Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka is eager not to rush anything as he looks at the bigger picture.
The three-time Grand Slam champion's last tournament of the 2017 season was Wimbledon.
The 32-year-old called it a season earlier to underwent a knee surgery.
Wawrinka made his long-awaited at the Australian Open but was clearly far from his best.
The Swiss featured at last week's ATP Sofia -- where he fell short in the semi-finals to eventual champion Mirza Basic.
The world No. 13 is now set to kick off his Rotterdam campaign as he is due to meet Tallon Griekspoor in the Rotterdam first round on Tuesday.
"You always want to be better and better, but there is no need to rush. The most important thing for me is the next few years, not the next few weeks," Wawrinka said ahead of his Rotterdam opener.
Wawrinka's fellow compatriot Roger Federer concluded his 2016 season after Wimbledon and underwent a knee surgery.
The 36-year-old then adjusted his schedule and went on to capture three Grand Slam titles since his return.
"I don't compare myself with amazing players like Roger - it's most important for me to do the right thing for my career," Wawrinka acknowledged.
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