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Old 05-30-2008, 08:27 PM   #31
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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.

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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.

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You know I'm very proud of Stan's achievements in the last few months. He really has managed to develop his talents well. Glad he is in the top 10 now too. I'm sure Roger is pleased with his progress up the rankings also.


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According to Swiss media Stan is playing together with Roger in the doubles at the Olympic Games because Swiss tennis sees more chances in this team as with Federer/Allegro.
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Thanks Eden!! That's really good news for me, coz I will go to watch the Olympics, and I am very looking forward to see his doubles match with Roger, that's a real appealing pair!!
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Thanks! I will for sure! I hope I can watch his training as well, but not sure if the training will be open to the public in Olympics.
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One to watch: Stanislas Wawrinka

Sunday, 29 June 2008
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Ask most casual tennis fans to name two Swiss men’s tennis players and the likelihood is that they will not get further than Roger Federer. Even in Switzerland, people tend to cite past masters Mark Rosset and Jakob Hlasek more easily that the unheralded 23-year-old who has quietly worked his way into the top 10.

Things were looking bleak for Stanislas Wawrinka 16 months ago when, mere hours before Switzerland’s Davis Cup tie at home to Spain, he trod awkwardly on the net fixture beneath the indoor carpet surface and ruptured the interior cruciate ligament in his knee. At the time, he was 36th in the ATP rankings, a drop of six places from the year before after a season in which he lost more matches than he won (21-24). In hindsight, Wawrinka sees the injury as the defining moment in his career.

“It was my first serious injury and the time I spent recovering really had an effect on me,” said the big serving baseliner from Lausanne. “Afterwards I wanted to train more and work harder and to be more targeted in the way I work. I was already playing well at the end of last year [2007] but the results only started improving in 2008.”

And what an improvement it was. Wawrinka made the final at Doha in the first week of January (falling to Andy Murray) and then reached the quarter-finals at Indian Wells in March, the semis in Barcelona in April and the final at Rome in May, getting his revenge over Murray before falling to Djokovic at the last hurdle. Having spent four months on the sidelines in early 2007 and then losing 11 of his first 14 matches after making his comeback, he hardly has any points to defend this year and has consequently shot up to No. 9 in the world.

He has yet to drop a set here at Wimbledon in victories over Marcos Daniel, Juan Martin Del Porto and Mischa Zrerev, and with a forthcoming Olympic appearance in the singles and doubles – the latter alongside Federer, who chose him over his usual playing partner Yves Allegro – he will surely not be able to fly under the radar for much longer. “I’m living out my passion and am lucky enough to travel the world for my job. I’ve got no complaints. And while it’s great for Switzerland that we now have two representatives in the top 10, Roger Federer will still carry on getting more attention.”

In that case, Stan the Man can happily climb another seven places in the ATP rankings. As long as he stays Swiss No. 2, he can quietly go about his business…

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Roger will be in Basel tomorrow and there will be a reception on the market place. Stan will also be there and both will get a commendation for their Gold medal in the doubles in Beijing
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And, if you want to watch something from that reception live, this site says it will give a live streaming at 5.30 PM local Swiss time. http://www.20min.ch/sport/tennis/story/14131965
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And, if you want to watch something from that reception live, this site says it will give a live streaming at 5.30 PM local Swiss time. http://www.20min.ch/sport/tennis/story/14131965
oh, thanks so much for this ! Hopefully I can catch this tomorrow...
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I translated a short interview with Stan before the Vienna tournament:


Vienna is one of the best indoor tournaments

He is number nine of the world and Olympic champion, but he stands in his home country, Switzerland, in the shadow of Roger Federer. At the Bank Austria-tennis tournament in Vienna Stanislas Wawrinka (23) leads next week the strong field.

OÖN: You return to Vienna as last year’s finalist. Does this mean that you want to get the title this year?

Wawrinka: It is difficult, yet one step to make. But I'm confident. In the previous year I had a good tournament and lost the final against Novak Djokovic (4:6, 1:6; editor’s note). The important thing was that I got much self-confidence. I later reached the finals in Rome and Doha.

OÖN: With you and Roger Federer two Swiss are amongst the top 10 of the world. Does it bother you that you stand in the shadow of Federer?

Wawrinka: No, not at all. For me, Roger is the best player in the world, we understand us well and practice a lot together. I hope that we can win the Davis Cup together one day.

OÖN: You have both already became Olympic medalists in doubles.

Wawrinka: That was the best feeling I ever had. A dream come true.

OÖN: How do you assess the duel between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal?

Wawrinka: Roger surely lost self-confidence in between times, but he came back at the U.S. Open. About Nadal I can say that he always gets stronger.

OÖN: Where is your road leading you to?

Wawrinka: I can still improve on all surfaces. I am sure that I can move forward in the ranking. But where exactly it will end, I do not know.

OÖN: Why gave you the Vienna tournament preference when the tournaments in Asia lure with much more money?

Wawrinka: Money is not the most important thing. I'm about to play there, where I feel well. I like the city of Vienna and it is one of the best indoor tournaments. Moreover, I lastly traveled enough. I was in China, then in New York. Now to fly back to Asia would be exhausting.


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Er ist die Nummer neun der Welt und Olympiasieger, trotzdem steht er in seinem Heimatland, der Schweiz, im Schatten von Roger Federer. Beim Bank-Austria-Tennisturnier in Wien führt Stanislas Wawrinka (23) kommende Woche das starke Feld an.

OÖN: Sie kehren als Vorjahresfinalist nach Wien zurück. Heißt das, dass heuer der Titel her muss?

Wawrinka: Es wird schwer, noch einen Schritt zu machen. Aber ich bin zuversichtlich. Im Vorjahr habe ich hier ein gutes Turnier gespielt und erst das Endspiel gegen Novak Djokovic (4:6, 1:6; Anm.) verloren. Wichtig war, dass ich viel Selbstvertrauen gewonnen habe. Ich erreichte später das Finale in Rom und in Doha.

OÖN: Mit Ihnen und Roger Federer sind zwei Schweizer unter den Top 10 der Welt. Stört es Sie, dass Sie im Schatten von Federer stehen?

Wawrinka: Nein, gar nicht, für mich ist Roger der beste Spieler der Welt, wir verstehen uns gut und trainieren viel gemeinsam. Ich hoffe, dass wir gemeinsam einmal den Daviscup gewinnen können.

OÖN: Olympiasieger im Doppel sind Sie beide ja schon geworden.

Wawrinka: Das war das beste Gefühl, das ich je hatte. Ein Traum wurde wahr.

OÖN: Wie beurteilen Sie das Duell Roger Federer gegen Rafael Nadal?

Wawrinka: Roger hat zwischendurch sicher Selbstvertrauen verloren. Aber er ist bei den US Open zurückgekommen. Zu Nadal muss ich sagen, dass er immer stärker wird.

OÖN: Wo wird Sie Ihr Weg hinführen?

Wawrinka: Ich kann mich noch auf allen Belägen verbessern. Ich bin sicher, dass ich auch noch im Ranking nach vorne komme. Aber wo genau das enden wird, weiß ich nicht.

OÖN: Warum gaben Sie dem Wiener Stadthallenturnier den Vorzug, wo doch die Turniere in Asien mit wesentlich mehr Geld locken?

Wawrinka: Geld ist nicht das Wichtigste. Es geht mir darum, dort zu spielen, wo ich mich wohl fühle. Ich mag die Stadt Wien, und es ist hier eines der besten Hallen-Turniere. Außerdem bin ich zuletzt genug gereist. Ich war in China, dann in New York. Jetzt zurück nach Asien zu fliegen, wäre anstrengend.
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I have learnt a lot from Federer: Wawrinka

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Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer celebrate defeating Belgium's Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus during their Davis Cup Group Play-offs match in Lausanne on September 20

What has been the highlight this year for you — breaking into the top 10 or the Olympic gold medal in the doubles event?

The year has been satisfying for me. I broke into the top 10 in June but have slipped down to 13th position now with 302 points. I teamed up with Roger Federer for the doubles event in the Olympics and defeated the favourites American Bryan twins, Mike and Bob, 7-6(6), 6-4 in the semi-finals. We then went ahead and defeated Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson of Sweden in the finals, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3. The Olympic gold medal was the defining moment and an important achievement for me.

How much of an influence has Roger Federer been to you? Have you ever felt being overshadowed?
It’s a great achievement to play with Roger, who is a living legend. I cherish every moment I play with him. I have learnt a lot from him.

Are you seriously considering a career in doubles tennis, or currently focusing only on your singles form?

Well, not exactly. Things have been good for me. I am taking things as they come.

Do you prefer playing on clay courts given that all your wins have been on clay, except the one at Olympics?

Clay always brings out the best of me. That’s why many of my victories have been achieved on clay courts.

Your backhand strokes are something people talk about…

That’s right. My backhand is the best and the most powerful shot I have.

How difficult was it for you, both physically and mentally, to recover from your tendon injury in 2006?

I suffered a three-month setback, tearing a tendon in my right knee while practising for the Swiss Davis Cup team’s tie against Spain in February. It definitely was a difficult phase of my career and I am happy it’s better now.

How far do you think is a Grand Slam title from you?

Every tournament I play is important for me. They give me points and my performance is rated on the same. I have always aimed at winning every match I play and giving my best performance. Grand Slams are no different.

Where do you see yourself at the end of the next year?

I hope to regain my position in the top 10 and try to play my best. I am looking forward to a great start at the Chennai Open. I am sure things will be good for me and I will have many victories for the year to come ahead.

Will the Chennai Open give you your second ATP title?

Well… The Chennai Open is one of the top circuits and it’s the beginning of the next season. I hope to play my best and have a victory in my name.

Is tennis a family sport of the Warwrinkas with all of your siblings also involved in the game? Was it a natural choice for you too?

My father Wolfram is German, and my mother Isabelle is Swiss. They both work on a biodynamic farm helping handicapped people. My older brother Jonathan teaches tennis while my two younger sisters Djanaee and Naella, are tennis players. We all love the game. It has come naturally to me and tennis has always been very close to my heart.

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Thank you for posting the interview! Hopefully he'll do well in Chennai - he's defending finalist points from Doha last January. I will see him at Kooyong, fingers crossed
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