Stan Wawrinka was delighted by his return to top form at the Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals. The Swiss fell to Alexander Zverev 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
After his 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 victory over fourth seed Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round, Wawrinka said: “I think the last time I played so well was before the surgery. I feel since the off-season my level is really high. Physically, I’m moving better than last year. So I’m improving. I’m pretty sure [that] the last time I played that well was before the surgery.”
Wawrinka underwent two left knee surgeries in August 2017, just two months after competing in his fourth Grand Slam championship final at Roland Garros (l. to Nadal).
“I have been practising really hard,” admitted Wawrinka. “I’ve been feeling great on the court, on the practice court, good sessions, putting in a lot of work physically and tennis-wise. The week before I came here, I was really feeling at the top level.”