Stan Wawrinka, the three-time Grand Slam Champion was in an optimistic mood despite losing in the Sofia Open semi-finals. The Swiss is on his way back after undergoing knee surgery last year and said he needs more time to reach full fitness. He went down 7-6(6) 6-4 to Mirza Basic from Bosnia in his fifth competitive match in seven months.
Wawrinka was defeated in the second round of the Australian Open, losing to American Tennys Sandgren in three sets. He said in a news conference, “It would have been great to win one more match but I need to take the positives from this week.”
The 32-year-old further added, “It was positive to have three matches in a row and win two matches. For sure it costs me more energy to win matches, since I am not used to play matches, but that is what I have to do to get back to my level.”
Wawrinka said he did not feel any discomfort or pain from his injury during the tournament in Bulgaria. “My knee’s getting better,” he said. “I am really happy and positive after the surgery, it has been six months until now and everything is going really well. I think I am doing everything possible to get back to what I want to be.”
Wawrinka dropped to 15th in the world rankings due to his absence from the tour, however, remains cautious about his prospects of a long run. “I am moving well, I am playing well, but it is part of a process… to play more matches, to become more confident,” he said.
He added, “There are a lot of things that you have to put together. It is not only about fitness, not only about tennis. It is also about being more relaxed while you play.”