Fresh off a confidence-boosting title in Geneva Saturday, Stan Wawrinka arrived as defending champion at the French Open. And he’s feeling better thanks to the title in Switzerland despite having to play on Monday.
“So I’m happy to have won,” Wawrinka said Sunday. “This is something that was important for me. It’s always been a dream for me to have a trophy in Switzerland. I took some big confidence by winning the trophy there and arriving here.
“It’s the first time I have arrived so late, that’s for sure. Now, I hope it’s not going to bother me for tomorrow. I arrived only yesterday night from Geneva, so I don’t have my head already on the French Open, so that’s a little bit different.”
Wawrinka begins his defense on Monday against the dangerous Lukas Rosol who he beat in the semifinals in Switzerland last week.
“We played three sets a few days ago in Geneva. I also played him this year in the Australian Open,” he said. “He’s a dangerous player. He’s serving big. He’s going for his shots. You never know what to expect, really.”
Stan is first on Chatrier against Rosol. The last time he was on that court he had just beaten Novak Djokovic in what he calls the “greatest moment of all in my career.”
But that was last year.
“When I look at myself, I say, no, I’m not at the same level but who knows? At present, I’d say that Novak is the main favorite. It was the case last year, as well. I think to beat him, it’s going to be very difficult, and then there is Murray and Nadal on an equal footing, and then I’m just after them.”
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