Stanislas Wawrinka isn’t content winning just one Australian Open, he wants more and he wants to get better.
The 28-year-old goes into a fourth round match today at Indian Wells undefeated on the year at 13-0, but he says there’s lots of room for improvement.
“I know that I can still improve a lot of part of my game,” Wawrinka said on Monday after blow out win over Andreas Seppi. “Serving better, trying to be more aggressive, better game at the net, can still improve my forehand, put more pressure on the opponent.
“Then it’s always the same. Maybe I’m going to improve my game but not winning a big tournament this year. So it’s tough to really see what’s gonna change. I’m focus on what I’m doing on the practice court. I know that when my level is high on the practice, then I have a good chance to make some big result.”
Now No. 3 in the world, Wawrinka says he’s not focused on the top ranking.
“I’m too far away from No. 1. I’m really far,” he said. “Look at the ranking. Look at Rafa and Novak are there since many years. They are winning minimum two Grand Slam a year, making final, semifinal, winning Masters 1000. But I know my level. I know that I can play great tennis this year. I never won a 500. Never won a 1000 tournament.
“We’ll see. I’m not thinking at all to be No. 1. I’m just trying to improve, trying to win every match. We will see. I’m not expecting to win a Grand Slam but I did it, so anything can happen.”
And he now has a new, more positive outlook on things.
“In tennis there is always one more tournament, one more Grand Slam, someone better in the ranking,” he said. “So you can always look for more, and if you are not satisfied with what you’re doing, you never enjoy. At 35 years old you look at your career and you think, Oh, shit, it was great, but I didn’t enjoy the 10 or 15 years on the tour. So that’s something I try to change how I try to do, just to enjoy in the moment.”
Wawrinka plays Kevin Anderson with a possible match against Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.
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