Stan Wawrinka looks forward to rest of 2019 despite Australian Open exit


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Stan Wawrinka looks forward to rest of 2019 despite Australian Open exit

Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka admits it's frustrating to lose early at the Australian Open but insists that he is in good spirits. The 2014 Australian Open champion lost a tight second-round contest against Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (4) 7-6 (6) 7-6 (11) 7-6 (5).

The Swiss blew three set points during the third set tie-break. "Yeah, for sure it's frustrating to lose to guys, especially in a match with four tiebreakers. I think the level today was quite good. I'm happy if I look the big picture.

I'm happy with my level, the way I was moving, the way I'm playing in general," Wawrinka said post-match. No. 16 seed Raonic fired 84 winners, 39 aces and won 84 percent of his first serve points during the match.

"I think he also played really well. For sure, when it's that tight, the match can change for one, two points. I miss few little points that could have changed the match," Wawrinka admitted. "But he played better in general.

I think, yeah, it's tough to lose second round. It's frustrating to lose early here, as I want to go deeper, I want to win more matches." Wawrinka made his return from knee surgery at Melbourne Park a year ago.

The Swiss looked far from his best fitness-wise and game-wise when he returned to competitive action. A year later, Wawrinka's game and fitness look much better as he is confident he will continue improving his game.

"Again, if I take some distance, see a little bit everything I've done the last few months to get at that level, I'm quite happy. I'm looking forward to the rest of the year," Wawrinka claimed. Also read: TA boss wants Bernard Tomic - Lleyton Hewitt behind closed doors meeting