12-2008, 07:12 AM
how did they come up with a name like "stanislas" when his mother is french and his dad is german?

his father is polish-german ;)

Or Levy
05-12-2008, 07:57 AM
This just shows how unpredictable Tennis is.

What a weird year this is.

I hope Stan can do some damage at the French.

bokehlicious
05-12-2008, 11:35 AM
Stan's mother is not French :scratch: she SPEAKS French, hardly the same :o

Action Jackson
05-12-2008, 12:09 PM
how did they come up with a name like "stanislas" when his mother is french and his dad is german?

Did you actually read what I posted when it came to his family background? It's only about 15 posts back.

Eden
05-30-2008, 09:02 PM
George, I hope you don't mind if I post this about Stan in your thread as well :)


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.

Source: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2008-05-30/200805301212170823468.html

Chiseller
05-31-2008, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the article.

While watching Wawrinka right now, I am truly amazed how much he grew mentally in such a short period of time. He finally has gotten the killer instinct that is needed to survice close situations and I am more than ever sure that he will stay in the top 10 for a long time and might get a shot at the top guns. :worship:

Action Jackson
05-31-2008, 08:32 PM
Good to see he doesn't like the glamour.

But of course he is still seen by some as the "Swiss who loses".

Chiseller
05-31-2008, 10:37 PM
Thanks for the article.

While watching Wawrinka right now, I am truly amazed how much he grew mentally in such a short period of time. He finally has gotten the killer instinct that is needed to survice close situations and I am more than ever sure that he will stay in the top 10 for a long time and might get a shot at the top guns. :worship:

premature ejaculation :rolleyes:

Eden
08-30-2008, 10:59 PM
Biofile: The Stanislas Wawrinka Interview
By Scoop Malinowski

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won the gold medal in doubles.
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Stanislas Wawrinka was on top of the world — and underneath the World No. 1 simultaneously. Moments after Wawrinka and top-ranked Roger Federer captured the doubles gold medal in Beijing earlier this mont, Wawrinka crashed to the court and a giddy Federer leaned over to embrace his friend.

Wawrinka possesses one of the most potent one-handed backhands in tennis and has employed it to reach a career-high rank of No. 10 in building the best season of his career. He beat American Wayne Odesnik, 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-2 today to advance to the third round of the US Open for the fourth straight year. Scoop Malinowski caught up with Wawrinka today for this Biofile interview.

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 174 pounds.

Born On: March 28, 1975 in Lausanne, Switzerland

Tennis Inspiration: "I like to see Sampras play."

Leisure Activities/Hobbies: "Going to cinema, watching movies with friends of course, a little bit of video games but not so much anymore. But I like to take the time with my friends in Switzerland, do a barbecue."

Favorite Movies: "A French movie — Le Diner De Con (comedy). I give you one more — Hit with Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro."

Musical Tastes: "U2 and Coldplay."

Last Book Read: "I don't really like to read the book but mostly I read the magazine."

First Tennis Memory: "Of course I think my first good memory was the French Open junior (2003 d. Brian Baker)."

Favorite Non-Tennis Sports: "I like to watch soccer and the ice hockey too because in Switzerland it's very good."

First Car: "A Kia (blue)."

Current Car: "BMW M3 (black)."

Favorite Meal: "Depends, I eat sushi a lot, it's easy."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "Yes, vanilla."

Pre-Match Feeling: "Just before to come on the court a little bit nervous of course. But I enjoy this moment."

Favorite Web Sites: "Not really."

Greatest Sports Moment: "Olympic gold medal, the final, with Roger."

Most Painful Moment: "Maybe in 2004 I was in the Davis Cup team but I didn't play, against France [smiles]."

Favorite Tournament: "French Open."

Closest Freinds From Tennis: "Roger Federer, Marcos Bagdhatis, of course the Swiss players, Andy Murray, Monfils, and Gasquet."

Funniest Players Encountered: "Roger [smiles]. (What's it about him?) It's we always joke when we are together."

Toughest Competitor: "Nadal."

Funny Tennis Memory: "Yeah, when we play the doubles together in the Olympics, we are always joking, we are always enjoying the match. (First time playing together?) No, fourth. First one Rome and Hamburg last year, Toronto this year. (Any tourney wins together?) Just one match [smiles]. (Wow, and then you win the gold medal.) Yeah, it was important the Olympics so we played like full."

Embarrassing Memory: "Not really, I don't have really."

Favorite Players To Watch: "David Nalbandian. (Why him?) 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."

Which Match Were You At Your Very Best: "This year against Nalbandian in Barcelona. I win 6-3 6-1 but I was playing unbelievable."

Your Greatest Comeback: "I have some matches in Grand Slam...[pauses]. Oh yes, one nice [smiles]. 2005 against James Blake French Open. I was down two sets to love and I won in the fifth set."

Your Worst Blown Lead: "This year I was two sets to love and a break against Gonzalez."

People Qualities Most Admired: "I don't know the word in English — when you stick together with the... [loyalty?) Yes loyalty. You stay with the person but you never go off."

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6617082

Sunset of Age
08-30-2008, 11:56 PM
:aplot: :worship:

:lol: a lot of innuendo in that article, yeah. :worship: :worship: :worship:

:lol: In all seriousness thanks for the article. :yeah:

Seconded. A very nice read. Stan's got taste!

Getta
08-31-2008, 12:02 AM
Thanks, Doris. :)

Biofile: The Stanislas Wawrinka Interview
By Scoop Malinowski

Thursday, August 28, 2008

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Born On: March 28, 1985 in Lausanne, Switzerland

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;)

Action Jackson
11-18-2008, 10:25 AM
I didn't see this interview, thanks for posting Doris. Too bad Stani likes Coldplay and his "BMW M3", well he got caught for speeding recently.

Cafisho
11-18-2008, 12:46 PM
Neither did I, so thanks for the translation and sharing it over here!

JolánGagó
11-18-2008, 12:47 PM
Stan's got taste!

Coldplay :rolleyes:

:bolt:

Oh yes, and he doesn't read books, mags preferred... and soccer is very good in Switzerland :rolleyes:

Henry Chinaski
11-18-2008, 01:47 PM
I remember they did a section on the ATP tennis magazine show asking players about their favourite bands. Every one of them bar Amer Delic had godawful taste.

Sunset of Age
11-18-2008, 02:57 PM
Coldplay :rolleyes:

:bolt:

I think it's better than gangsta-rap... I don't expect too much of these fellows in this regard. :angel:

Oh yes, and he doesn't read books, mags preferred... and soccer is very good in Switzerland :rolleyes:

:lol:

Action Jackson
11-18-2008, 03:01 PM
Neither did I, so thanks for the translation and sharing it over here!

Obviously I read the translation, but not the link that Eden posted.


I remember they did a section on the ATP tennis magazine show asking players about their favourite bands. Every one of them bar Amer Delic had godawful taste.

Roitman is a metal man, he has quality taste. Did you ever read his blog?

bokehlicious
11-18-2008, 03:06 PM
and soccer is very good in Switzerland :rolleyes:

Read again you tool, he was talking about hockey, which is quite huge in Switzerland.

Henry Chinaski
11-18-2008, 04:15 PM
Obviously I read the translation, but not the link that Eden posted.




Roitman is a metal man, he has quality taste. Did you ever read his blog?

yeah I remember reading that now that you mention it. Shame they didn't have him on ATP magazine that time. Robredo took first prize in the shit taste awards for saying The Rasmus if I remember correctly.

Action Jackson
11-27-2008, 08:34 AM
yeah I remember reading that now that you mention it. Shame they didn't have him on ATP magazine that time. Robredo took first prize in the shit taste awards for saying The Rasmus if I remember correctly.

Lots of U2 fans on the ATP.

CyBorg
11-28-2008, 06:19 PM
Now he's the Swiss guy who also loses.

nobama
12-06-2008, 09:01 PM
Stan collecting the Swiss Sports award for team of the year. Looking good all dressed up. :)

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0dfbdy170e84d/700x.jpg

Action Jackson
12-19-2008, 02:40 PM
I wonder if Stani got a lift to these awards.

keroni
12-21-2008, 03:22 AM
hitchhiking is the way to go.

Action Jackson
04-16-2009, 05:04 PM
At least for today, he might not remembered as the Swiss guy that loses.

heya
04-16-2009, 10:28 PM
Stan doesn't always get lucky. We know who carried them in the Olympics.

Ciarán.
04-17-2009, 12:14 AM
:awww:

Action Jackson
07-13-2009, 06:52 AM
No matter what Stani does for the rest of his career, though he does need a last 8 GS appearance, he is always going to be seen in this regard.

Forehander
07-13-2009, 08:11 AM
If he can improve on that dodgy serve of his he can win more matches. Though the status of him being the swiss guy who loses won't change much

feuselino
07-13-2009, 08:18 AM
To me he'll always be the Swiss with the best single-handed backhand!

Horatio Caine
07-13-2009, 08:47 AM
Incidentally, anyone know why he withdrew from Stuttgart?

Federer&Hingis
07-13-2009, 01:59 PM
:angel: Nice Guy. :angel:

Dini
07-13-2009, 02:13 PM
:awww: :hug:

FlameOn
07-14-2009, 02:30 AM
It's OK Wawa. If Nadal was healthy Federer would be the Swiss guy who loses as well. :hug:

;)

Action Jackson
09-09-2010, 03:28 PM
To me he'll always be the Swiss with the best single-handed backhand!

This is it. Good effort making his 1st GS quarter final and Lundgren is an excellent coaching choice.

yonexforever
09-09-2010, 05:36 PM
Interesting.. this OPen was the first time i heard him speak, i noticed he didnt have a disctinctly French accent, but then again neither does Roger, but their accents are different.
I wa surprised to learn he was born and raised in Switzerland with that last name.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
09-09-2010, 08:21 PM
this single interview has changed my opinion of him 100%

i thought he was the dark prince of swiss tennis, who hated being no.2 and secretly hated fed

but i see he's really like a younger bro to rog, and they have a real chemistry, and understanding

i really like the guy :)

sheva07
09-09-2010, 08:26 PM
Interesting.. this OPen was the first time i heard him speak, i noticed he didnt have a disctinctly French accent, but then again neither does Roger, but their accents are different.
I wa surprised to learn he was born and raised in Switzerland with that last name.

His father is Polish I heard.

tennisfan856
09-09-2010, 08:27 PM
His last name is very Polish so I was wondering where he got it from.

Safin_Lover
09-09-2010, 08:32 PM
I am always :inlove: with Stan

FormerRafaFan
09-09-2010, 09:08 PM
He seems like such a genuine nice and humble guy. Such a great interview too. Thanks for posting :)

Diprosalic
09-09-2010, 10:57 PM
Interesting.. this OPen was the first time i heard him speak, i noticed he didnt have a disctinctly French accent, but then again neither does Roger, but their accents are different.
I wa surprised to learn he was born and raised in Switzerland with that last name.


Roger is a native german speaker and stan is a native french speaker its logical that they do not have the same accent. Federers french and english re much better than stans english and german.

Eden
09-18-2012, 11:20 AM
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?

Why?

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

bokehlicious
09-18-2012, 12:52 PM
Thanks for the translation Doris :hug:

and that's quite true that a nice apartment with a great view on the lake is quite expensive in Lausanne :( :sad: :p

Looner
09-18-2012, 01:07 PM
I've always thought of Stan as a really quiet and shy person. He sure seems that way from the interview. Thank you, Doris :D.

Orka_n
09-18-2012, 01:10 PM
Wonderful interview. Thanks for posting, Doris.

bjurra
09-18-2012, 01:42 PM
I dislike Stan a little less after reading this.

Pirata.
09-18-2012, 05:40 PM
His comments about Alexia :sobbing::awww::hearts:

TigerTim
09-18-2012, 06:06 PM
Stan only flys economy in Europe. Maybe I will bump into him :D

He sounds nice :)

tennisfan856
09-18-2012, 06:40 PM
nice interview, but that reporter was really poking at some personal stuff.

motorhead
09-18-2012, 06:48 PM
stan :worship::worship:

Eden
09-18-2012, 08:34 PM
His comments about Alexia :sobbing::awww::hearts:

There's a picture included in the article which shows Stan with his tattoo of her name and hand print :)

http://i49.tinypic.com/kq2gz.jpg

Eden
09-05-2013, 07:40 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.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/sports/tennis/wawrinka-blossoms-as-federer-his-friend-and-countryman-falters.html?ref=tennis

Mountaindewslave
09-05-2013, 08:13 PM
I absolutely love Stan Wawrinka he is really great. like totally much more honest and genuine than all other players.

JoWilly
09-05-2013, 09:19 PM
Seems like a genuinely nice guy :)

FlameOn
09-06-2013, 12:05 AM
Stan's waited a long time to have his moment in the sun so enjoy it bro :yeah:.

Orka_n
09-06-2013, 12:08 AM
Wow... I doubt Stan believed the day would come when he was a more dangerous player than Federer. (Well, a lot more consistent at least.) He's fought hard for these results so gotta just hand it to him. Also Magnus Norman is a legend.

Burrow
09-06-2013, 12:10 AM
I'll always remember Wawrinka most for that "concubine" stuff.

viva-rafa
09-06-2013, 12:35 AM
Nice interviews!

heya
09-06-2013, 04:53 AM
Stan would've bulldozed the 2003-5 competition.
His US Open tennis was near flawless.

Notice Federer's fake love for Wawrinka during his disappointing injury break.

scarecrows
01-26-2014, 11:10 AM
not anymore Stan

welldone

Rumour
01-26-2014, 11:14 AM
not anymore Stan

welldone
My thoughts exactly :D

Action Jackson
01-26-2014, 11:42 AM
Not anymore he won't.

sand_wawrinka
02-15-2014, 12:45 AM
Stan :smash:

Kowchi
02-15-2014, 01:04 AM
Stan :smash:

Magnus Norman=Self Belief

unknowndiamond
04-21-2014, 02:01 AM
crying a river reading this again,to see how long did it take to make him a brilliant player as he is now. Hope he can actually win RG, he has a big chance to do it this year.

evilmindbulgaria
04-21-2014, 02:03 AM
The Swiss guy who loses nowadays is Rogie :lol:

Eden
04-21-2014, 09:08 AM
The Swiss guy who loses nowadays is Rogie :lol:

Well at least he didn't lose to Stan in a GS match :angel:

sand_wawrinka
04-21-2014, 09:10 AM
Stan :smooch: