Stanislas Wawrinka was feeling slightly empty following his win at Roland Garros.
According to Wawrinka, so much of emotion was there on that particular day that he had almost gone into a state of depression once it all ended. A sense of loneliness had crept in.
In the words of Wawrinka, “After a big triumph, it gets slightly difficult to recharge yourself and that’s because you had gone through such a high degree of emotions. You feel mentally weary once you get back home. But, that’s the kind of challenge professional sport brings to you. You don’t have too much time to let it sink in. There is a new assignment at next step and you have to be up for it straightaway.”
“Players who get into this habit of clinching titles right from their teenage, the likes of Roger and Andy, they deal with it a little better as they have had a lot of it. But, that hasn’t been the case with me. I haven’t been a superstar. It was my 10th season on the tour when I had my first Slam title. It takes a bit of getting used to.”
“However, I would like to believe I am adapting. This time around, I have felt it more normal to be a Slam winner. The previous season, it was absolutely surreal. It just couldn’t sink in.” Read more »
Andy Murray has proved to be almost unbeatable on clay off late, but, he refuses to admit that he is all comfortable on slower surfaces now. He reckons he’s a bit of distance still to cover in that direction.
However, he agrees to the point that he is probably playing some of his best clay court tennis at the moment.
Murray is seen as one of the hot favourites in the ongoing French Open.
He has been in absolutely majestic form playing in clay tournaments off late and the kind of dominance that he showed the other day to get better of one of the most promising youngsters in the circuit, Nick Kyrgios, it’s only obvious that people would rate his chances highly for the title at Roland Garros.
Clay was actually not one of Murray’s preferred surfaces some time back. But, with immense hard work, he has now been able to convert himself into a player who likes playing on clay.
According to Murray though, in spite of his red hot form, it’s still Rafael Nadal who holds the favourites’ tag because of what he has done in the French Opens in the past. Read more »
After having a torrid time playing hard court tournaments off late, Stanislas Wawrinka hopes to get his bike back on track on clay.
Wawrinka has suffered early knocking off in BNP Paribas as well as Miami Open and that has left him completely ruffled. His confidence is shattered.
But, the good thing for him is that the action on the tour is going to shift on Clay surfaces now where he thrives.
He has been alright on hard courts too over the last few years, but, Clay remains his favourite.
The ongoing season kicked off on a good note for Wawrinka with him clinching Chennai Open and making it to the Round of 4 at Melbourne Park. He won in Rotterdam too. But, he lost the form from there on in.
When asked about his recent disappointing outings, Wawrinka said, “It’s been tough couple of tournaments for me. I never felt I was in any kind of rhythm. I was just going through the motions and it was the case not only in games, but, in training as well.” Read more »