Stan Wawrinka may not have looked convincing in his second round match against Taro Daniel, but he was glad that he wasn’t involved in a another five-set battle.
The reigning Roland Garros champion was forced to dig deep in his 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Lukas Rosol in the first round, but he didn’t face quite as much trouble in his 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Daniel in Wednesday’s second round.
Wawrinka believes that he was more focused against Daniel and was pleased to have taken one step closer to retaining his title.
“I’m very satisfied after a tough first match,” he said during the on-court interview. “Happy to be through in straight sets. I managed to be tougher with myself in the key moments. All in all I stayed focused on what I had to do.”
During his clash with Daniel, Wawrinka had 17 opportunities to break the 23-year-old Japanese, but only broke him four times. Despite this, the world number four was happy to have booked his spot in the third round and hopes that he will get stronger as the second grand slam of the year progresses.
“I created a lot of chances. I can’t remember how many break points I had, but far too many if you look at what I did with them. The most important is to win, even more in three sets,” he said. “Hopefully, I will play better and better to go as far as possible. Today there were many ups and downs, but I have my tennis and I’m ready to step it up.”
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