Former world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka suffered a defeat in his first match back but he is confident that he will eventually find his game and be ready for the French Open. On Tuesday, Wawrinka played his first match after being out for a year because of two foot surgeries.
Wawrinka, now ranked at No. 232, didn't make a winning comeback as Elias Ymer handed the Swiss a 6-2 6-4 loss. Wawrinka will now turn his focus on preparing for the Monte Carlo Masters, for which he was given a wildcard.
The Monte Carlo Masters starts on April 10. Wawrinka's main goal is to work hard and then try to translate the work done on the practice court to matches. “I know that for Roland Garros I will be much better, there is still a lot of time to prepare for the tournament, so for sure I will show a whole new level, both tennis-wise and physically .
I'm not worried about Roland Garros or Wimbledon, I have to focus on the present moment. My next tournament will be Monte‐Carlo. I have to combine good training with matches, I can't just focus on matches to stay fit.
Now I have to spend a lot of time on the court to keep improving," Wawrinka explained, per We Love Tennis.
Wawrinka had his chances against Ymer
Wawrinka got off to a slow start as Ymer took an early 3-0 lead. Wawrinka saved two break points in the sixth game to avoid going down by a double break but Ymer earned his second break two games later to win the opener.
Wawrinka bounced back at the start of the second set, having taken an early 2-0 lead in the second set. Wawrinka saved two break points in the fourth game, before he broke Ymer again in the fifth game to take go up by a double break and take a 4-1 lead.
After going up by a double break, Wawrinka's game collapsed as Ymer earned three consecutive breaks to overturn the deficit and seal a straight-set win.