Monte-Carlo resident Stan Wawrinka has been training hard at the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters, the venue of his 2014 ATP Masters 1000 title over fellow Swiss Roger Federer.
The 33-year-old beat former semi-finalist Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday, but could not overcome No. 11 seed Marco Cecchinato on Court des Princes on Tuesday in a 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 loss.
Speaking after his win over Pouille, Wawrinka admitted, “This week on clay was good, and I know that my level is good. Now I need to win matches, gain more confidence, and keep on winning.
“This has always been one of the best tournaments, and we like Monte-Carlo very much. And the fact of actually having won here is very special for me. We all think that Monte-Carlo is a very nice tournament. We feel that way. We say it. We all say that. For me, winning here, the final against Roger on that occasion, was just fantastic and I have great memories of that.”