Stan Wawrinka was satisfied with his straight-set win over Pablo Cuevas in Basel. The Lausanne native said: "I probably played my best first-round ever in Basel." Wawrinka also reflected on his season overall: "I came back from a serious injury, I am world No.
15 and I still beat Novak (Djokovic) in New York. You would have liked me to win a Grand Slam? But who won the last 12 Grand Slam titles? There are three." Wawrinka is not at his best yet after a foot injury he suffered since the US Open.
"It's easy to judge being far away. For example, looking at the breaks I had when I was injured. I lost the desire to speak with the Swiss press. Being No. 15 in the world is much better than what you think. You may realize it one day.
I built my entire career on more stages. And for me, all what I built after my injury and what I did this year was perfect. I find in a position that allows me to exactly know what I will be able to do in 2020. Coming back does not happen forenight.
Next year we may speak of a Grand Slam. This year it was not a topic." Wawrinka suffered a mishap in Basel. On Thursday, he defeated the United States' Frances Tiafoe in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. But he developed back injury problems in the third set during its final moments.
Although he won the match and advanced to the quarter-finals, he later withdrew ahead of his match against fellow Swiss Roger Federer on the same day. Federer moved into the semi-finals and awaits the winner between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Filip Krajinovic.