Stanislas Wawrinka is currently enjoying his career-best season on the tour.
The World no. 8 has reached the semi-finals of the World Tour Finals in his first appearance at the event. Apart from that, he reached his first ever Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open, where he lost a thrilling five-set match to Novak Djokovic. The Swiss player admits that his 2013 season has been a “dream.”
“It’s certainly a dream season,” the seventh-seeded Wawrinka said after rallying to beat David Ferrer 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 in his final round-robin match. “I started as the world No. 17, I then reached my first quarters at the French Open, I made it to U.S. Open semis and I’m now doing well at the Finals. It’s magic.”
Wawrinka took a significant step this season when he hired Magnus Norman as his coach in April, as an attempt to improve his self-confidence and mental fortitude. He immediatley impacted Stanislas, as the naturally talented player quickly showed that he was capable of toppling top 10 competition on the tour, which added to his growing confidence in himself.
“It’s a lot of small things that make huge difference,” Wawrinka said about his coach’s’ help. “But for sure I think this year the most important was my self-confidence on the court. Now, when I come on the court, even against (Tomas) Berdych, against Rafa (Nadal), against Ferrer, I know that I can beat them. That’s already a big step ahead.”
Wawrinka eventually lost in yesterday’s semi-final to a superb Novak Djokovic here in London, but the two took part in a pair of extraordinary matches in the Australian Open and the US Open. But as Stan said in a previous interview:
“It’s an amazing week for me. I had to win against Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, I lost a tough one against Nadal. At the ATP World Tour Finals, it was quite a good level for me. That’s the most important.”