Stan Wawrinka went from being a good player to an excellent one around three-and-a-half years ago, when in March 2013 he started working with his current coach Magnus Norman. The basic aim to do something big was there before their partnership began, Norman said to Nzz.ch.
'He was already in top-10, had played important matches like the one against Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Unlike in the past now he wins also against the best players, when it matters the most he wins. However we have to work on some areas of his game.' For Wawrinka, one problematic area has been continuity, which was missing this year too. 'As a coach sometimes it's frustrating.
It's risky to play well only in the Grand Slam events, because you can easily be left-empty handed. Why does it happen? There are things that remain among us and that other people don't have to know. Sometimes it's difficult to avoid strong discussions, he asked me since the first week of relationship that I needed to be honest.
We don't have to hide anything.' Stan won three Grand Slam titles in the last three years, what is the most satisfying achievement? 'The fourth qualification in a row at the ATP Finals. That's was possible, also thanks to Pierre Paganini who makes him work hard physically.' Asked if he can win Wimbledon and complete the career Slam, Norman replied, 'We haven't spoken about it yet.
Our goal to improve in the Masters 1000 events. We could add another tournament ('S-Hertogenbosch or Stuttgart) to the schedule before Wimbledon. So far he has only played one (Queen's).'
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