Stanislas Wawrinka: “There’s A Big Chance I Get Drunk Tonight!”
by Tom Gainey | January 26th, 2014, 9:01 am
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Congrats to Stanislas Wawrinka, the man of the hour. At 28, the Swiss who’s been in Roger Federer’s shadow for so long finally broke into the spotlight after stunning Rafael Nadal 63, 62, 36, 63 to win his first career Grand Slam at the Australian Open Sunday night in Melbourne.

The 8th-seeded Wawrinka had never beaten Nadal in 12 previous encounters and never had even taken a set of the 26 they played. Nor had he ever defeated a World No. 1 in 15 tries before. But tonight was the night as Wawrinka overpowered Nadal early then battled the nerves and rode out a Nadal back injury to victory.

Wawrinka, a semifinalist at the US Open, finally puts on hold the domination from the likes of Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. He also becomes the first player ever to beat Djokovic and Nadal in the same Major.

Coach Magnus Norman is also making a name for himself. The former No. 2 led Robin Soderling to his shocker over Nadal at the 2009 French Open, and now does it again with Wawrinka.

For the win Stanislas earns 2.650M AUS and will jump to No. 3 in the rankings behind Nadal and Djokovic.

After winning just his sixth career title, Wawrinka met the press to discuss the big night.

Q. Do you feel that you played well?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I feel I play my best tennis during one set and one break. That’s for sure. I was feeling really good on the court. I was moving well, feeling really aggressive, and I play my best set for sure by far.

Then wasn’t easy. He get injury. I saw that. He wasn’t serving at all. He wasn’t moving during one set. Then was a completely different match. I had to focus on myself, to try to find the way just to win it.

I saw that and I knew it was really, really difficult for him. I was unhappy for that because normally that’s not the way I want to win the match.

But it’s a final. At the end I won in four sets. I think I finish well the match. Yeah, to get the win, it’s just amazing for me.

Q. You must have so many different emotions going through your head. Was it like a rollercoaster for you?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, yeah, it’s quite crazy what’s happening right now. I never expect to win a Grand Slam. I never dream about that because for me, I was not good enough to beat those guy.

During the match tonight was important. I talk a lot with Magnus who has been in that situation, to play a final. He told me it was important not to think about the result but think about the way you want to play, the way you want to win every point.

You know, was surprise how well I start the match. In the beginning, he was good, he was fit, he wasn’t injury. And myself, again, I was playing amazing tennis.

Yeah, then was the second match in the match. I had to stay calm with myself just to try to stay aggressive because he was injury, but he was still trying a little bit. Was not easy. I start to be really nervous because I start to realize that I could win a Grand Slam.

So it wasn’t easy. But at the end I just come back to the game and focus on what I want to do.

Q. Were you surprised by how relaxed you were at the start?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: In general I’m quite relaxed before the match, or the day before, the day of the match. I was nervous during the preparation, during the warmup, before to come on the court.

But then we talk with Magnus, with Severin also. They’ve been in that situation. What was important was to enjoy also, not to be too nervous, not to be too focused, to enjoy and be ready for the match.

I was more surprised about how well I was playing. That’s for sure. I was expecting to be little bit nervous, not to move so well, especially at the beginning like I did against Djokovic.

But tonight was just the perfect start.

Q. When you went up 4 2 in the fourth set, then you played that horrible game. Now it’s forgotten, but…
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: The problem is I didn’t play well because I was waiting for him to miss, and that was a big mistake from myself. Because I was nervous, I was like, Okay, miss, miss, make a mistake, because I’m not going to win the match because I’m nervous; I start to realize that I can win the Grand Slam.

But then I did two good game. I was moving better, just play aggressive, and I finished well the match.

Q. What is actually winning a Grand Slam like?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: To be honest, I don’t realize. I still think that I’m dreaming. It’s strange feeling, you know. I saw so many final. I always try to watch the final of Grand Slam because that’s where the best player are playing.

Before today for me wasn’t a dream. I never expect to play a final. I never expect to win a Grand Slam. And right now I just did it. And especially the way I was playing all the tournament, it’s for me a big surprise to play that well. To beat Rafa today, even if he was injury, I think I play my best first set during the match; I was ready to play four hours or five to beat Novak in the quarter, to beat Berdych in semis.

That shows me I’m doing the right thing since many years. That if you practice well, if you work hard, you will always have a chance to be in a great position to play your best tennis.

Q. When did you first hear Beckett’s words and what has that meant to you in recent times and tonight?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Well, a long time ago for me. I did a tattoo only one year ago. I had that quote in my head for a long time. It was part of my life, how I see the life, and especially how I see the tennis life.

Before today, I always saying that except Roger, Rafa, Novak, you always lose, especially every week. So it’s not easy because tennis life, when you lose, it’s tough to get through and to take a positive from a lost, from failing from a tournament.

So that’s how I see, in general, my career. I always go back to the court. I always go back to practice to try to improve myself and to give me all the chance to beat the best player in the world.

Q. Can you talk about Roger, what his support has meant to you? And have you heard from him since the match?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, Roger is a good friend. He’s for me the best player ever. He’s been there since so many years. He was struggling a little bit last year, but except that he’s an amazing player, amazing friend, because he always wants the best for me.

He’s always texting me. Even if he lost, like in the US Open, he was the first person to text me before the match or after the match.

Yeah, I didn’t call so many person, but my wife, my daughter, my sister, and Roger call me. So, yeah, was nice for me. I know that he’s really, really happy for me. He always wanted the best for me.

Q. In the match where much will be made about Nadal’s injury, did you feel it important to get the word in with your forehand winner?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: On the winner?

Q. Yes.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don’t care. As long as I won the match, for me doesn’t matter (laughter).

Again, to be really honest, it’s a final of Grand Slam, so I’m really happy to win it. But it’s not the way a tennis player wants to win a match, because the opponent is injury.

But when it’s happen, you have to take it. It’s maybe once in my life that I will appear final of Grand Slam.

But Rafa is a really good friend. We always practice together. We have good relationship with his team also. He’s always texting me when I won.

So was strange to play him in the final. But I was really sad for him. I really hope that it’s not too bad for him because he was already injury last year, and he came back the better player in the world. He’s No. 1 now. He won so many title last year. He’s someone that we need in tennis.

So I really hope for him that it’s just something that happen tonight and he’s going to be fine for the rest of the season.

Q. You said before you didn’t think you were so good. It’s more surprising for you to win a slam or to be No. 3 in the world?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: To win a slam, to be No. 3, both for me is a big surprise. But I think more to win a slam. Because in the ranking you can be No. 3 without winning a slam. But now it’s both happening, so it’s a big surprise.

It’s amazing feeling. I saw Roger winning so many Grand Slam in the past, so now it’s my turn to win one. If you look the 10 past year, except del Potro, it’s only the top four guys who was winning all the Grand Slams.

So, yeah, I will need time to realize what I did in these two weeks. Because at the end, even if Rafa was injury, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, No. 2; I won against Rafa.

I did amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever.

Q. You had a long conversation with the umpire while he was having his back treated. Your language is French, the umpire speaks French. Yet you had it in English. Did you want us to hear it?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, I didn’t know he was speaking French. We always speak English together. But what did you hear?

Q. We heard it all.
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: So you don’t need my answer.

Q. Why did you go on so long with him?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Because I just wanted to know what was the problem of Rafa. Because before he ask the physio for me, he was checking his feet. I didn’t know really what was the problem.

Normally when the physio is coming on the court, the umpire always say the opponent why he’s coming. He didn’t want to tell me, so I get pissed, and I think it’s my (indiscernible.)

Q. Were you surprised by the fact that the crowd booed him when he came back on?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, I think it was not that nice, especially Rafa. We all know that he’s a great guy, a great player. He’s always a really fair player. He always tries his best. He is always fighting.

The problem for me, it was not that he was taking a physio, that he left the court. I just wanted to know why, what was this problem, just to know for the rest of the match.

But, yeah, was quite strange that the crowd start to boo him.

Q. Was it difficult for you that you were the underdog so everyone was going for you in the beginning, then when Nadal became injured they all went for Nadal? Did that become difficult?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: No, not in that way. It was difficult to focus and to still play good because the match was really strange.

But, you know, I had two amazing week here. I think I had my best support ever in a Grand Slam. Since last year, it’s just amazing to come back here and to have that much support on the court.

Q. Are you still going to Novi Sad?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, for sure. Maybe you don’t know, but Davis Cup, it’s really important for me. I’m really proud. It’s a big honor to play for my country. So for sure I’m still thinking to go there. I don’t know how I’m going to get there exactly, if I’m still going to be alive after tonight, but I’m going to go there (smiling).

Q. How do you plan to celebrate tonight?
STANISLAS WAWRINKA: I don’t know. With my team, with my family. Depends what time we finish here, if we don’t take too much time of me. For sure I’m going to enjoy well. I don’t know where. Maybe just at the hotel.

There’s a big chance I get drunk tonight, but we’ll see.


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43 Comments for Stanislas Wawrinka: “There’s A Big Chance I Get Drunk Tonight!”

Polo Says:

I didn’t even know Magnus Norman coached Soderling when he beat Nadal at the French Open. He really made a huge difference for Stan. I liked him as a player but unfortunately his career was cut short by injuries. I think he even had a cardiac procedure while he was at his peak. I am glad he can parlay his talent to another player.


Josh Says:

Huge congratulations to Stan Wawrinka! What a phenomenal achievement – to beat Djokovic in 5 sets in the Quarters, then back it up by beating Berdych and Nadal and actually winning the title!
Number 3 in the world now – I think he’ll be a contender at all the slams(probs just needs to work on his grass court game for Wimbledon).


Alexandra Says:

Tough day for Rafa. Congrats to Stan. He took his once in a lifetime opportunity.


skeezer Says:

Amazing Stan! Partay hard dude, you deserved it.
The one handed back hand lives ! Stan has a shots in his BH bag that Fed needs to study.
Too bad Rafa made a bad spectacle out of it with the antics. The crowd didn’t like it either.
Vamos Stan! Get your drunk on!


Tennis Fan Says:

Congrats to Stan!

…and this is no once in a lifetime opportunity … This is an every time I meet Nafal opportunity … soldering demonstrated how to beat Nadal at the French Open many years ago … Stan just has the tools to replicate that strategy, Stan is potential No 1 .. He just had to work on his “between the ears” part of his game.


Eric W. Says:

The new big 4 is Nadal, Nole, Murray and Stan. Nadal’s “injury” aside, Stan has now officially certified his mental game bona fides. Bouncing back from the break in 4th set was huge, and he’ll leverage that confidence boost to position himself as a co-favourite at the remaining HC tournaments this year. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy, and this proves the QF win over Djoker was no fluke. Congratulations, Stan — you deserved it!


TGIT Says:

Oh, where is Humber Rafa? Wow, a couple of goats have gone astray?


Nirmal Kumar Says:

Stan is a good clay court player. Hope he keeps the momentum till the FO.


Giles Says:

Here comes skeezer. Always with the cr@p.


Leo Says:

Go STANIMAL!

It’s a shame that the injury featured so much in the post match speeches – but you can only play the opponent before you.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

Best. Tattoo. Ever!


Giles Says:

This is the last time Wawa beats Rafa!
Remember these words!!
Vamos Rafa!


Giles Says:

Should have said first and last!!


Mr Larvey Says:

I’m so glad for Stan. He really deserved this win. And the first game of the second set was something that you don’t see too often. Perfect tennis. Overall, great stuff from the Man and very refreshing to have a new GS champion! Congrats Stan!


Tennis Fan Says:

Big chance is coming in the top ATP men’s rankings in the next 2 years. Nadal turns 28 this year and his style of play probably gives him one more year for a chance at some slams. Stan will probably be in the mix for more Slams for one year (he’s 28). Djokovic and Murray turn 27 … So they probably have another one or two years of potential top form tennis left. But after that it will be a new world … That I will will become dominated by … Dimitrov, Raonic, Nishikori, Janowicz, Pospisil, and maybe Delpo if his wrists hold up.


pigoonse Says:

At least in regard to ATP, this AO was a complete dud or a farce – have yet to decide which.

Nothing against WOWrinka, he finally came up with the money to afford the “training” program the others have been fortunate to have since Nadal arrived all buffed up on the scene.


tennisfansince 76 Says:

@Giles from now on Stan is going to own Rafa like a dominatrix owns a submissive!


Gordo Says:

Giles – show some class.

At least Nadal did. He has NO control over the questions asked of him and he handled himself very well.

And back to Giles – Nadal couldn’t beat Stan. Stan showed up ready to play and for whatever reason Rafa couldn’t. End of story. Live with it.


Peter Says:

Good job, Stan. It’s always not a nice thing to see a player injured (especially one with as much heart as Rafa), but it was a pity for another reason tonight: we will now never know how Stan would have matched up against a Rafa who was healthy in this final. Stan was playing great first set. It might have been a final for the ages.

It will be interesting to see how Stan plays from here. Since he’s peaking late, the next one-two years might be really interesting from him.


madmax Says:

Stan’s speech – that lovely french lilt

Magnus Norman – will be hailed as the new coach of the century! All these past greats, including, Lendl, Becker and Edberg, and now, Norman, whose career was no where near as successful as the previous three.

Stan so deserves this moment. Always had the talent. Remember the 5 setter against Murray? at wimbledon? Just couldn’t quite do it. And now. He can. I wonder how this changes all the players mindsets, including Novak, Murray, Nadal, Federer and even Del Potro. When Stan walks onto the next court, he will be a man to be feared.

Earnt the right. Refreshing to see a new champion at the grand old age of 28. Just goes to show, anything can happen in sport.


Bolm Kelvin Says:

Nadal got the knees injury, hand blisters, abdominal muscles tear in US open 2009 against Del potro, hamstring problem against Ferrer. Always full of excuses in every major loss. What else ? May be head injury next time after losing again to Djokovic who is going to take over in the head to head match up in the future. One amazing thing is he never ever had injury against Federer because he is always winning. Ha ha. So lousy player.


Bella Says:

I seem to recall that Rafa lost 7 finals against Novak in 2011 and did not make a single excuse – he lost 2x against him at the end of 2013 and no excuses. He lost to one of the Meyers back in 2011 and no excuse …. The fact is that Rafa has had bad luck with injuries at the AO and that is something he obviously regrets. A lot of spiteful comments from people who have no understanding of tennis or sport.


Bolm Kelvin Says:

@ Bella, He couldn’t find 7 different excuses during his 7 consecutive losses to Djokovic. Everybody knows he was totally outplayed by Nole. Furthermore, he was no match for Nole last 2 matches especially indoor. He rather not give any excuses against Nole as it is so obvious. I am sure this year in clay season, Nole will beat him again on his favorite surface.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa needs to give Stan some advice on how to drink responsiblely. Tee hee!! Where is everyone that bad mouthed Rafa about his Drink Responsible campaign? One poster thinks it’s fine for Stan to get drunk and party down……but not Rafa, he gets trashed for everything he does.


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^ Also how Rafa is setting a bad example for kids……..Won’t Stan be doing the same with his announcement??? Just be fair!!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal such is the double standards that go on around here :))..


Mr Larvey Says:

I have hard time understanding people that get upset about everything. It’s not enough that someone gets upset that Stan is going to get drunk after his maiden GS title. Someone even gets upset that someone else was upset about Rafa’s drink responsibly campaign but the same person isn’t upset about Stan’s comment. Relly?

Somehow I had an impression and this kind of “I get upset about everything” spirit was typical only for us Finns but apparently it’s a global issue.

My suggestion: Get real and stop trash talking. Davis cup weekend is almost here!


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Glad to see you respond. I could name names you made a big over Rafa’s campaign, but I won’t. I started to put double standard in my post, but took it out. Here we ho again, you said it for me…….strange, huh??

Well, the match really was sad. Now, not to take anything away from Stan, he started out playing amazing. Question, could Rafa have come back if not for the back?? We’ll never know, but I say a resounding YES!! He has before. I have never seen him look so s ad and downtrodden. He was definitely upset because he knew he was not able to perform in the way that would guarantee a good exciting match. He was clearly disappointed. He still could have lost, but it would have been after the battle. The worst part of this is everyone lambasting him about playing the injury card again. He can’t win. But we are used to this, no?? Well, it wasn’t in the stars for Rafa, but as he said “It was Stan’ s day”. I’ll end with that.

VAMOS RAFA……prepare for better days ahead!


Giles Says:

“Refreshing to see a champion at the grand old age of 28″.
I had to laugh at that one!! If 28 is old age how is 32 defined?


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^should have said…..I could name names WHO MADE A BIG DEAL…..

@Mr. Harvey

Where you directing your post to me? Just curious. If so, I was just driving a point home because of hateful things said about fav, Rafa’s drink responsible campaign. I don’t know if it was directed to me or the poster I was referring to. I really don’t care if Stan gets drunk or not, clearly his choice, as Rafa’s campaign is his. It is the fact that what ever Raga does is scrutinized to the nth degree. I just get tired of it. I’ll leave it at that. I take it you are from Finland. I am from Oklahoma. Nice to converse with you, if the post was directed to me, I suppose!!


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^^^Should read……Mr. Larvey….sorry Mr. Larvey and also the Davis cup doesn’t interest me much. After reading your post again was clearly intended for me…..the global issue mention and all. That’s ok by me. This forum enables us to voice our opinions and that’s what you are doing. Have a great day, Mr. Harvey!! Thanks for your response.

Okiegal


Mr Larvey Says:

@Okiegal,

Yes, my message was basically for you. However, the message was intended to be more general. I generally hate this trash talk between Nadal and Fed fans. It’s not interesting and it does not lead to anything good. I would appriciate more discussion about tennis and less trash talk.

I’m also slightly upset myself that people are not talking about how well Stan played. They are just talking about how Rafa got injured. And yes, I’m from Finland. Getting upset is our “thing” ;)


skeezer Says:

“Drink Responsible campaign?” Who said what about that?
Rafa is or was sponsored by Barcadi. So Stan goes out an celebrates like a lot of adults do. Does Stan have a Alcohol sponsor? Was does that say if he did?
Couples celebrate there marriage vows with Champagne. So enjoying an adult beverage or 2 for a once in a lifetime achievement is admired by some, not admonished. It’s an accomplishment that is enjoyed by a responsible adult.
The whiners keep whining…geez!

Hope Stan enjoyed celebrating!


Hippy Chic Says:

Bolm Kelvin 4.45pm January 26th,Rafa just made the final of the AO which is not considered to be his best surface anyway,and Novak failed to even make the final in what is considered his best surface,so i think i know whos shoes i would rather be in,Rafa lost many times to Novak in 2011 which was 3 years ago ,but tennis is about the here and the now,not whats been and gone,and Rafas more than made up for that , and beaten Novak a number of times since then,he won the USO beating Novak,yeah he lost indoors but its the GS that count the most anyway.


Okiegal Says:

@Skeezer

There were so many posters on TX that put Rafa down about his Bacardi campaign and how it wasn’t a good example for kids. I was surprised that these same posters would not have the same feeling for any player regarding drinking, that’s all. Heck, I know people celebrate by getting drunk, I don’t really care unless they are getting behind the wheel of a car……just the whole double standard thing, again
Skeez, it takes a whiner to know a whiner!! LOL


Okiegal Says:

@Mr. Larvey

Thanks for responding and telling me it was to me. Like I said after reading it again I was pretty sure it was. Hey, well and good. Guess I should keep my big fat fingers shut!!! LOL

Mr. Larvey

, I do think Stan played amazing tennis for two solid weeks. I have stated this on numerous posts. I am sorry for Stan it wasn’t a full blown nail biting 5 setter. I think those type of wins are the ones the players appreciate most. I hate that an injury came into play, but that’s the way it goes down sometime. All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 Australian Open Champion, truly deserving of the title!!

Have a good day, Mr. Larvey, enjoyed our civil chat!


Lulu Says:

I have never heard Stan’s interviews before. What a nice guy! Yes, I was depressed about Rafa losing, but it’s great that Stan could be the one to win it all. What an amazing feat to beat Nole and Rafa for his first slam!

As for Rafa, he gained a ton of ranking points and I expect him to dominate the clay season and win FO, as usual. I could always be wrong, but that is the most likely scenario. I would love to see him finally win Miami, as he has been so close before but never pulled it off and to make a respectable showing at Wimbledon this year after the last two disastrous years!


Hippy Chic Says:

Lulu you sound like another Lulu as in Iberica,a passionate Rafa fan but not a biased Rafa fan,i am guessing that you are the same poster right?as for your post and about Rafa i agree with everything your saying Paris,Shanghai,Miami and a WTF are the only things hes left now on his resume,but lets start with Miami 1st,one hurdle at a time,nice to see you posting again too,and hope the little one is doing well too?:))..


Mr Larvey Says:

@Okiegal,

Thanks for the appropriate answer. I don’t mean that people have to agree, but trash talking is just vain. Hardcore Rafa/Fed fans won’t change their opinnions even if you would have a good case. You just cannot argue with reason, if there is too much motions in the play.

It’s a shame that Rafa got injured. The level of play was very high for 1 set and three games. After Nadal got injured it was totally different game. But Stan did good. Winning Djoker and Rafa in the same tournament is not easy, and Birdy was also in decent form.


skeezer Says:

^the reply to it was better ;)


Okiegal Says:

@Mr Larvey

I love to see fair minded comments on this forum. I agree with you 100%. We all have our favs and sometime I feel the need to take a stand for my guy, especially when he is ragged on about injuries. Stan the Man pulled it off, played amazing for two weeks. If Rafa couldn’t win, glad for Stan!!

I would love to go to Finland…….but dont fly!!

Mr. Larvey, have a good day and I thank you for your response, because I don’t get too many! Lol


Lulu Says:

Hippy Chick, yes, it’s me! I just dropped the last part of my name and I’ve been following the blog a bit, just not commenting. To be honest I have no business being on here as the little one sleeps like crap and I should be trying to get some shut eye myself! I see not much has changed around here – the same old drama continues!


Hippy Chic Says:

Lulu indeed nothing much changes around here your right about that,unfortunatly some of the old faces have left Jan,Wogboy which is a shame,but many of the old ones as well as new ones are still here,i changed my monikor from plain old boring Alison,i hope you stick around as i enjoy reading your posts,as the little one gets a bit older i think you will start to get more sleep,but i expect its well worth it all anyway :))..

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