Being the hardcore tennis professional that he is, top seed and title favourite Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland declined to look beyond his first match while admitting that the draw for the Aircel Chennai Open is tougher than it looks despite the absence of defending champion Janko Tipsarevic.
At a media interaction here yesterday even as the Chennai Open commenced, World No 8 Wawrinka pointed out that it being the first tournament of the season, the opening match was crucial to get back into groove after the off-season.
“I know that if I play well, I can do well here, but it’s the first tournament of the year, so you don’t really know what’s going to happen. “The first two rounds are going to be really important. For sure I know I can win the tournament, but it’s not easy at all. We have some really tough games in the draw. so I will try to take it match after match and see where I can go,” said the 28-year old Swiss player.
On his return to the Chennai Open, Wawrinka said the city provided a good stopover en route to Australia and to prepare for the tournament, he practiced for three days in Abu Dhabi prior to arriving here. “I love to come to Chennai, nice place to start the year,” he said.