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03-26-2016 08:25 AM
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Stan talks about how he loves to play Novak and Roger and hopes to play until he's 35 in L'Equipe.
Here is a translation, there is also the original.

Stan Wawrinka in l’Équipe on playing Novak Djokovic, friendship and his career

Translation of this piece by Julien Reboullet @djub22 in l’Équipe.


‘Novak: I can’t wait to play him again’

‘What does it give me, concretely, to be introduced as the “anti-Djoko” solution? Pleasure, obviously. But, having beaten him twice in Slams and pushed him to the limit at other times, it especially gives me confidence. In fact, I completely shook up Novak at Melbourne in 2013 (12-10 loss in the fifth set), our Slam matches have always been very close. USO semi in 2013 lost in five sets, quarter at the AO 2014 win in five, semi in Melbourne in 2015 lost in five, and finally my Roland win (4-.6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4) of course …

‘But as I often say, you still have to play him, and considering our rankings, it can only happen at the end of big tournaments. Most of the time, he’s there and I’m not .. It’s too bad, because I love playing him. Because playing the best is what I love the most. They’re the ones who give you the most problems. Playing Roger (Federer) in the semis of the last US Open ? I loved it. I lost in three, but I loved it. Novak, obviously, I can’t wait to play him again. My regret last year was not winning my QF at Wimbledon (lost to Richard Gasquet) to meet him in the semis, because then I’d have played him in every Slam.’


‘Some sand can get into the machinery’

‘I’m not the only one who has the weapons to bother Novak in a Slam. Roger has everything necessary. Was it because of mental problems or playing level recently? Only he knows, because he’s the one who lived through the matches. He he didn’t miss by much, he had so many chances. (loss in five sets, Wimbledon final 2014, then in four, Wimbledon final 2015, US Open 2015 and the semis at the last Australian Open). How long will Novak’s grip last? One thing that shouldn’t be forgotten: Roger dominated in the same way for a long period. And during the years he was largely on top of everyone (between 2004 and 2007, especially) we heard people say: “But there’s no one who will beat Federer in the next five years”. Except that didn’t happen. And Nadal, the year he imposed himself (2010), we heard them say: “OK, he’s going to win three slams a year for the next four years.” But the year after, his level dropped.

‘I think some sand can get into the Djokovic machine. When Novak is 100% and everything is working, like right now, no one can take him. What he produces is incredible. And that’s not going to change from one day to another. Just look at what happened after his Roland loss last year, he was huge (only three losses for the rest of the season) …

‘But getting back to the question: if, in 2016, finally, he only wins two slams, will we still say he’s dominating or it’s changed compared to last year? A little grain of sand, two losses in the semis at Slams and that would change his year, which would still be exceptional and he’d still be world number one. I think the change will mostly come from Novak himself. Just like Federer at the time: we didn’t see how he could lose, and the answer came from himself.


‘If I can help them, I try’

‘It’s true that I played a role in Mikael Tilstrom’s (Swedish coach) and Gaël Monfils’ association. Gaël he’s a friend, and we talked about it in August of last year. I saw that he was uncertain (about whom to work with), so I tried to add some depth to things. I asked him to name me some coaches he’d like, and he mentioned Tillström, saying he’d asked him two years ago, but Mikael had said no. And Gaël didn’t want to ask again, thinking he still didn’t want to. That’s when I acted a bit as an intermediary. I tried to convince Gaël to try again, and, at the same time, I tested the waters with Magnus (Norman, who works with Tillström at the Swedish Good to Great academy). I went back to Gaël and told him the answer might be different this time. He was trying to find himself, he didn’t know in which direction to go but he wanted to. I hope it works out.

‘Friends? If I can help them, I try. I don’t think about competition. In Chennai, at the start of the season I talked a lot with Benoit (Paire), and gave him my thoughts on a lot of things.And then Yannick (Fattebert, a friend his own age from Valais, Switzerland who follows him on the tour for a few weeks every year as a hitting partner) who was there told me: “It’s incredibly cool what you’re doing, because he’s an adversary.” Maybe, but Benoit is a friend. OK, he’s a potential adversary, but first of all, so much the better if he progresses and, secondly, how many times will we face each other during our careers? If Gaël improves because of Tillström and beats me, it won’t change my life, it can just change my week [smiles].


‘I hope to be at a very high level at 35’

‘I don’t look ahead but my goal is to play for a long time. I hope to be at a very high level at thirty-five. But is this very high level 15th in the world, and that would be good because I’m not Federer? Or is it top 10? I know how fast things can change. So I don’t set goals, but I don’t set any limits either. And that’s why I won the Australian Open in 2014 and Roland in 2015. I never tell myself: “I’d like to win this Slam” or “I’d like to win this Masters 1000”. That’s not me and, in any case, I’m not strong enough to do it. My goal is to be in top form each time I go on court. That’s my way of managing things so sometimes, like last year at Roland, something big happens. I’m not as strong as the best. They’ve been there for ten years, me, I’m new. I feel strong enough to beat everyone, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to do it.

‘With Magnus (Norman, his coach), we haven’t set any time limits. It’s important that we both want to see each other, to train and to look a bit further ahead. I think we’ll both know immediately when that’s no longer the case.’

03-18-2015 06:43 AM
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03-17-2015 07:17 PM
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Stan got asked about Davis Cup after his surprising loss in Indian Wells and this is my translation from the interview in Swiss media:


Let's look back on the Davis Cup. How did you see the 2:3 against Belgium?

I was in Florida where I practiced for 4 days with Magnus Norman before I went to California. I followed the results pretty closely and have to say that the Thursday and Friday were very difficult for me. I asked myself the question why I didn't play and was really torn. I realised that I would have liked to play. It was the first time in 11 years that I didn't play.

So you regret your decision?

In those moments I regretted it. But I know that I made the right choice in hindsight to the whole season. It would have been to packed otherwise.

And what do you say about the case of Yann Marti who had to leave Liege on Friday after an éclat?

I wasn't there but I know what happened as I talked a lot about it with Seve (Lüthi). For me it is unfortunately an extreme case which has to have sanctions. Heavy sanctions from Swiss Tennis which have also to made public. In the past we had too many players who denied to be in the team as they didn't had the guarantee they would be amongst the 4 players in the official team. Or because those ties weren't enough for them. We talk about a national team here and it doesn't help the young players when you always sideline those happenings.

René Stammbach said as long as he would be Swiss Tennis President Marti wouldn't be part of the team. Is this fine for you?

Yes. I also thought it was good that he said this in public. There are things which an association can't accept and then you have to talk about this. Marti shouldn't tendentially get any wildcards any more. He has shown that he isn't suited to be in a team. On the one hand he says that it is his dream to belong to the Davis Cup team but when you say him then that he won't play on the first day due to tactical reasons but rely on him afterwards he goes berserk and puts up a fuss. That's not acceptable. And then it was indeed 2:2 on Sunday...

Do you understand it that on Friday Michael Lammer got to play instead of Marti?

According to Lüthi it was a tactical choice. But it doesn't matter who got choosen. What I want to say: We have a captain who is with the team since 10 years, who is the coach of Federer, who also helped me a lot and who solved a lot of problems in Davis Cup and who won it. And then we have Marti, who already grumbled last year as he didn't belong to the team in SF and F and who talked about a complot against him. There were similiar cases with other players. From people who also don't belong to the Top 100. It's a Davis Cup Team which belongs to the World Group and not a team of the fifth dimension.

Now Switzerland lost the title 4 months after victory and has to play in relegation in autumn. What do you feel about this?

It's clear that with winning the title a big chapter got closed for me. When I was a child I dreamed of belonging to the team one day, then I dreamed to play and then to maybe win the Davis Cup one day. We had Roger in our country and I thought when I made the right development and we would have 2 other good players it could happen one day. We took step by step until the dream got true. The Davis Cup will always be important for me, I just realised this again. I set other priorities this year but deep down it hurt me that I wasn't there.

Will you be playing in autumn?

I think so, even though a lot can happen until then. But I will surely play Davis Cup again.

You are way less critical about this competition as Federer who said it would have been a burden for him and that he would be happy that he won't have to play this year - but that he hopes that you would play in the Playoff.

I know what he said. He can say his opinion, I don't have to say something about it. That he said he is hopeful that I would play doesn't mean anything. But we realised that we all think the same: That the ITF makes big mistakes with the Davis Cup for many years. That's the reason why the best players don't play it all the time and why there is so much critic about the event. When I talk about Davis Cup I mostly mean our team and of course I don't criticise us. For me it is a dream to represent my country.

What's the biggest mistake the ITF makes?

That they never tried anything even though many of the best players don’t play since a few years. Nothing got done to improve the Davis Cup, there is no development. I’m not the person who say this or that has to happen. But just ask René Stammbach how many restrictions there are when you play at home. A little example: At the Match for Africa in Zurich (the show match between Stan and Federer in December) we wanted to present the Davis Cup trophy which is now with us. But the ITF didn’t allow it as the sponsors weren’t the same. These are details but they show that they don’t try it to open the competition and to think about it what could be good for it. Everything gets blocked. But there are many suggestions from players, tournament directors or association presidents.

With a little distance – what was more awesome for you: The victory in Melboune or the Davis Cup?

That were totally different emotions, incomparable, even though on the same level. Davis Cup is a team event and we had years with ups and downs, played in Minsk and before 200 people in Kreuzlingen. The reactions on the victory in Switzerland were incredible. The Australian Open was something more personal.
Had the major effort in Davis Cup negative followings for this year? Against Djokovic in Melbourne you lost 0:6 in the fifth set.
Of course the Davis Cup has exhausted me but it also brought me something: Trust, satisfaction, positive energy. The loss against Djokovic had nothing to do with the Davis Cup. The whole year 2014 was packed. I had a short preparation for 2015 and it took a lot out of me to reach the SF at the Australian Open. It isn’t something ordinary for me and I had to fight hard for it since the first round.
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01-19-2014 01:16 PM
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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.

01-13-2014 04:32 PM
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Great honour for Stan

01-11-2014 09:01 PM
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Stan voted the Swiss Personality of the Year 2013!

Opened a thread here:
12-15-2013 09:06 PM
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Unfortunately Stan didn't win but he finished 2nd after Dario Cologna
12-13-2013 07:35 AM
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Cool. I hope he gets that, especially serving Switzerland as the flag bearer during the 2012 Olympics, and his effort in the Davis Cup with that Doubles match.
12-09-2013 02:43 PM
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Stan got his first nomination for Swiss Athlete of The Year and I guess he has a decent chance to win.

I expect him to be at least amongst the Top 3.

Winners will be named on Sunday.
12-01-2013 04:05 PM
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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.”

09-18-2013 11:44 AM
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How Wawrinka learned to win

Series of tough losses have taught stealth Swiss to take positive approach

Originally Published: September 17, 2013
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to

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.

09-05-2013 07:34 PM
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Stanislas Wawrinka: The Biofile

by Scoop Malinowski


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.

09-05-2013 06:42 PM
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Wawrinka Blossoms While Federer, His Friend and Countryman, Falters


Published: September 5, 2013, 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.”

07-24-2013 03:59 PM
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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.”
07-10-2013 06:35 PM
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Yes, Stan announced himself in Swiss media last February that they are together again
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