US OPEN 2013
Wawrinka Takes Positives From SF Run In New York
New York, U.S.A.
by Josh Meiseles|
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
That is the mantra Stanislas Wawrinka lives and competes by. For Wawrinka, the famous Samuel Beckett quote describes his approach to his career and the attitude he implements every week he's on the court.
After a berth in his first major final was snatched from his grasp Saturday afternoon 2-6, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, by World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the Swiss says it is a philosophy he uses to overcome all challenges.
"That's how I see my life in general and my tennis career," Wawrinka said. "After the match in the Australian Open a lot of people were thinking it's going to be tough for me to lose that kind of match, but in the end I took all the positives from the match and I'm here now playing the semi-final. Today I lost again, but I'm back in the Top 10 and I'm playing my best tennis. I need to do the same."
Wawrinka's positive attitude and outlook on his career progress is as strong as ever. "The only thing that I can see, that's everything I'm doing outside the match, on the practice courts, on my life in general, is the good things and I'm on the right way. I just need to continue to practise hard and to try to get more victories like I did these two weeks."
The No. 2 Swiss is finally living up to his potential in 2013, having won the title in Estoril and having reached the final in Buenos Aires, Madrid and 's-Hertogenbosch. On Thursday, he advanced to his first Grand Slam semi-final with a straight-sets victory over defending champion Andy Murray.
Wawrinka couldn't have been more thrilled to have reached his maiden major semi in New York. "It's the last Grand Slam of the year, so it's always a different challenge," a disappointed but elated Wawrinka said. "You always want to make a great result. It's a big city, quite an amazing city. It's an emotional time here and I think when you play well you enjoy much more because you play on a big court, a big stadium in front of a lot of people, and that's the way to enjoy the tournament."