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Wawrinka In Driver's Seat For Men's Journal Feature

Wawrinka© Getty ImagesAustralian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is featured in the July issue of Men's Journal.

Stan Wawrinka sits in the driver's seat, literally, during an interview with Men's Journal for its July issue.

"'I love to drive,'" the article begins, as the reigning Australian Open champions "[guns] his borrowed Audi through a yellow light in downtown Miami."

Rosecrans Baldwin charts how the underdog broke through to win his first Grand Slam title and climb to No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. "After a decade in Federer's long shadow, the other Swiss powerhouse is finally climbing his way to the top," writes Men's Journal in its introduction to "Stan Wawrinka Crashes The Party".

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Here is an excerpt from the profile:

His left forearm is covered with a tattoo, a quote in script, from Samuel Beckett, the playwright who wrote so well about despair, it makes sense that he was also an avid tennis player: ever tried. ever failed. no matter. try again. fail again. fail better.

He got the tattoo shortly after that loss to Djokovic, but it was already in the works: "I love tattoos. I don't know if I'm going to get more, but I love them." He showed me another, on his right torso, a drawing of his daughter's hands. So I asked: Surely the Beckett tattoo related to his tennis at that time? He shook his head. He paused, thinking about it. "You need to be sure before you get a tattoo. When I'd found [the quote], and I was sure, I just did it." But he agreed it pretty much summarizes the tennis player's life.

Back in the car, I asked him who his favorite player was as a kid. "Sampras," Wawrinka said. "Always Pete Sampras."

"You know the quote, right?" I asked. "Sampras said after Australia that he wished he had your backhand."

He cracked up.

"Yeah, and I want his trophies."

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