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Stan Wawrinka: “The back is good. I had two days off with treatment”

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TENNIS ROLAND GARROS 2014 – Stan Wawrinka pre-tournament interview.

 

Q. You come into that Grand Slam as a Grand Slam champion. How has had a changed coming into this tournament.

STAN WAWRINKA: More press to do (smiling). But, no, it’s been great so far. You know, it’s more about my game. I’m really happy with the way I’m playing. I’m really confident for the tournament. I had good preparation, and I’m excited to play, to start the tournament.

I’m ready now, so we’ll see when I’m going to play.

 

Q. Just wondering how the back is feeling and physically how are you coming into this tournament?

STAN WAWRINKA: The back is good. I had two days off with treatment and arrive Wednesday here, first practice here Wednesday. I’m 100% fit. I’m really happy I’m playing good.

Physically I’m ready, and mentally also, so that’s why I’m happy and I’m excited to start.

 

Q. The title in Monte Carlo, how big was that in terms of your confidence for clay, specifically, coming into here?

STAN WAWRINKA: It was really big. Not only for clay but in general, you know, after winning Grand Slam it was important for me to win a Masters 1000. It was something really difficult, but I did it in Monaco, first tournament on clay against Roger, so it was even more special.

But for sure the confidence, that’s something big for me, to know that I can beat the top guys even on Masters 1000, on clay courts.

And now I’m ready for here. We’ll see. I had two quick loss in Madrid and Rome, but I’m okay. I was playing good tennis. I’m happy the way I’m playing in practice, and I know for me that’s the most important.

THE MODERATOR: Questions in French.

 

Q. I like Stanislas.

STAN WAWRINKA: Well, you can call me Stanislas.

 

Q. Why did you ask ATP to change your first name? Why should we say Stan and not Stanislas?

STAN WAWRINKA: Because everybody calls me Stan apart from you, and no, kidding. It’s just to simplify everything on the draw, my name during the press reference. That’s the only reason.

Of course I’m STAN WAWRINKA. That’s all right. Andy did it, as well. It’s to simplify the whole thing. That’s all. Nothing important.

 

Q. Well, you know, in terms of quick math, people say you’re the favorite here in Paris. How would you feel about this, to be the favorite?

STAN WAWRINKA: Well, it’s going on well, I must say. I have repeated this here and again. I’m one of the favorites. I understand this, by the way.

But I’m far behind Rafa and Novak. They are really above the other players. You know, when they are really on the courts they are difficult to fight against.

But I have played well. I won the Masters 1000 and a Grand Slam. I’m playing good tennis. I can win against all players.

But the way I look at this Grand Slam is not different. You know, I’m not looking where I am on the draw. It’s the first match, the first round, that counts. Who I’m going to play against, that’s how it starts, how you get started in the tournament.

 

Q. Apart from this Grand Slam title, which changes the whole deal, what’s the main difference between STAN WAWRINKA last year here in Paris and this year in terms of your tennis, in terms of your physical preparation?

STAN WAWRINKA: Well, I play better at a high level. My confidence mainly, it’s different. I know that whoever I’m going to play against, I can defeat them all.

It depends very much on me. Then, you know, at the end of the day, it’s small details that make the biggest differences in terms of rankings and results.

 

Q. Do you think you have become a model for all the outsiders on the tournament? Maybe you’re going to give other players some ideas about it.

STAN WAWRINKA: A model? Well, no. For sure no. But maybe I have given them ideas, that’s true. But, you know, it’s not because I have won this Grand Slam that the others will do the same. You know, it’s not by watching people play or win that you’re going to win yourself.

And yet I have shown that things are possible. It’s possible, yet it’s very difficult. It’s tough and complicated to go for it and fight against the best.

 

Q. Was it easy with these two losses in the last two tournaments? What about the days after Rome, the first few days after Rome?

STAN WAWRINKA: Well, no problem, you see, no big deal. I know why I lost these two matches, as I said, and also in Madrid. It was the first round. The other player played well, and I was not really there playing a good match.

It might happen, you see, but no problem as far as I’m concerned. During practice I play well. I do my best during the match. I fight hard. In Rome I was playing a very good tennis style before my back hurt. It might happen. You have to do with it.

Then I took a good rest and I practiced for the French Open and I practiced a lot this morning and well this morning. So I think I’m ready at a high level for this Open.

 

Q. You won the Australian Open, the Grand Slam. Would you look at this tournament differently psychologically, I mean? Because now, you know, people look at you differently on the courts or also off the courts.

STAN WAWRINKA: Yeah, I look at this Open differently. I had to adapt after Australia. When I’m here now, I know that I can go far. I have done that before. So the way I look at it is quite different.

Mentally speaking I have more confidence. Mentally I know what it takes, what I have to do to be ready. The way I start the tournament has not really changed. You know, I’m not looking at the draw too much because I know how difficult it is to last two weeks and to play five set matches.

So many things can happen.

And there is also the conditions, the weather, and you have to be ready from the first match.

Apart from the general aspect of the tournament, that is, I know I can have a good draw and go far and deep, but each match is a new challenge and you have to take them as they come.

 

Q. You are not saying you’re a favorite. How come? Is it because you feel there is too much pressure on your shoulders? Is it because you’re hiding away?

STAN WAWRINKA: (Smiling) Well, it’s reality, you know. You know, what I said is very clear. That is the favorites, there is Nadal and Djokovic. They are far above the rest.

You can tell me what you want. It’s always going to be the case. When they’re on the courts, nobody else can beat them.

You know, I’ll be with Rog just afterwards, just after them. I’m one of the favorites, but I wouldn’t said I’m the top favorite. I’m so far from Nadal, so far from Djokovic.

As I always say, these players are outstanding, they’re exceptional. But the difference is if I were to play against them, I know that when I’m on the courts I can defeat them.

It’s not because they are well above where I stand that I’m going to lose against them.

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Denis Shapovalov wins Next Gen clash against Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarter final in Winston Salem

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Denis Shapovalov beat Serbian Next Gen Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 16 minutes in Winston Salem winning two consecutive matches for the first time since he reached the Miami Open semifinal last March.

 

Shapovalov won 80 % of his service points and fended off four of the six break points he faced.

The Canadian Next Gen player earned six break points in the second game of the first set, but Kecmanovic saved them. Shapovalov earned the break in the fourth game at 15 to build up a 3-1 lead.

Shapovalov went up a double break in the next game after a forehand error from Kecmanovic. The Canadian player wrapped up wrapped up the first set 6-2 with two winners and two double faults from Kecmanovic after 37 minutes.

Shapovalov went up a 3-0 lead with a break, but he wasted three break points in the fourth game. Kecmanovic broke back to draw level to 3-3 and earned two break points in the seventh game, but Shapovalov saved them with two winners. The North American star broke serve in the next game to open up a 5-3 lead. Shapovalov hit four winners in the ninth game to close out the match.

Shapovalov is currently working with Mikhail Youzhny, who returned in St. Petersburg last September and is sitting in his coaching box in Winston Salem.

“Miomir is a very tough opponent. I have played him a lot in the past. We have had some crazy battles. I am really happy with the way I am playing”,said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who battled past Sam Querrey 7-4 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10). In the tie-break of the second set Rublev saved three set points and Querrey fended off two match points. Rublev hit a forehand winner at 10-11 on Querrey’s serve to seal the win after 1 hour and 54 minutes. Rublev took a re-match against Querrey, who beat the young Russian player at Wimbledon in straight sets.

“It’s a special win for me. He just destroyed me, and now we had a great fight, and we were so close and I was a little more lucky”, said Rublev.

 Frances Tiafoe advanced to his fourth quarter final and his first since May when Filip Krajinovic had to withdraw from the match after losing the first set 6-2. Tiafoe went up a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead.

Hubert Hurkacz got three breaks to build up a 6-3 3-1 lead, when Feliciano Lopez was forced to retire from the match after 55 minutes.

Pablo Carreno Busta cruised past Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 6-0 after 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach his fourth quarter final of the season. Sonego got an early break to open up a 4-1 lead in the first set. Carreno Busta broke back in the sixth game before converting his sixth set point in the tie-break. The Spaniard broke three times to cruise to a bagel win in the second set after 25 minutes.

Benoit Paire came back from losing the first set to beat French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Paire broke serve, when Humbert was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set. Paire went up a double break to a 4-1 lead. Humbert converted his third break-back point in the eighth point, but Paire broke for the third time to seal the win.

John Millman cruised past Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 setting up a quarter final match against Steve Johnson, who beat Casper Ruud 6-2 7-6 (7-5).

 

 

 

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Andy Murray To Play Rafa Nadal Open

The former world No.1 has announced where he will play next as his comeback from injury continues.

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Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is returning back to the Challenger tour for the first time since the year he turned professional back in 2005.

 

The Brit is set to take to the court in Manacor next week to play in a hard court tournament named after his rival Rafael Nadal. Murray is currently in the process of stepping up his comeback from a second hip operation earlier this year. The Rafa Nadal Open will be only his third singles tournament since January. Murray has previously lost in the first rounds at Cincinnati and Winston-Salem to Richard Gasquet and Tennys Sandgren.

Murray, who is currently ranked 329th in the world, had previously hinted that he may return back to the lower levels of competition in order to help regain his form. It will be the first time he has played a Challenger tournament since the 2005 Mons Open.

“I’m quite aware of sort of where I’m at just now and what my level is. It’s competitive at this level but it needs to be better,” Murray told atptour.com last week.
“Maybe I need to play a level down to get some matches and build my game up a little bit before I start playing on the Tour again.”

The 32-year-old had declined a wild card invitation to play at next week’s US Open due to concerns that he wouldn’t be fit enough to contest best-of-five set matches. He reached the second round of the tournament last year before losing to Fernando Vertdasco.

Murray’s return to the Challenger Tour is expected to be short lived. He has already confirmed his intention to play a duo of ATP Tournaments in Zhuhai and Shanghai. On Wednesday he added the European Open in Antwerp to his schedule, where a maximum of 250 ranking points will be on offer.

“With Andy Murray on our tournament poster, we are now reaching absolute world class and taking the European Open to an unprecedented level in Belgium.” Said tournament director Dick Norman.

Since his comeback in June, Murray has won one title on the ATP Tour. Doing so alongside Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles at The Fever-tree Championships.

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Andrey Rublev follows up his Cincinnati win over Rober Federer with a three-set win over Albert Ramos Vinolas in Winston Salem

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Andrey Rublev followed up his win over Roger Federer in Cincinnati with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1 win over Albert Ramos Vinolas in Winston Salem.

 

The Russian 21-year-old player did not face a break point in the first set, but he lost the tie-break 7-5. Rublev was leading 5-3 in the tie-break, but Ramos Vinolas fought back by winning four consecutive points to win the first set.

Rublev earned two breaks in each set and dropped 11 points in his service games to win the second and third sets 6-3 6-1.

Canadian Next Gen player Denis Shapovalov overcame a fight-back from Tennys Sandgren to take a 6-2 6-4 lead. Shapovalov broke serve in the sixth game to open up a 4-2 lead and sealed the first set with a double break with a backhand winner on his second set point. Shapovalov broke serve at love to build up a 3-0 lead. Sandgren broke straight back in the fifth game at love to claw his way back to 2-3 and took a second break at love to take a 4-3 lead. Shapovalov came back by breaking serve in the eighth and tenth games to clinch the win in two sets. Shapovalov, who has clinched just five of his eleven matches since Miami last March, has brought on Mikhail Youzhny as his coach on a trial basis. The now retired 37-year-old Russian player is in Shapovalov’s coaching box.

“It was definitely a great win. We have played a few times in the past and I normally play well against him, so I was just trying to be aggressive and take time away from him. I am feeling fresh and ready for tough situations like the second set today, so I am looking forward to my next match”, said Shapovalov.

 Top seed Benoit Paire reached the third round after beating India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-3 7-5 in 69 minutes. The French player broke three times and fended off four of the five break points he faced. Gunneswaran got the break back in the seventh game. Paire got another break to open up a 5-3 lead and saved a break point to seal the opening set 6-3 at love in the ninth game.

Both players held serve in the first ten games of the second set. Paire won 12 of the last 16 points and closed out the second set 7-5 with a break in the 11th game to reach the round of 16.

Filip Krajnovic came back from one set down to beat Tomas Berdych 3-6 7-5 6-1. The Serbian player went down a break to trail 4-5 in the second set, but he came back by breaking serve in the 10th game, when Berdych was serving for the match. Krajnovic broke serve in the 12th game to win the second set 7-5. Krajinovic broke twice in a row in the fifth and seventh games to cruise to a 6-1 win in the third set.

Feliciano Lopez edged Pablo Andujar 6-4 1-6 7-5 in just over two hours. Lopez dropped just three points and got the first break in the third game to win the first set 6-4. Andujar broke twice in a row to win the second set 6-1 forcing the match to the third set. Both players traded breaks in the second and third games. Lopez sealed the win with a break in the 12th game.

Hubert Hurkacz came back from one set down to beat Duckhee Lee 4-6 6-0 6-3. Lee became the first deaf player to win an ATP Tour match.

Sam Querrey toppled beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3 7-5 after 1 hour and 29 minutes. Baena converted the only break point but Querrey converted three of his ten break points. Querrey reeled off the final eight points from 5-5 with a break at love to seal the second set 7-5.

John Millman came back from one set down to beat Marco Cecchinato 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3. Cecchinato saved the first break point of the match in the 12th game to set up a tie-break. Millman went up a mini-break, but Cecchinato broke straight back. Cecchinato got another break earning a set point and sealed the tie-break 7-5. Millman did not convert two break points in the fifth game, but he broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and held his next service games to win the second set 6-4. Both players held their serve until 3-3 before Millman got the decisive break in the seventh game. The Australian player sealed the win with a double break in the ninth game.

Lorenzo Sonego beat Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-4 setting up a match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Sonego converted his fourth break point chance at deuce in the second game and sealed the first set with a double break. Dzumhur led 4-3 in the second set, but Sonego reeled off the final 12 points and broke serve at love in the ninth game to seal the second set 6-4.

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