What did Stan improve?

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  1. TeamOB

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    Until 2013, Stan was kind of a journeyman player. He hung around the 20-30 spots of the rankings and rarely made the second week of slams. His performance in Masters was also so-so. Many 1st and 2nd round losses with an occasional good run. Then, at the age of 28, he suddenly became a Top 5 player and Slam winner. What did he change? I think he became a bit more consistent from the baseline, especially when moving. His movement also seems to have improved some. Is that enough to make such a big jump in ranking? Has anyone noticed anything else?
     
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  2. Tenez101

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    Number one thing is fitness. He went from barely being able to catch his breath in a fifth set against Djokovic to looking the fresher of the two. Also he's a lot more patient in rallies. Magnus seems to have contributed to his improved tactics.
     
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    Agreed on fitness! But with fitness you get an added bonus of self belief. He wasn't having to worry about ending things quickly or getting tired... They go hand in hand, and from there comes confidence and wins...
     
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    So far the man with the plan turned out to be flash in the pan.

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    Better serve, better forehand, and better movement. He always had great fundamentals though, he just matured mentally as a human being too. That is the most important thing, he grew up.
     
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    I think he improved his fitness but he wasn't the fresher of the two IMO. Stan was doing stretches after every game in the 5th set. Overall, Djokovic was having more success getting deep into Stan's service games. Wawrinka wasn't able to run for nearly as many balls as Djokovic could. I think the biggest thing was mental. His serve was outrageously clutch.
     
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  7. Tenez101

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    Yes, you're right but I think it is in a large part a byproduct of his increased fitness - he had more confidence knowing he could phycially hang with Djokovic in the long rallies, and wasn't too hasty to pull the trigger like much of AO '13. Good point on the serve, I can't even remember how many break points he saved in the fifth set.
     
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  8. Vensai

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    Fitness mostly I think.
    His mentality is still streaky though.
     
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    Serve, mental toughness and that absurd tattoo.
     
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  10. sbengte

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    I thought he entered the top 10 in 2008, though wasn't consistent enough to maintain it. Fitness is definitely a factor but I think he grew a lot in the confidence and consistency department under Norman.

    The signs were there in the WTF match he played with Nadal and it was clear he was getting really close and it was a matter of time before he took a match from Nadal. That it would come on the biggest stage , less than a couple of months from then, was something no one would have thought.
     
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    This. Don't think the mental part can be overestimated. Knowing his fundamentals and fitness had improved properly gave him the necessary belief that he had previously lacked against the top dogs.
     
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    Don't forget that he increased his collaboration with the GOAT's GOAT of physical trainers, Pierre Paganini.
     
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  13. Flash O'Groove

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    I remember Stan saying a lot of time that he was very confident that he could go the distance in 5 setters. Stan was always very strong and he was always very proud of it. So I disagree that fitness is important. With Stan, the problem was always in his head, and it is still in his head by the way.
     
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    Head ... But a very robust belief in physical capabilities does help it.

    PP helped him a lot.
     
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  15. Gustavo Kuerten

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    Fitness, meaning the same doping regime Norman put Söderling on and ended his career.

    Outside of that getting extremely lucky to play his master while he was injured.
     
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  17. Roddick85

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    I don't think Stan improved any of his game mechanics. He's just perhaps a bit more confident and fitter than he was a year before. Sorry but I still believe the AO was a fluke and a career high for him. Since then, he didn't go deep in any of the tournaments he played, looked very average in DC. He's a top 10 guy, not top 5.
     
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    He started visiting the Tennis Tips/Instruction forum.
     
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    I think swiss doping industry is one of the best in europe
     
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    I hear the locals can't afford the products made so they export it 100% to another European country whose Government sponsors doping across all sports be it soccer or tennis.
     
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    Improved his personal life.
     
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    Fitness is a definite factor but more importantly, consistency in his all court game and belief that he can beat the top dogs if he plays his game.
     
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  23. Amelie Mauresmo

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    Your comment is off the mark being top 20 is NOT a journeyman player. Stan had reached the top 10 back in 2009 and he returned last year. Stan fitness and mentality changed due to Magnus Norman.
     
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  24. cc0509

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    Yes, but for how much longer? He has probably reached his absolute peak with that AO slam win and it may be all downhill from there.
     
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  25. Tenez101

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    He can already retire more than happy with his AO title. The motivation seems missing at the moment.
     
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    He improved his ability to arrogantly point at his own head after winning a point, as if to say he 'out-thought' his opponent via ballbashing.
     
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    I noticed this. His serve and forehand used to be touch shaky....
     
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  28. cc0509

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    True................
     
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    Still mad about that AO final I see. Relax. I think even Nadal has gotten over it.
     
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    Better fitness better self-belief better forehand. As others have said. Heck of a combination, he has now achieved his life's ambition, congratulations to him, he was amazing in the AO!
     
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