Thursday, April 16, 2009

Keeping His Heart Out Of His Mouth

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 16:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in action during his third round straight sets victory against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day four of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco.
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."Wawrinka played the point beautifully and then suddenly, his heart was in his mouth."

That's what commentator Jason Goodall said halfway through the second set of Stanislas Wawrinka's 6-4, 7-5 victory over compatriot and defending finalist Roger Federer in the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters today.

His heart was in his mouth. That described the entire match, really. Just about every time Stan would get a break point on Raja's serve, he'd hit a ball out. His conversion rate was 3 of 14.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 16:  Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on during his third round straight sets defeat against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during day four of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco.
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The only thing Raja did well all day was hit passing shots. His forehand was a wasteland, his first serve AWOL, his attitude abysmal.

It almost looked like he didn't even care.

He might not have.

Mirka, hiding behind dark glasses beneath dark and ominous clouds, didn't look all that concerned.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 16:  Stanislas Wawrinka (r) of Switzerland looks towards Roger Federer (l) after winning the first set in the third round match during day four of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco.
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Still, I didn't think Stan would be able to close him out. It would be the first time, after all. Serving for the match, the Swiss No. 2 seized up again. After saving a few break points, he opened his shoulders, played two aggressive points, and ended the match with his trademark backhand down the line.

MONTE CARLO, MONACO - APRIL 16:  Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in action during his third round straight sets victory against Roger Federer of Switzerland during day four of the ATP Masters Series at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2009 in Monte Carlo,Monaco.
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He found a way to keep his heart out of his mouth.

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland reacts after he defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland in their third round match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Thursday, April 16 , 2009.
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Stanislas Wawrinka (L) of Switzerland shakes hand with his compatriot Roger Federer during the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco April 16, 2009.
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Stanislas Wawrinka (L) of Switzerland hugs his compatriot Roger Federer after defeating him during the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco April 16, 2009.
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26 comments:

rabbit said...

"I thought I had decent timing on my backhand,” explained Federer. “I was playing it okay, trying to mix it up as well. But my forehand was hurting me in the beginning. I was making a few too many errors. That kind of gave him the advantage. I thought Stan played well.

“I'm happy for him that he's progressed so much over the last couple years. He's finally making a push, getting close to top players and beating top players like myself. I think it's great for him. The beginning of the clay court season, he's already playing really well. That's stuff he couldn't really do three seasons going because he got injured or he had tough draws or he played one horrible match which took away this is confidence.

“And this year and last year I think it's all sort of coming together for him. I'm happy for him.”

Graf_sampras said...

the real reason this happened is:


STANLEY was of TWO hearts and Minds:

"i adore him..."

but

"he broke my heart".....


the Broken Heart Won.

Roger never read Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew".......

"HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED"......


updated to 21st century..
especially a Bitch-Swiss MAN.

Graf_sampras said...

Rabbit -- that's a very gracious statement from Roger.


don't worry -- he's NOT done yet, by far.

he just needs to wrap his mind around all these past year's and months' "new realities".

ONCE he gets out of that mind-set -- and deals with it well -- you'll see -- he'll win many more titles.

take it from a sampras fan. because I KNOW that pete had to contend with his gradual decline since late 1998 really.

it is part swallowing pride in order to get to the business of working in the trenches if need be...and if necessary be SEEN as "less than he used to be"...because of that........


but as a result - he can find an inner will and resource and strength to prove many wrong.

I can sympathize with roger's fans on this. but let us hope that out of this also -- roger will GAIN a better perspective of his privilege of having reached such a high status in the history of tennis.

Karen said...

Another MS, another loss. Oh well. As Jay-Z said: "I got the hottest chick in the business on my hand - I aint gonna worry about a thing". I had a telephone conversation with someone who posts on message boards like this and in that discussion we were of the view that contrary to popular belief, we do not think that Fed is as hurt by these losses as some people may think. He has a baby on the way, he just got married and he really does seem very happy in his life. Perhaps he took my suggestions to him that he should have a talk with Venus/Serena. Do not become too concerned with the ranking, go out there and live a little. Enjoy life. I was distraught when he lost in IW, shaken when he lost in Miami, but now, it is like if I get to see him play 2 or 3 matches per tournament, where I can see beautiful exquisite tennis, then this fan is quite OK. Will he make it No. 14, I have no idea. Does it even matter to me? Not really. Am I still a fan of his? You betcha.

Helen W said...

Karen good on ya for being a loyal fan, regardless of results. I've been a fan of Baghdatis and James Blake since forever. I just like them both so much in different ways. But obviously it has not a lot to do with results :)

Karen said...

@HelenW - I hear you loud and clear sweetie. I recall years ago when Venus could not win a tournament to save her life. I used to break down in tears and get emotionally distraught (especially when Serena was kicking her butt) and I used to cringe everytime she went up to serve, because I could expect loads of double faults. Now, if she wins, she wins, if she loses (like today) I am like oh well. I think I have reached the same point with Roger. No more angst. I am just hoping that I get to see him play later this year in Canada.

Pamela said...

This is what Stan had to say:

"Maybe not the most spectacular tennis, but it's my most beautiful victory," Wawrinka said.

"I am a bit embarrassed to celebrate it," Wawrinka said. "I believe [Federer] hadn't found his rhythm on clay and he made many errors."


The reverence ... amazing that he could find it within himself to win.

Graf_sampras said...

Karen...


in time -- whether or no Roger gets 14 or past - and it IS the big story of roger's career to surpass sampras -

he will be known in many circles, perhaps by most, as the greatest ever to play the game or at least the most "successful".

to SOME -- that will STILL not be sufficient .

BUT that is - as in many things - also a personal matter of looking at things and is inherently part of the discussion of things in this world...especially in things like this and is also an essential part of discussions: we look at things in our own perspectives.


nonetheless -- remember that when rod laver was once considered the 'greatest of all' because of his two majors -- there were STILL many that were not that convinced -- ( I am personally one of those , among many of Rod Laver's OWN contemporaries who knew the real score when they were all playing due to a man named "pancho gonzales")

YET laver - went on and enjoyed the honors he also earned.

when sampras is being discussed - to his surprise, he admits - that his record in majors will be surpassed or challenged "so soon" - he came to terms with it --as how could he NOT otherwise? that's reality.

if Roger does NOT surpass sampras or merely "ties" him - but leaves , for example the six consecutive years as premiere player on the planet untouched that sampras owned - second only to Pancho Gonzales' TEN consecutive years as undisputed world's premiere player (few people know THIS extremely , most rare and great accomplishment by Pancho) -

or even if roger's record SURPASSING sampras is still questioned by circles (such as where i belong, for example) --

does it REALLY matter in the end?

pancho is forgotten as the unanimously -- i repeat -- UNANIMOUS choice of ALL his contemporaries - from hoad and rosewall t0 laver and even Connors late in pancho's career

as "THE Greatest of us ALL, the absolute ruler of us ALL".....

and yet TODAY -- with our knee-jerk reaction to

"GRAND SLAM"

because in the open era sampras reached 14 that we either wish or think roger or "someone" will surpass -- as if that is so easy to do what sampras did in his time -

when people like McEnroe STILL pine for the "grand slam of laver" -- they also of course forget that it was much thinner competition in at least half of his majors , nor was he even as dominant for a prolonged period as , for example, "the absolute ruler of us all" -- Gonzales.

but those that at least have a modicum of interest in history KNOW in their minds and hearts that EVEN IF from the former eras -- "ROD LAVER" is touted TODAY - by FASHION - as the "greatest"

the knowledge that there was indeed someone GREATER and far more dominant that existed and played is ENOUGH.


because at least to their views (like in my view) -- THAT was TRUTH beyond the impressive claims otherwise for laver or others.


this will be the same with federer IF he surpasses sampras -- from MY point of view. because it is quite clear that roger will NOT be able to add more than a couple or at best, 3 majors - IF at that, unless he HURRIES UP THIS VERY YEAR or very early next year....(at least that is what I am seeing now from the indications) .

BUT -- to federer fans -- it SHOULD NOT MATTER.

if you think that , in your eyes, Roger is ALREADY or WILL be the best ever that you think - that is what matters in the end.

that is your "truth".

but roger HAS MADE a case FOR IT....

as easily as sampras, or laver or gonzales in their times have.


CHEER UP Rabbit and Karen.

:-)

Graf_sampras said...

Pamela said...

This is what Stan had to say:

"Maybe not the most spectacular tennis, but it's my most beautiful victory," Wawrinka said.

"I am a bit embarrassed to celebrate it," Wawrinka said. "I believe [Federer] hadn't found his rhythm on clay and he made many errors."


The reverence ... amazing that he could find it within himself to win.

Thu Apr 16, 03:33:00 PM

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well -- it just goes to show -- that THIS proves or confirms what wawrinka and perhaps several other players that had played what were really CRITICAL tests for roger in majors especially that MIGHT have resulted differently : the wins going to THEM (davydenko - 2 uso's worth which he had the match ENTIRELy on his hands, blake, roddick, ljubicic, berdych, baghdatis, etc.)


this really confirms that MINDSET some of us had been pointing out about roger's competition...:

that they DID possess a self-defeating attitude of such breadth and "complicity" almost -- that they were practically willing to have the honor of merely being Roger's FOILS.

as if it was honorable ENOUGH to just take a few games or "push roger" but be able to say AFTERWARDS:

:"he is just too good"....

but what it really showed is:

THEY were NOT good enough as competition - not in RELATION TO or comparison with roger -- but


SIMPLY , PLAINLY , AS COMPETITIVE players and tennis players on their own merit.

as COMPETITION


they only proved -- as wawrinka does with that statement -- no MATTER how "improved" he is (which has taken too long for someone supposedly among the cream of the crop today) --

that the "players that came with roger are so respectful to the point of being deferential" (AUSSIE newspaper -- 2008 january).


and it BEGS the question --

IF they were NOT deferential to begin with --

\
as tennis players -- just how GOOD WERE THEY ?

MY opinion always HAS been -- since seeing their potentials SINCE 2000 -- ws


IN GENERAL -- they are INFERIOR competition compared to those in the 1990's.


everyone can splice or dice it all they want.

THIS is what that competition that has been passing trhough since 2002 at least -

to be.

INFERIOR.

the mental complex of inferiority - shown by Wawrinka --

is only a REPRESENTATION of the TRUE NATURE of their TENNIS.........

and it is INFERIOR.

sorry to say.

THIS is the reason why MURRAY is making a KILLING right now!


just as Federer DID between 2004-2007


and the reason why ONLY NADAL turned out as the TRUE TENNIS PLAYING CHALLENGER worthy of being called


"GREAT competition".

Graf_sampras said...

He not only managed to keep his Heart out of HIS mouth..stan managed to Keep Roger's "charm" out of his eyes....


it used to be that wawrinka would say:

:"Roger -- i just can't QUIT you"........


for the moment -- he has...this is their

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN moment of "parting".....

http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/custom/65/10003965.jpg

Graf_sampras said...

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/02kV0FugQf1lF/610x.jpg

http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/custom/65/10003965.jpg


STAN and ROGER in THE BROKEBACK SWISS ALPS

Graf_sampras said...

Roger goes home to his Wife.........

and Stan goes home to his Lonely Self.....

b'ut with a MATCH on hand.

he is heartbroken with his LOSS and WIN at the same time.

Beth said...

Roger's comments were incredibly gracious and gentlemanly. I didn't see the match but too bad he didn't make it further in this tournament.

Savannah said...

G_S you are so bad! Why just today I read a post somewhere about Stan's long time girlfriend including a name. Be damned if I can find it now.

Graf_sampras said...

crying roger....adoring stan...loving, protective JEALOUS Mirka...furtive looks behind long lashes (male ones)...public displays of MALE BONDING between TENNIS PLAYERS of the ATP...but hands LOWER at the back, closer DOWN where it feels better, as "between friends" and "practice partners" of the same "nationality" for the "glory of country"....

as between MEN.....


what's there to NOT remind of HOT ROMANCE - for a trio of CARING and LOVING folks?



lol.

why should romance only be between ATP and "former WTA" players?


even Karen and Rabbit wont' DENY me that question.....lol.....

Graf_sampras said...

ROGER may be the PUBLIC CRYING one....

but STAN is the "secret private" CRYING one....

MIRKA is the STRONG one...between the three....she holds the "family" together......

Graf_sampras said...

maybe the real reason Roger changed his mind to enter MONTE CARLO as a "wild"card...

is he missed training with wawrinka...and needed some WILD times.......

Graf_sampras said...

that's why he took a Wild Card....

but Stan was WILD with RAGE because of ...........


last week's ceremony in a church.......

roger never realized , after all these torrid years, how FATAL the ATTRACTION could be to his MATCHES....if he EVER scorned Stanley....

Graf_sampras said...

karen and Rabbit...don't worry -- many years ago -- i used to make fund of sampras - worse than that...lol.

Graf_sampras said...

so -- the LESSON of the story for MIRKA and ROGER is:

if they WANT roger to win his 14th major and more ...


they better do something to make Stan not feel heartbroken anymore....

Mirka has to be understanding....and tell their child when it can understand life...

"YES dearest...that grey haired man over there is really your 'Uncle' Stanley...that's why he LIVES with US with a bedroom right NEXT to your daddy's and mine and that's why we're one big happy family and your daddy has 20 majors now...this is a lesson for you:


WHERE there is LOVE -- it takes great sacrifice from ALL of us"......

Graf_sampras said...

Savannah said...

G_S you are so bad! Why just today I read a post somewhere about Stan's long time girlfriend including a name. Be damned if I can find it now.

Thu Apr 16, 07:40:00 PM

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Savannah...

that's just rumor leaked out by stan...to get back at someone...and make him think twice before cutting off "ties that bonded".....

Graf_sampras said...

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0dOG5XH4zh73Z/610x.jpg

in THIS picture above...

Stan is really saying with his eyes and face:

"roger - i know you have to marry ...but does it REALLY have to like this? ONE WEEK away without even a word of ........assurance? "...

Craig Hickman said...

Stan's woman friend is a TV personality/model who is 10 years older than he. Her name is Ilham Vuilloud, they've been together four years. Here is her picture.

Kia said...

Thank you Craig for saving me an internet search of Stan's girlfriend. I remember reading an article a while back that his association with her was making him a more popular/accessible personality in Switzerland.

Graf_sampras said...

being such a modern European woman -- for sure she is a very understanding MATURE woman -- she understands Wawrinka's generous HEART that can sometimes be broken because of little quarrels with his training partner....who got married

Graf_sampras said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab4-2cC3xZU&feature=related


YOUTUBE FAN TRIBUTE to FEDRINKA...