Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Stanislas Wawrinka: “I'm just trying to take tournament after tournament. That's the only way to improve, to make more points.” - UBITENNIS
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Mutua Madrid Open 2014 Interviews. Stanislas Wawrinka: “I'm just trying to take tournament after tournament. That's the only way to improve, to make more points.”



TENNIS Mutua Madrid Open 2014 – An interview with Stanislas Wawrinka.


Q. You’ve had a very successful year so far. Are you coming into Madrid with a different feeling?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I’m happy with the start of the year. For sure couldn’t be better for me playing like this, winning three tournaments already.

No, I’m coming here with a lot of confidence, but every tournament, it’s different. Here it’s flying, a little bit altitude, and it’s never easy to play, especially at the beginning of the tournament.

But I’m happy to be back, because I played the final last year. It’s a great event. I always enjoy to come back here, to play here. I’m looking forward for the first match.

Q. Because of the altitude is the reason why you were practicing that often? I saw you were practicing twice a day.

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: When you’re a tennis player, you have to practice to improve. That’s what I’m doing. I came here early to get ready for the tournament, to get ready here because I want to play well here.

No, I’m just practicing a lot because I still try to improve my game, still try to play better tennis. That’s the only way, to go back on the practice court and practice with your coach.

Q. You’re first in ATP rankings. What chances do you think you have to go to first in the world, or it’s even a goal?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, it’s not my goal so far. I’m still far away from Novak and Rafa. I’m not looking for that at all. I’m just trying to take tournament after tournament. That’s the only way to improve, to make more points.

That’s what I’m doing. I know that every match are difficult. I know that I’m playing my best game. I know that I can beat all the players. But have to do it on every matches. It’s really tough, so I’m just trying to play well and to be ready for every tournament.

Q. What are you doing better than other players to be competing for the grand titles with a one‑handed backhand when there are not as many, if you don’t count Federer obviously. What are you doing differently. Why can you take Nadal’s forehand for example, against your backhand?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, my backhand is really good since many years. I’m playing really hard for the backhand side. I can mix with the long line, with the cross, with the short cross. I can play hard even from far behind the line.

I don’t know, it’s just that I feel really good on that side. I think I have the power to play that one‑handed backhand.

Q. You just said that you felt that you were still a little way behind Rafa and Novak. What do you feel you need to improve in your game? We’ve seen this with Andy Murray. There was a lot of talk that he couldn’t, but then he did. What do you think you need to do to get up to that level?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, I have a lot of place for improvement in my game, and I’m trying every day to find solution to improve.

But so far what I need to do is to keep my level during every tournament. You know, since the beginning of the year I won three tournaments over five. I won a Grand Slam, Masters 1000, so that’s mean I’m doing the right thing.

But I need to do it all the year if I want to be in the better place in the ranking.

Q. Just like to ask about the Davis Cup. You’re the No. 1 in Switzerland. Does that give you more pressure, and do you think you can win to this year?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, Davis Cup this year is even more special because Roger is playing. We all know that when he’s in the team you have a strong team. That’s what happened this year. We are qualified for the semifinal, playing at home, against Italy. We’re favorite on the paper, but it’s always tough and different in Davis Cup.

For me to be No. 1 in the ranking doesn’t change, because I always feel that I’m No. 2 after Roger. It’s just that when you see that I am No. 1 and he is No. 2, it means we have a really strong team. But we’ll see.

Next tie is in September. We have time and a lot of tournament to play and focus on. We are going to be ready for September.



Svetlana Kuznetsova upsets Ashleigh Barty in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career



Russian wild card Svetlana Kuznetsova edged top seed this year’s Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty 6-2 6-4 in the semifinal of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati to reach the 42nd final of her career.


Two-time Grand Slam champion Kuznetsova, who is now ranked world number 153, scored her third win against top 10 players this week  after beating former US Open champion Sloane Stephens and Karolina Pliskova.

Barty missed her chance to regain world number 1 spot from Naomi Osaka, who was forced to retire from her quarter final.

Barty earned the first break of the match in the second game of the opening set, when Kuznetsova netted a backhand. Kuznetsova broke back in the third game with a smash winner and earned another break at 2-2 when Barty netted a backhand. Kuznetsova hit a return winner to build up a 5-2 lead. Barty asked a medical time-out to treat he right leg. Kuznetsova held serve at 15 to close out the opening set after 30 minutes.

Kuznetsova went up a break in the first game of the second set. Barty won just three points on return in the second set. Kuznetsova closed out the second set with three winners in the 10th game.

“I am really happy. I am not really an analyzing person, but on my intuition, I am doing so much better, not repeating so many of my mistakes, just playing smarter and wiser now. It’s been so many different things when I was off, so I just enjoyed time off. Honestly, I was not missing at all the travelling and all the stress when you play tournaments, but now I have missed it and I feel good. I feel joy staying here and being here. It definitely helped me to have some time off to see other things outside tennis”, said Kuznetsova.


Kuznetsova set up a final against Madison Keys, who beat Sofia Kenin in straight sets. The Russian 34-year-old veteran player has qualified for her first final since last year, when she beat Donna Vekic in Washington.


“Madison is extremely tough. When she is on fire, it is really hard to play against her. It’s going to be a difficult match-up”, said Kuznetsova.  

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David Goffin reaches his first Masters 1000 in Cincinnati



David Goffin beat Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-4 on an overcast afternoon to reach the first Masters 1000 final of his career and his 13th title match at ATP Tour level at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Goffin has dropped just one set en route to the final.


Goffin is returning to his best form this summer under the guidance of former Swedish player Thomas Johansson. He reached the final in Halle and his first quarter final at Wimbledon. He received a walkover after Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to withdraw from the match due to food poisoning.

The Belgian player started the match with two consecutive holds before breaking at love to open up a 4-1 lead with a backhand winner down the line.

Goffin held his next service games to seal the opening set 6-3. Gasquet earned an early break to open  2-0 lead, but Goffin won five of the next six games with two breaks. The 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up served out the win at love in the 10th game after 1 hour and 16 minutes, as Gasquet sent his backhand long.

Goffin reached the semifinal in Cincinnati last year, but he was forced to retire due to an arm injury.

“I am very happy. It’s a tournament I like and I have played the best tennis in the past few years. I am really happy to reach my first Masters 1000 final here. It’s a great moment for me.”



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Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013



Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.


 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.



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