Stan Wawrinka takes Eastbourne wild card to shape up his grass form

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Stan Wawrinka takes Eastbourne wild card to shape up his grass form

A former world number 3 and a three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka has made another big step on his comeback trail, scoring a win at ATP 500 event at Queen's before losing to Sam Querrey in three sets, staying on the level terms with the American in the opening two sets before losing the ground in the decider. Stan had serious knee troubles in 2017, being forced to undergo two surgeries and making a modest return so far this season, winning five matches and dropping from the Top 250 after some 15 years.

The Swiss decided to enter another tournament before Wimbledon, accepting a wild card in Eastbourne to make his debut at this event and battle for more wins before the third Grand Slam fo the season. Wawrinka played at this tournament while it was staged in Nottingham, losing in the opening round to Andreas Seppi and Ivo Karlovic in 2006 and 2007, and he hopes for a much better result this time around to find the right form before heading to Wimbledon.

Novak Djokovic won the title in Eastbourne 12 months ago and this year's field in led by Diego Schwartzman, Kyle Edmund, Denis Shapovalov, Feliciano Lopez, Gilles Muller and David Ferrer.

“I feel good with the way I moved and the way I played my game at Queen’s last week,” said Wawrinka.

“I am looking forward to getting some more matches under my belt at Eastbourne next week, getting used to playing important points again and feeling right mentally on the court. It isn’t easy to start from zero after surgery and stay positive, but I believe I am physically fit enough to play my best tennis now and I am looking forward to seeing how far that can take me.”

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