Stan Wawrinka is set to compete at the Mexican Open in Acapulco from 25 February to 2 March. This will be his first appearance in the tournament since 2013. Explaining why he picked Acapulco over Dubai, Wawrinka said: 'My team and I decided that it was the moment to make a change...
I am focusing on my tennis. I have good memories of Dubai, I won the 2016 title, but I want to make a change and get amazing results in Acapulco.' Wawrinka achieved his best result in the Mexican event in 2012 reaching the quarter-finals, and he wants to do better. 'I am focusing on working hard and results will come.
I would definitely like that in 2019 I would make a step forward than in 2012 and play the final, but when the date comes I will have to show that I can do it.' Wawrinka underwent a knee surgery in August 2017 and he struggled in 2018, slowly trying to get to the top.
Analyzing his next goals, the 33-year-old said: 'I focus on good things and on what I can control. I work hard in the prevention exercises and I focus on my game. I feel I have a couple of great years ahead and I will do all the possible to play at the highest level.
The most important thing for me is to stay healthy. If I am healthy, I know I can achieve great results. I am not focusing on rankings now but, obviously, I want to compete for the biggest titles.' Wawrinka started 2019 season on a good note defeating Karen Khachanov and Nicolas Jarry in the Qatar Open of Doha, and then, eventually lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals.
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