World No. 17 Stan Wawrinka has witnessed many ups and downs in his career so far. The 35-year old Swiss has seen himself reach the top three ATP rankings in 2014 and also found himself drop to as low as number 263 in 2017. He has been a fit guy on the court, and he also has undergone knee surgeries that hampered his career trajectory. So, by no means can one claim that Wawrinka has had a smooth ride as far as his tennis journey is concerned.
One thing is for sure, which is that the Swiss player is one of the best players that the sport has seen this century. He has won three Grand Slam titles, along with competing in the ATP Finals four times. And his coach, Magnus Norman, believes that Wawrinka hasn’t received as much recognition as he deserves. He further claimed that his student has the potential to beat the Big Four; Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.
Norman’s interview was recently published on the official website of the ATP Tour. The 44-year old Swede said, “Stan is one of the best players to ever play the game, if you look at his record if you look at winning three Grand Slams, winning three different Grand Slams in the era where he had the Big Four playing. He’s a little bit underestimated for sure, and he’s been in numerous semi-finals as well, another Grand Slam final. He’s had an unbelievable career.”
Norman continued, “It’s been a little bit up and down. He doesn’t have the same stability as Andy Murray or Novak or Roger or Rafa, but in his best moments, I think he can beat all of those names on a very good day. That’s what makes him a little bit special, also. You don’t really know which Stan to expect on the day or on that occasion, and that’s why I think a lot of people really like him.”
Magnus also pointed out the uniqueness of Wawrinka’s gambling personality, which he believes is tough to change.
“Stan is a gambler. He plays with small margins. He’s the kind of guy that will put everything in red, do or die. This is his personality a little bit, so I think it’s very tough to change his personality. But I also think that’s the reason why he won three Grand Slams. He can rise to the occasion. He can go for shots that normally someone else will play a little bit safe. That makes him that dangerous, I think.”
Magnus Norman and Stan Wawrinka started working together in 2013. Interestingly, after that, the Swiss experienced noticeable success on the court. Speaking of his contribution toward his student’s success, the Swede coach doesn’t like to boast. Instead, he prefers Wawrinka to tell if there has been any positive transformation. One thing is certain, though, and that is the chemistry between these two individuals that helped them taste success at the highest level.