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Stanislas Wawrinka: The Biofile

Wawrinka© Getty ImagesStanislas Wawrinka reveals his tennis inspiration was Pete Sampras.

Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka reveals his favourite players to watch, why he loves playing tennis, his greatest sporting moment and more for this Biofile with Scoop Malinowski...

Tennis Inspiration: I like to see [Pete] Sampras play.

Last Book Read: I don't really like to read books. Mostly I read magazines.

First Tennis Memory: Of course I think my first good memory was the 2003 Roland Garros juniors (d. Brian Baker).

Favourite Sport(s) Outside Tennis: I like to watch soccer and also ice hockey because in Switzerland it's very good.

First Car: A blue Kia (blue).

Current Car: Audi.

Favourite Meal: Depends. I eat sushi a lot; it's easy.

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour: Vanilla.

Pre-Match Feeling: Just before coming on the court [I get] a little bit nervous, of course. But I enjoy this moment.

Greatest Sports Moment: The Beijing Olympic Games, for sure (winning the doubles gold medal with Roger Federer in 2008).

Most Painful Moment: That was when we lost in the 2012 Davis Cup first round to the USA, 5-0.

Favourite Tournament: Roland Garros

Funniest Players Encountered: I think, because he's a good friend, Benoit Paire is quite funny, quite strange on the court. And quite a good person off the court.

Toughest Competitor Encountered: Rafael Nadal.

Why Do You Love Playing Tennis: It's special. It's a game. You play a game, you play with a ball, you play against someone. You're alone on the court. You need to find solutions every day, every match because every match is different."
 
Favourite Players To Watch: David Nalbandian. Because he's playing so easy. You think he's playing not full and he's just playing with his touch and with his talent. I like to watch him. Andy Murray. Roger Federer, of course.

One Of Your Best Matches:  Against Nalbandian in Barcelona in 2008. I won 6-3 6-1 but I was playing unbelievable.
 
Strangest Match: I haven’t had any crazy matches...I remember one match for sure, against Novak Djokovic this year at the Australian Open. Amazing match, playing five hours.

People Qualities Most Admired: Loyalty. You stay with a person and you never go off.

Courtesy of Scoop Malinowski, tennis-prose.com

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