A great battle to snatch access to the second round of the Monte-Carlo Master 1000. Stan Wawrinka had to struggle and not a little to overcome the Dutch Tallon Griekspoor in his debut, with the final score of 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
The experience of the Swiss player finally prevailed after a fight that lasted over two and a half hours. After the match, the 38-year-old said in a press conference: Stan explained: “I continue to enjoy an environment like this a lot, competing on important courts makes me very happy.” The Lausanne native then went on to analyze the victory: “It was a difficult match because starting a tour on clay requires a lot of concentration.
You have to find your game little by little, acclimatize well to the conditions. Luckily I succeeded and carried on with the race. I am satisfied with my physical condition. For some time now I have felt that I can compete well during an entire match, without feeling discomfort or physical problems afterwards.
It’s great for my confidence and makes me look forward to this tournament with great enthusiasm.”
Stan Wawrinka challenges Taylor Fritz
Wawrinka is already thinking about the next very delicate match against the American Taylor Fritz, currently number 10 in the ATP world rankings: “I know my level of play and I am aware that if I don’t have physical problems I can beat many tennis players.
In any case, I have to keep working to find my best level,” he concluded in front of the media. The Swiss is very keen to do well in this competition, given that a few years ago he too managed to win the title. In fact, in 2014 Stan managed to win in the final act of the event on the compatriot champion Roger Federer, putting the prestigious trophy on the showcase.
It won’t be an easy second round for Wawrinka, even if the American player doesn’t much like slow surfaces like clay. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 12 April and certainly promises a lot of entertainment.