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Because, you see, his mentality hasn't changed that much since he won the Australian Open. Worse than that, he probably thinks too highly of himself and his tennis now and keeps underestimating so-called weaker opponents. That's probably why he keeps having those unexpected losses and why he'll probably never be where he's expected to be.

What would you do if you were Norman? What would you tell him?
Will the R1 exit at Roland Garros finally put him in his right place (as "dark horse" and not a favourite) and, by extension, will it cool him off? He clearly needs it.


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He definitely needs to change something with regards to his approach to these matches. Since the AO he's had one good tournament and lost to Anderson, Dolgopolov, Golubev, Thiem, Haas, and GGL.
 

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He definitely needs to change something with regards to his approach to these matches. Since the AO he's had one good tournament and lost to Anderson, Dolgopolov, Golubev, Thiem, Haas, and GGL.
I'm not sure there's anything he can change, he is what he is. He's Djokovic, Nadal, Murray, or even Del Potro, he doesn't have the patience to grind it out.
 

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actually AO has changed him on worse. He thinks he got some extra powers and that he is capable of playing GOAT tennis every point. on the court he looks like some ballbashing journeyman
That's actually true. He rushes the points and tries to hit unthinkable winners from any kind of position. He's become a weird kind of ballbasher with all it implies: impatience, lack of intelligence and hopelessness.
 

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actually AO has changed him on worse. He thinks he got some extra powers and that he is capable of playing GOAT tennis every point. on the court he looks like some ballbashing journeyman
He doesn´t try his best. He´s ballbashing and his footwork and return games are horrible sometimes. He really needs to get back on track. Work hard instead of enjoy your life as a superstar when you backed up your performance as a sportsman. :mad:
 

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To be fair to Wawrinka. What DID you guys expect from him in the clay season that ended today

If you were told that before clay season started he'd win Monte Carlo, yet lose the 1R of the French Open. Would you have taken that over a better French Open result and more clay wins but no wiwles?
 

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he's a little bit lazy now, sad to say, Norman need to beat the sh*t out of him again, no more night party, TV show or exclusive interview with those porno magazines :mad:.
 

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Seems like this is going to be a difficult summer for Stan, he needs to pick himself up somehow.. I'm quite worried atm.
 

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actually AO has changed him on worse. He thinks he got some extra powers and that he is capable of playing GOAT tennis every point. on the court he looks like some ballbashing journeyman
That's...fairly accurate. Before he would at least construct the point before going for an outright winner. Now he rushes too much and look put off if he actually has to fight to win the match. That's not what a coach wants to see their player do and Norman should get on his case for it.
 

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I'm not worried about Stan. The big 4(Roger,Rafa,Murray,Novak) have spoiled tennis fans with their consistency over the years, but before them you saw top seeds get knocked out early at all the time. If you're expecting Stan to go deep at every tournament you are hoping for too much, but when he gets hot look out.
 

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And let's also talk about his on-court behaviour.
He's been shouting and acting like a spoiled brat whenever things weren't going his way. He's believed his own hype so he's started acting like a diva.
 

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And let's also talk about his on-court behaviour.
He's been shouting and acting like a spoiled brat whenever things weren't going his way. He's believed his own hype so he's started acting like a diva.
here is the summary you are looking for

Wawrinka still not on the ground. WTF he thinks who he is that he can go for those kind of shots and except to land in :spit: ? He was always saying that he was " the wrong Swiss ", so acting " the right one " won't finish well. Stan, eat few humble pies and come back when you become aware of your abilities. Your are just making a fool of yourself
 

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It is just another chapter on Stan's story, really starting from last year. It is just the start of Book 2, where Book 1 ended on his win at the AO. He is just starting his journey as a new Slam champion, in a day where you are not expected to win even the Masters except for just 4 names. He started well on IW, especially getting a 6-2 6-0 against Seppi, a Top 35 player. The next match though -- lost to Anderson, a player who he hasn't lost too, was not winning against Berdych whom he has defeated at AO, in an unflattering fashion in the 3rd Set. Kind of the same happened in Miami, losing to Dolgo 6-1 again. It seems like his heart is not there, and it seems to be showing in DC. The moment though he knows, he doesn't want to let Fed down, and especally Switzerland. So he just probably thought "whatever, I might lose here anyway, but I am not losing without a fight" and won the next Sets in his last rubber match. He probably felt relieved, winning in MC against Federer and Ferrer, two good Clay court players. He carried it on Madrid on paper, but he wasn't ready for Thiem's resolve. It probably also affected him as he faced Haas and now GGL -- he has been bad against OHBH lately. I just hope if not now, but later would he recover -- his work with Magnus Norman have been incredible and an inspiration to tennis players IMO, but it seems he is not cooperating and probably scaring some players that winning a Slam might be bad for you.
 
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