Stan Wawrinka: 'This is lack of practice on clay. My next event is Madrid'
Tennis - The Swiss player admitted he had 'heavy legs' today against Cuevas
Stan Wawrinka didn't have any break point today against Pablo Cuevas, and the Swiss player lost 6-4 6-4. Wawrinka admitted he didn't play at his best but at this point of the year it can be understandable. 'He played really well. He's a really good player, tough to play, especially on clay. He played February already, so he has his game already ready for the clay. My side, it wasn't the best match. A little bit slow today. Heavy legs. Not moving the best. Then I don't play as heavy as I want. I'm a little bit late on the points. I've been working hard since the beginning of the clay doing fitness with tennis. I can expect to be, in the first tournament, a little bit heavy and not at my best yet because you need to get used to. For sure I'm disappointed because I wanted to play better and make a better result here. This is the lack of practice on clay. In the other way, I need to keep working out, use now the next two weeks to do my big preparation like I wanted to do, get ready for Madrid.'
Asked if he is surprised by the losses of the best players in the tournaments this year, Wawrinka replied: 'There are not so many surprises. Rafa played two finals, for example. It hasn't changed much in the last 10 years. It's interesting. When Novak and Andy are not playing so well, we need to watch what will happen, especially during the clay court season. Rafa can be extremely dangerous. We'll see if Novak can get his confidence up again.'