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Stanislas Wawrinka geared up for Chennai Open
29 December 2011

World No 17 Stanislas Wawrinka has sounded a note of caution ahead of his title defence at the Chennai Open, saying the field was ‘very interesting and that nothing can be taken for granted.’

Wawrinka reached Chennai on Thursday for the tournament that begins from Monday. “I always look forward to the week in Chennai. The conditions suit my game and I have played some great matches in this stadium. The atmosphere can get very electric, the crowd is very enthusiastic, and that’s something I like,” he said.

Though he expressed confidence over his form coming into the new season, the Swiss acknowledged Serbian Janko Tipsarevic as being one of the top contenders. “As I said, I’m looking forward to defend my title. I’ve played some great tennis here and hope that it will be the case again this year. The tournament has a great line-up and it will be very challenging,” he said. “Tipsarevic has showed in 2011 that he is one of the contenders for the top 10 in 2012; Milos Raonic is a young player with an impressive game who loves to play on any fast surface and will for sure cause some upsets in the next few months. Nicolas Almagro is a big fighter and always a tough opponent,” added Wawrinka, who will feature in the Chennai Open for the fourth consecutive time.

Wawrinka said he has spent a lot of time in the off season improving his fitness. “I spent some time in Gstaad in the Swiss mountains where I did a lot of physical work. Then, I went back to Lausanne where I practised a lot on the court with some Swiss players. I feel like I’m ready and well prepared.”

And while he had a mixed year on the ATP circuit, he regarded his country’s entry into the World Group of the Davis Cup as the high point. “That was one of my biggest achievements in 2011. Roger (Federer) has confirmed his participation for the first round tie against the USA. We haven’t discussed all the details yet but we will fight hard to defend our title at the Olympics in Wimbledon,” he said.

 

 

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