Former champion Stan Wawrinka says he is happy to be in Melbourne for the Australian Open and is feeling good after practicing in the Melbourne conditions for a week, in an interview to the ATP site. The 2014 Aussie Open champion, says, “It’s another year and still after all these years on Tour, I’m always very happy to be here.
I prepared very well and I feel good here. I practised all week, feeling good, and I hope to get a good start into this tournament. It’s the first Grand Slam of the season. It’s summer here and we come from the European winter.
It’s more or less the first time we see the sun here usually. There are many fans here and a great atmosphere all day on all courts. I won my first Grand Slam here. I also like the conditions and am happy to be back here”.
The 34 year old Swiss star plays Damir Dzumhur, the World No. 92, in the first round of the Australian Open. This will be their fourth meeting with Dzumhur leading the head-to-head 2-1. “I know Dzumhur well, I played him several times.
I have lost and won against him in the past. He plays mostly from the baseline, moves well, returns well, does everything well. I think it will depend on how I play and if I can impose my game. I hope that I can do that."
In his first tournament of the year, Wawrinka reached the semi-finals of the ATP Doha event and says he was happy with his progress there. "It was the first tournament, and of course you always want to improve and do better.
I had my chances, which I didn’t take sadly. Nevertheless it was a good start to the year. I’m very happy about my 10 days in Doha before coming here... I’m happy about the level of my game and how practice goes. Now I can’t wait to play my first match”.