Magnus Norman isn’t just a former World No. 2, however one probably the most distinguished coaches of this era. The Swede helped information Stan Wawrinka to 3 Grand Slam titles and No. 3 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
After time aside, Norman reunited with Wawrinka final 12 months. ATPTour.com spoke with the Swede forward of the Australian Open about Wawrinka’s epic sequence of matches towards Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park, serving to the Swiss discover his finest type and extra.
It’s been 10 years since Stan and Novak began a sequence of Australian Open matches. How briskly has time flown since then?
It’s wonderful, it appears like a pair years in the past. You look again and also you see that he turned professional in 2002, 20 years in the past, time flies. It’s a must to make one of the best of it day by day, that’s what I inform the younger gamers who’re arising and what Stan is telling the youthful era of Swiss gamers as effectively. You’re 16 or 17 then unexpectedly you’re 24 or 25. It is advisable make day by day depend.
Does Stan nonetheless play as a result of he enjoys the sport and needs to make the most of these moments?
I positively suppose so. He loves the coaching, the life, the getting ready. He likes to play tennis and compete. He put a lot effort in to attempt to come again after a tricky couple years with accidents. It’s not simple to come back again, you see numerous guys struggling to seek out the extent once more. However Stan, inside the final couple months has actually been selecting up and he’s on the degree now the place I see him [hit] the ball so effectively and he’s match. That was the purpose for the final couple years he has left, to attempt to compete and play at his finest degree.
When coming again to that degree, is it extra bodily or psychological?
In his case, I believe each. First, bodily having the foot harm, it took numerous time. Then whenever you begin enjoying tennis once more, you’re joyful you’re on the courtroom however then it’s important to carry out once more. That’s when the psychological half is available in. I like his working behavior day by day, the work he places in after so a few years.
Is it virtually extra enjoyable now to see him nonetheless working onerous regardless of how a lot he’s already achieved?
In a method, sure. It should by no means be the identical because it was 10 years in the past. Our personalities have modified. However in a approach, sure it’s extra pleasant. He gained three Grand Slams, Olympic gold, Davis Cup, wonderful profession. He mainly gained the whole lot. From my perspective as a coach, I inform Stan he ought to play tennis when he desires to, when he feels good. Attempt to get pleasure from it as a lot as doable the final couple years, that’s my enter to him.
What’s the subsequent step for Stan to not simply play effectively, but additionally compete on the greatest tournaments?
I believe he has the tennis, health, and mentality in place. I’m proud of the place he’s at now. He beat [Casper] Ruud in Basel final 12 months, had match factors towards [Holger] Rune in Paris. These guys are prime gamers, so I believe he has the whole lot to beat the highest guys. From the bodily facet, as you become old the restoration takes a bit longer so it’s important to maintain that in thoughts, play and follow a bit of smarter.
What’s the most important distinction from whenever you first began with him?
He’s the identical man. He developed his recreation lots, he can go to the web extra, his returns are enhancing each month now. We stated that at follow the opposite day, that he feels extra comfy hitting the returns as a substitute of blocking it. He has extra selection in his recreation. He’s been shifting so effectively the previous couple years.
What do you bear in mind from that match towards Novak in 2013?
Stan’s shot-making talents. He may play winners from mainly wherever within the courtroom, from each forehand and backhand, whether or not he was far again or contained in the courtroom. That he may go head-to-head with the highest gamers, like Novak, from the again of the courtroom. That’s what I bear in mind from that match. After we began working collectively, he was participant and so we spoke about tips on how to not solely play good and to compete towards these guys, however to win towards these guys.
What was the important thing?
Attempt to use his bodily talents a bit of bit extra. Even when he was going to be a shotmaker, attempt to play the larger factors with extra margins. Belief his health to play longer rallies. Small issues like that made an enormous distinction in the long run.
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How a lot has his health performed a task in why he’s nonetheless discovering success?
It’s an enormous cause for positive. He labored with Pierre Paganini for thus a few years and it’s paid off. A few good coaching blocks a 12 months, he doesn’t overtrain.
Are you continue to impressed with the shotmaking expertise he has?
For positive. It’s going to be robust to educate anyone after him. The best way he performs and practices, he would by no means say no to practising. If I say ten extra forehands, he says okay let’s do it.
What’s the craziest Stan work ethic story?
I bear in mind the primary couple years after we had some coaching blocks collectively. More often than not we’d begin with health after which health and tennis collectively. In the direction of the top of the block, we’d focus extra on simply tennis. I’ll at all times bear in mind these key periods with Stan and Pierre the place we did a pair hours of health after which straight to tennis.
What’s successful to you at this level?
To start with, he nonetheless enjoys practising and competing. Additionally that’s he injury-free. Him being joyful and he likes to play tournaments.
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