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Stan Wawrinka – 12th of November 2014

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TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Novak Djokovic d. Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-0. Group A

Q. Looks like in terms of number of games, it was your worst defeat on the ATP. Do you have any explanation why matches have been so one sided in this tournament?

STAN WAWRINKA: No, I don’t have any explanation. I think it’s a big surprise for everybody. For us also.

It’s so strange because this year everybody before the tournament was expecting some big matches because was more surprise during all the year with me winning Grand Slam, Cilic also, Raonic, Nishikori being there. So everybody was expecting some big match.

But apparently Novak is playing really well. Roger also.

No, it’s strange for everybody to see all those match really quick.

Q. What changed in this match? You had a good start, 2 0. Seemed to go pretty quickly after that.

STAN WAWRINKA: Yeah, really quickly, not ‘pretty’.

For sure, was not my best match, that’s for sure. Also because he’s playing really well. He’s in confidence. He’s not missing much. Today I think it was more about what I was doing. He put me in a position that I think a little bit too much. I’m not really clear what I’m going to do, because he’s doing everything well and he’s returning well.

The serve was not good enough. Then I start to do mistake because here the conditions are really low. His ball is always coming to me and I cannot really mix the spin and try to get higher ball to try to attack him. That’s it.

When he got the break, when he start to be in front in the score, then he’s playing really well because he’s winning so many matches.

Q. You were saying with the top eight here, everybody is expecting great matches. Do you think that expectation is fair? Is the expectation too high in terms of the level that fans or the rest of us expect for this final tournament?

STAN WAWRINKA: The expectation, yeah, are right because that’s the top eight, actually nine, players of the year who are playing the best tennis. If you look all the past years, it was always some good match, some tough one, three setter match.

This year is really a big surprise I think for everybody to see those match so quick.

Q. You probably saw the reports in recent weeks about the Italian players that were named in the soccer match fixing investigation in Italy. If this is a concern of yours on the tour in general at the upper level, lower levels?

STAN WAWRINKA: I think we had some few problem in the lower level. Already some guys got caught for that. I think at the top level, I don’t think some player are doing this. I’m pretty sure about that.

You can see in the challenger level, I think it’s more easy to bet. It’s more easy to find place on how to bet on match. That’s important to win or lose.

No, it’s not really something important for me because I’m not doing it.

Q. Roger said the good thing of this system is that even you have a defeat, you can still pass. Do you still have hopes in this tournament?

STAN WAWRINKA: Yeah, you know, for sure. Even if I got killed today, I still have a good chance to qualify. I need to focus for the next match to play Cilic. I know if I can beat him, I have some big, big chance to qualify.

I’m still playing great tennis. I play a great match against Tomas Berdych. I’m practicing well now. I need to accept that match tonight and focus tomorrow to do some good practice and be ready for the last match.

Q. A lot of players talked about what it was like to see you break through to win at a Grand Slam this year, being somewhat of a surprise. What were your thoughts when you saw Cilic win at the US Open, which was a much bigger surprise than you?

STAN WAWRINKA: I don’t know if it was a bigger surprise. But, yeah, for me was a surprise also, like everybody, because he play amazing there, beating Roger in semifinal. I think he played his best match ever.

Yeah, also Nishikori beating Novak was quite a big surprise for me, especially when I played two days before Nishikori in five sets.

Yeah, I think it’s always good to see new player are winning some big tournaments, even if I know that the fans love to see the top guys still being there.

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Wrist Injury Threatening To End Holger Rune’s Olympic Dream

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Holger Rune will have a second medical opinion on Monday before deciding if he is fit enough to play at the Olympic Games, according to his team. 

The Danish world No.17 recently retired from his quarter-final match at the Hamburg Open due to a knee injury. The hope at the time was that his withdrawal would be just a precautionary measure ahead of the Olympics. However, he is also dealing with a second issue that appears to be more serious.

According to TV 2 Sport, Rune has been struggling with a wrist issue and underwent a scan on Sunday which his mother Aneke says ‘doesn’t look promising.’ Aneke is also the manager of her son’s career. Rune’s Olympic dreams now rest on the outcome of a second medical expert that he will visit tomorrow who has a better understanding of the sport. 

“Unfortunately, it does not look promising after the first medical opinion after the review of the scan of the wrist,” Aneke Rune told TV 2 Sport.

“We are waiting for two tennis-specific doctors who will give a second opinion tomorrow (Monday). Tennis wrists look different from regular wrists, so we’ll hold out hope for one more day.” 

Rune is one of three Danish players entered into the Olympic tennis event along with Caroline Wozniacki and Clara Tauson. The country has only won one medal in tennis before which was at the 1912 Games when Sofie Castenschiold won silver in the women’s indoor singles event. 

So far this season, the 21-year-old has won 27 matches on the Tour but is yet to claim a title. He reached the final of the Brisbane International and then the semi-finals of three more events. In the Grand Slams, he made it to the fourth round of the French Open and Wimbledon. 

It is not known when a final decision regarding Rune’s participation in Paris will be made.

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Motivation, Pressure And Expectations – Novak Djokovic Targets History At Wimbledon

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Novak Djokovic has broken numerous records throughout his career but he still feels the pressure of trying to make history in the sport. 

The world No.2 is through to his 10th Wimbledon final where he will play Carlos Alcaraz, who beat him at this stage of the tournament 12 months ago. There is plenty on the line for the Serbian who could equal Roger Federer’s record for most men’s titles won at SW19 and break the overall record for most major singles won in the sport if he triumphs over the Spaniard. Djokovic currently has 24 Grand Slam trophies to his name which is the same as Margaret Court, who won some of her titles before the Open Era started. 

“Obviously I’m aware that Roger [Federer] holds eight Wimbledons. I hold seven. History is on the line.” Djokovic said on Friday after beating Lorenzo Musetti.

“Also, the 25th potential Grand Slam. Of course, it serves as a great motivation, but at the same time it’s also a lot of pressure and expectations.”

Coming into Wimbledon, there had been doubts over Djokovic’s form after he underwent surgery to treat a knee injury he suffered at the French Open. However, he has defied the odds to reach the final. His run has also seen him beat Alexi Popyrin and Holger Rune before getting a walkover in the quarter-finals from Alex de Minaur, who sustained an injury during the tournament. Then on Friday, he overcame a spirited Musetti in three sets. 

Despite the challenge, Djokovic has insisted that his expectations to do well are always high no matter what the situation is. During what has been a roller-coaster first six months of the season, he is yet to win a title this year or beat a player currently ranked in the top 10. Although he will achieve both of these if her beats Alcaraz on Sunday. 

“Every time I step out on the court now, even though I’m 37 and competing with the 21-year-olds, I still expect myself to win most of the matches, and people expect me to win, whatever, 99% of the matches that I play.” He said.

“I always have to come out on the court and perform my best in order to still be at the level with Carlos [Alcaraz] or Jannik [Sinner] or Sascha [Zverev] or any of those guys, Daniil [Medvedev]. 

“This year hasn’t been that successful for me. It’s probably the weakest results the first six months I’ve had in many years. That’s okay. I had to adapt and accept that and really try to find also way out from the injury that I had and kind of regroup.”

Djokovic hopes that a Wimbledon win will help turn his season around like it has done in the past for him. 

“Wimbledon historically there’s been seasons where I wasn’t maybe playing at a desired level, but then I would win a Wimbledon title and then things would change.” He commented.

“For example, that was the case in 2018 when I had elbow surgery earlier in the year, dropped my rankings out of top 20, losing in fourth round of Australian Open, I think it was quarters of Roland-Garros, and just not playing the tennis that I want to play. Then I won Wimbledon and then won US Open and then later on became No.1 very soon.”

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Alcaraz is hoping to stop Djokovic in his tracks. Should he defend his title at Wimbledon, he would become the first player outside the Big Three to do so since Pete Sampras more than 20 years ago. He has won their only previous meeting on the grass but trails their head-to-head 3-2. 

“I’m sure he knows what he has to do to beat me,” said Alcaraz.

“But I’m ready to take that challenge and I’m ready to do it well.”

When the two players take to the court to play in the Wimbledon final, Djokovic will be 15 years and 348 days older than Alcaraz. Making it the largest age gap in a men’s Grand Slam final since the 1974 US Open. Whoever is victorious will receive £2,700,000 in prize money. 

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