• Wawrinka dreams of returning to top 10 ranking

    5/3/13 2:56 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Wawrinka dreams of returning to top 10 ranking After once hitting the ATP top 10 after his 2008 Rome final, Stanislas Wawrinka realises that his tennis career is not finite and that returning to the elite will require a major amount of work and effort.

    His hiring of Swedish coach Magnus Norman may solve some of that problem, but the 28-year-old will also need the mental strength to rise above his current "rut" comfortably inside the top 20.

    "I've been between 15th and 20th for some seasons now," the Swiss told Zurich's Tages Anzeiger. "But I can feel that the top 10 could be near.

    "All it takes is one good tournament. I don't say I want to end the season on ninth or tenth. But I really would like to win a tournament again," said the holder of three ATP titles who won his last in Chennai in 2011. "I just have to try everything to have the best possible chance to continue to rise in the ranking."

    With his years of experience, there is not much that Norman can teach him tennis-wise, but Wawrinka hopes to profit from the Swede's longtime winning attitude on court and off. Even though he cuts the salary cheques for his coach, Wawrinka is ready to learn more about his own game.

    "The situation is different in tennis because the player pays the coach. And some coaches are often not strong and hard enough to always say what they think. I expect my coach to always be sincere and say what he thinks - not what I want to hear. I am convinced that this is the case with Norman. Because he did not need this job, and has already achieved a lot in life."

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