Former world number 3 Stan Wawrinka believes he still has the game to beat good players but noted it’s just a matter of him figuring out how to do it consistently. Wawrinka, 37, reached back-to-back ATP quarterfinals in Rotterdam in Marseille.
Following those two results, Wawrinka improved to 97th in the world. For the first time in 14 months, Wawrinka is back in the top 100 in the world. «My game is high, when I enter the court I think I can beat any player in front of me.
Now I have to do it and I have to do it on repeat in the same week. But the year is long and I’m always looking for the full year, the big picture, controlling what I can control and the matches and the results will come,» Wawrinka said at the ATP tennis radio podcast.
Wawrinka: I’m not at my best level
Wawrinka, who returned from two foot surgeries last year, admits he still hasn’t reached the level of tennis he wants to be at.
However, Wawrinka remains committed to the practice and is hopeful that he will eventually reach the desired level. «I’m still far from where I want to be. The rankings follow your results. For me, the most important thing is the way I play, I practice, the way I participate in tournaments.» Wawrinka noted.
Wawrinka, who will turn 38 in March, was asked at the start of the 2023 season if this was his last season. Wawrinka apparently indicated that he planned to play for at least a few more years. «In the middle of January, I would like to say no.
No, because I didn’t try so hard that I would have to quit smoking in a few months. I didn’t get that fit for a single season. And at the same time, it is clear that you never know what can happen. But honestly, I want to last a few more years,» Wawrinka said in January.