Stan Wawrinka gives assessment of his level from practice with Dominic Thiem

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Stan Wawrinka gives assessment of his level from practice with Dominic Thiem

Former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka is optimistic he could have a successful comeback and beat top players again. Wawrinka, who turned 37 on Monday, underwent two foot surgeries last year. Wawrinka practiced with Dominic Thiem in Marbella and he was happy with the level he delivered against the Austrian.

"I see that I still have in me what it takes to be able, in the future – if things go well in the other areas (physical and tennis) – to hang on against best and win matches. I'm not where I want to be in terms of fitness yet, but my body allows me to push 3-4 hour training days.

There with Thiem, it was two hours of high intensity and the level was there. Now, we will have to do it in matches, repeat it day after day. This is the goal for the next few weeks. See how the foot reacts in competition, as emotions cause the body to behave differently.

He tenses more. My foot is doing well overall. Zero pain? It doesn't exist, especially at my age. But I can chain the days without these pains that wear mentally," Wawrinka told Le Matin.

Wawrinka set for a comeback

Wawrinka, who has plummeted to No.

232 in the world, was granted a wildcard into the Marbella Challenger. On Tuesday, Wawrinka kicks off his Marbella campaign against Swede Elias Ymer. During his interview with Le Matin, Wawrinka was asked what would be consider as a successful comeback.

"I'm happy to be here. It's a small success, but already a real one. I will be able to answer this question better this summer. This is where I will really see where I am," Wawrinka said. Wawrinka hasn't played in exactly a year but he is not ready to walk away from the game because he believes he can still play well.