Stan Wawrinka's come back proceeds slowly but steadily. The Swiss, after reaching the 2017 French Open final had to undergo surgeries on his injured knee which meant he had to take an extended time off the tennis calendar.
Rehabilitation and slow recovery forced Stanimal to play subtly in the last season, both from a physical point of view and from a mental point of view. Last year, he collapsed in the ranking, considering that in 2017 he had reached the third place.
The few matches played last season and the knee discomfort limited his athletic performances, forcing the Swiss to even limit his participation in tournaments. Now Wawrinka is slowly making his competitive return. His body needed time to regain that confidence and certainties that he had at least until mid-2017.
His season is proceeding on a regular basis, and his physical improvements are having a positive effect too on his confidence and his mental soundness. He started the season at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Roberto Bautista.
At the Australian Open, Milos Raonic stopped Stan's run in the second round, while at the Sofia Open he left the scene in the first round against Marius Copil. After a year-and-a-half, Wawrinka came back to play an ATP final, at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, losing to Gael Monfils.
He played a good tournament in Acapulco too, before being knocked out by Nick Kyrgios in the quarterfinals. These are certainly positive results, which will help his morale and, above all, allow him to play tournaments regularly, accumulating energy in the legs and the rhythm of the matches.
If he physically leaves behind all the injuries and physical problems, then during the rest of the season Wawrinka could aim to add more titles to his kitty. There will be chances too in the Slams, despite Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal being the favourites in the Majors, and today they are unassailable for anyone, if not for Roger Federer.
However Wawrinka, despite never having been a consistent player, has had in his career exploits that are not to be underestimated by his opponents. If his physique and mind will be united in a positive week, we can expect great surprises from the Swiss' season. Side note: from the start of the season we are seeing how many Old Gen guys are recovering their physical and psychological energies and getting good results.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and many others. It is, therefore, reasonable to believe that Wawrinka will have his moment too.