If there’s one word that sums up Stan Wawrinka, it’s perseverance. He never makes excuses, he just keeps working, constantly striving to improve. That’s how, after a decade battling against some of the greatest players of all time, he’s now the reigning US Open champion and one of the favourites for the ATP World Tour Finals. Ahead of this week’s event, we caught up with Stan to see if he’s ready to add another trophy to his ever-growing collection.Play video
I’ve had some great experience for sure. I had the one match [against Federer in 2014] where I had four match points to make the final and I lost the match, which was a bad memory. But we’ll see. It’s a tough competition, you have only the top players in the world, so you need to be ready from the first match and who knows what can happen.
Good. Really happy to be back. It was my goal at the beginning of the year and it’s always a special event to come back to. Only the top eight players of the world, so it’s quite big for me to play here.
It’s amazing. He deserves to be the No.1. I think it’s great for him, for tennis in general. He’s been playing so well, he won the last five tournaments he played. It’s going to be interesting to see how he can play here at home.
No, not really, I’ve known him for many years and he’s been at the top for more than 10 years. He’s been No.3, No.2, now he’s the No.1. It’s going to be great for the people here because he just became No.1 and he’s playing at home in the last tournament of the year, so it’s going to be nice to see that.
They are all really good for sure. Murray is winning everything he’s playing so far. Nishikori and Cilic – you play only tough matches here. It’s about how you arrive, and whether you are ready to play your best tennis from the beginning.
It’s amazing. For me, one of the best stadiums to play tennis. Because it’s a stadium where you have a lot of concerts and shows, when you play tennis it’s something completely different to the other places we play during the year.