Stan Wawrinka: Shorts that became talk of Twitter

Stan Wawrinka: Shorts that became talk of Twitter

Stan Wawrinka was dominant on Sunday, but his shorts stole the show.

Despite beating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday to lift the Coupe des Mousquetaire, the first thing Roland Garros champion Stan Wawrinka wanted to address in his post-match press conference was his shorts.

“It will be in the museum of Roland Garros,” Stan Wawrinka joked as he placed a pair on the interview room table. “You can see my shorts every day if you want.

“Everybody talks about these shorts since I put them on. I quite like (them). Apparently I’m the only one.”

Wawrinka’s unusual plaid-patterned apparel certainly had its critics, but it is hard to argue with results. The new World No. 4 when the Emirates ATP Rankings are released Monday became just the second player from Switzerland to win the Grand Slam on clay, joining good friend Roger Federer.

Of course, it was the 30-year-old’s shotmaking and tenacity which allowed him to deny top seed Djokovic a Career Grand Slam, beating the Serb 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. The Lausanne native could not have done it without the help of coach Magnus Norman and physical trainer Pierre Paganini.

“I had a good talk with Magnus before the final. I was feeling really relaxed until maybe 15 minutes before to go on the court. Then I started to be really nervous,” said Wawrinka. “I’m still surprised the way I played, because I think I played amazing today. I was really nervous, but I didn’t really choke. I was always going for my shots, always going for the right play.”

Being able to make the right play at the right time comes down not just to technique, but to fitness as well. And for that, Wawrinka could count on the help of Paganini, who had helped guide compatriot Federer to the top of the tennis world a decade earlier.

“I can tell you that Pierre Paganini plays a key role in my career. He’s instrumental in the good results all along my career,” confirmed Wawrinka. “It’s quite strange when I tell myself that I have a [Olympic] gold medal and Davis Cup, and that I have two Grand Slams. [It’s] something quite amazing. I never expected to go this far in my career; never expected to be this strong.”

Winning did not come easily to Wawrinka, who erased a one-set deficit against Djokovic before sweeping the next three sets.

“[Novak] was playing well, but I knew what to do,” offered the clean-hitting Swiss. “I was trying to have longer rally, trying to play more deep, trying to play more aggressive from baseline, and little by little, I started to be the player inside the court.”

Going for his shots allowed Wawrinka to serve for the championship at 5-4 in the fourth set. In that game, he had two opponents to contend with: Djokovic and himself.

“I was really nervous that game, because I knew I was serving for the match,” confessed Wawrinka. “I was starting to think about the French Open winner, the trophy and everything.

“So I just tried to be focused. I saved a break point after that, and the thing is, I think I was doing the right thing. That’s the most important. That’s the only way I can give myself some chance to beat the top guys.”