Stan Wawrinka defeated Diego Schwartzman in three sets to open his Cincinnati campaign on a good note. Commenting on what this win means to him, Wawrinka said: 'That's those kind of match that I'm looking for. It's important for my confidence.
It's important for my game. I think to beat a player like Diego, it's not only important for confidence but it show that I'm playing well, I'm moving well. He's in the top 20 in the world, so it's a big win already.' Wawrinka was coming from his straight-set loss to Rafael Nadal in Toronto.
Speaking about that, the 33-year-old said: 'I think was a great match for me to see that, that I find a way to little by little put my game into matches. I had two really tough win last week, first match against (Nick) Kyrgios and against (Marton) Fucsovics.
Was big battle, tough match. But little by little it's coming back, coming back together. I still know I expect some up-and-downs the next few weeks, months, because I still know that not everything is back, but most important is to keep working on, keep doing the right thing, keep pushing in matches, keep winning match like today.
Little by little I'm gaining my confidence. I'm finding a way how to play my best tennis. I'm going to put my fitness back. I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm really positive with where I am right now.' Wawrinka was also asked about his physical condition: 'I do trust my body.
Now I need to trust my mind, also. I need to get used to those match, tough match, get used to those moments where you need to not think too much about what's happening but just play your game. My body is, where it is right now, is I think really strong, really good, but still some up-and-downs.
Still there is a lot of things that I don't know how it will react when I'm going to play a five-set match, when I'm going to win hopefully a five-set match back to back, things like that, if I start to win more matches.
For sure I need to get used again to push my body to the limit, winning match after match and keep playing, keep moving my best. Today I was really positive, because I was feeling a little bit tired. I was feeling a little bit heavy legs, but I still find a way to win.
I still find a way to move better. And I know that by pushing myself I will get where I want to be. I want to get back to a good ranking, if possible, but most important, to be 100% at the end of the year, to have a good offseason and to be ready for next year, to hopefully play some big tournaments.' Asked about the one-handed backhand future, Wawrinka commented: 'I don't know.
I think it's always been the talk about if it's gonna have more one hand or two hand. I think there will always be someone in backhand you can see, as you say, with Denis, Stefanos. I think it's always nice to have some one-hand backhand, and I enjoy to watch, like Stefanos last week.
I think he has a great one. It's fun to watch him play.' ALSO READ: After playing with shot clock for a week, Rafael Nadal gives his thoughts