TENNIS 2014 ROLAND GARROS – 26th of May 2014. G. Garcia-Lopez d. S. Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. An interview with Stan Wawrinka
Q. Can you talk about the match and how you were feeling on the court.
STAN WAWRINKA: Not as good as I would like, but the match wasn’t good at all. I was trying to find my game, trying to find to be aggressive, trying to find anything, and I didn’t, you know.
For me, it’s not about the game. I don’t have all the answers for why I didn’t play that good. I feel some I need to take a few days off to see exactly what’s happen.
It’s a tough loss, for sure. But it’s like that. Sometimes you need to have some tough one to see exactly where you want to go and how you’re gonna do it.
Q. How much did nerves or pressure play into that performance?
STAN WAWRINKA: I was feeling okay. I was practicing well. I was feeling okay with the pressure, for sure. For myself I always put a lot of pressure on myself. But before the match and during the match it was not really about only the pressure.
I think it’s just a different story. Now it’s a different picture for my career. I need to put the puzzle back together, but differently than in the past, because now it’s, after winning Grand Slam, Masters 1000, being No. 3 in the world, everything is different, and I still didn’t find all the pieces.
Q. What are some of the things that are different? This is your first slam playing as a slam champion. How does that change your mindset or your preparation at all?
STAN WAWRINKA: The mindset and the preparation was the same, but it’s just that my level is different. So I’m playing so good in the practice, so sometimes in the match I expect more from myself. I’m not happy with small things. With little things, even when I’m playing okay, I’m not really happy because I know how well can I play.
So it’s more about that, the way I’m dealing with that, the way I want to put it together, and find a way how to be happy, how to play well, and how to win matches.
Q. Is that something that you’ve talked much to Roger about, sort of how to deal with the process of becoming a big favorite like that?
STAN WAWRINKA: Roger is not my coach, so I don’t…
He has a lot to deal with with his family, with his career, with everything. I’m not talking at all to Roger about that, you know. First, he doesn’t have time and I don’t have time, and I have a good team around me and I think I will be fine.
Q. How big of a disappointment is this for you? Were you expecting a lot from yourself this fortnight?
STAN WAWRINKA: It’s a big disappointment, for sure. I’m really sad with that loss, but cannot change. I have to accept. I have to see what was wrong, to see what I want to change, the way I want to do it, and now think about the future and not about that match anymore, because I can’t change the result.
For sure I would have loved to have won, to win a lot of matches here, but it’s not for this year. So now I need to think about the rest of the year. Not only the grass court season, but also the rest of all the year, because it’s still a lot to play and we will see.
Q. What did Magnus tell you before, during, and after the match?
STAN WAWRINKA: Before the match, we talked about the match, Magnus and I, as usual we talked about my opponent, how we would play. And then the story is not as funny, but we had a discussion, but I think we will have further discussions in the upcoming days.
Q. You said you are not at the level of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer. Does it mean that you understand the pressure they can feel when they walk on big tournaments year after year?
STAN WAWRINKA: No, not today. But since I won a slam, I realized that what they have been doing for years is just incredible. I think everyone knows it, but sometimes you don’t actually realize how difficult it is to do what they do, because sometimes journalists are sometimes tired to see them in final, especially Federer, because he’s been in so many finals for so many years.
But come on, it’s fabulous. And I know that I’m not at their level, because I didn’t win my first Grand Slam at the age of 20 like they did. I was 29. So things are different, and now I need to find a way to put the pieces back together for the end of the season, and tonight it’s a difficult loss.
I thought I had everything I needed to play a beautiful Roland Garros, but so far I had a very beautiful beginning of season, but I always want to have more and you’re never happy when you lose.
Q. You’re not back to the level you had in Australia? Are you afraid you might never get back to that level?
STAN WAWRINKA: No, I’m not afraid. Well, it’s difficult to have all the answers to your questions right now, but I’m both very confident and not confident enough.
I don’t want to walk on the court playing overly confident. What I’m saying is a bit messy, but I have to think about it.
Mikhail Kukushkin beat Italian Next Gen star Jannick Sinner in St. Petersburg
Mikhail Kukushkin beat 18-year-old Italian 18-year-old Italian Next Gen rising star Jannick Sinner 6-3 7-6 (7-4) after 1 hour and 40 minutes. Kukushkin fended off nine of the eleven break points he faced.
Sinner, who turned 18 last month and received a wild-card to take part at the next November’s ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan, did not convert three break points in the first game, but Kukushkin saved them to hold his first game.
Kukushkin, who won his only title in St.Petersburg in 2010, was the first to break serve in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Sinner earned three break points but Kukushkin fended them off. Sinner saved a break point in the eighth game but Kukushkin served out the opening set on his first set point.
Kukushkin went up a break in the third game of the second set to take a 2-1 lead, Sinner converted his second break-back point to draw level to 2-2. Kukushkin got a break lead for the second time but Sinner rallied from the break down for the second time to draw level to 4-4. Sinner earned set point at 5-4 to force a decider, but Kukushkin saved it to draw level to 5-5. Kukushkin got a mini-break in the tie-break to win the tie-break 7-4.
Adrian Mannarino, who won his first ATP Tour title in s’Hertogenbosch, beat Stefano Travaglia 7-5 6-2 after 1 hour and 19 minutes. Travaglia held his first two service games at love and broke serve to open up a 4-1 lead. Mannarino converted his first break-back point for 3-4. Both players held their serve to draw level to 5-5. Travaglia saved a break point, but he made two double faults to drop his serve in the 11th game for 5-6. Mannarino served out the first set on his first point.
Travaglia saved a break point at the start of the second set, but Mannarino converted his second chance.
Travaglia earned two break-back points in the second game but did Mannarino saved them to open up a 2-0 lead. Mannarino went up a 3-0 lead. The Frenchman saved a break point in the sixth game to race out to a 5-1 lead and sealed the win on his first match point.
Andy Murray To Play Four Tournaments In A Row Following Shanghai Wild Card
It is going to be a busy few week’s for the British player as he continues his comeback to the tour.
The comeback of former world No.1 Andy Murray is gaining momentum after he received a wild card into the most high-profile men’s tournament in China.
The three-time Grand Slam champion has been given entry into the Shanghai Masters, which will get underway on October 5th. Murray is one of only three players to have won the title three or more times. His last triumph was back in 2016 when he defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. That was also the last time the Brit played in the tournament after being hampered by a serious hip injury over the past two years.
“I’m really looking forward to going back to Shanghai, a tournament I have had success at in the past.” Murray said in a statement.
“Thanks to the tournament for a wild card, it’s great to be able to continue my comeback and play more tennis in China. Shanghai is a great city; I feel comfortable there and the fans are always supportive.”
Murray is continuing his return to the tour after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery earlier this season. The second operation he has had on his hip in as many years. So far in his singles comeback, the 32-year-old has lost his opening matches in Cincinnati (to Richard Gasquet) and Winston-Salem (to Tennys Sandgren). He is currently ranked 415th in the world.
“We are delighted to have Andy return to the tournament where he has been so successful,” Shanghai tournament director Michael Luevano said. “He is incredibly popular with our fans and we are all thrilled to see him back on the courts and heading to Shanghai.’
“He has been through a lot physically in recent times so to see him back doing what he loves is very rewarding for everyone in tennis.”
The addition of Shanghai to his schedule means Murray will play four tournaments in four weeks across two continents. He will also play at events in Zhuhai (ATP 250) and Beijing (ATP 500) prior to the Masters tournament. Then the week after, he will return to Europe to play at the European Open (ATP 250) in Antwerp, Belgium.
Murray is hoping to return back to his top form. So far in his career, he has won 45 titles on the ATP Tour and spent 41 consecutive weeks as world No.1.
Borna Coric Opens Up About Split With Coach
The Croatian No.1 has criticised his ex-mentor for working with Maria Sharapova earlier this year.
Borna Coric has said he had differences of opinion with his former coach ‘for some time’ before they decided to go their separate ways.
The world No.15 has shed light on the reasons behind his decision to part ways with Riccardo Piatti earlier this month. The two have worked together since 2017. Under Piatti’s guidance, Coric won the biggest title of his career in Halle last year. However, he hasn’t won any more silverware since then.
“There have been differences for some time, since the beginning of the year.” Coric said earlier this week.
“They reached the pinnacle at the US Open, after which we all sat around a table and decided to interrupt the collaboration.”
Piatti is a renowned coach in the world of men’s tennis and has worked with many top names. Including Novak Djokovic, Richard Gasquet and Milos Raonic. He also has his own academy in Italy, where he spent some time with Maria Sharapova during the summer and supported her during the US Open. Something that has been criticised by Coric.
“We can say that, it certainly did not help to resolve the differences and made the situation worse.” He commented on Piatti’s work with Sharapova.
“This was one of the main reasons. He is following several projects and could no longer focus fully on me. Given this and the previous divergences, we assessed that the separation was the best option.” Coric added.
The 22-year-old is hoping to end the year on a high after another injury setback. At the US Open he was forced to withdraw from the second round due to a back injury. His win-loss for the season currently stands at 23-15. Coric’s best runs so far in 2019 were at Doha and s-Hertogenbosch where he reached the semi-finals of both tournaments.
Coric is set to return to action next week in St. Petersburg, where he will be the fourth seed.
“Regardless of the situation, I have to try to make the most of this season . I am working hard in anticipation of the return to the field in St. Petersburg.” He concluded.
For the rest of the season Coric will be coached by Antonio Veic. Although there is a chance that more members will be added to his team in the near future.
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