INTERNAZIONALI BNL D'ITALIA
Wawrinka, Murray Hoping For Better
by ATP Staff|
Both Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray are looking to bounce back this week at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, having suffered early exits at last week’s Mutua Madrid Open. World No. 3 Wawrinka was stunned in the second round by rising star Dominic Thiem, while No. 8 Murray was beaten by Santiago Giraldo in the third round.
“I’ve been practising well [since Thursday] and getting ready for the tournament. If I can play well I can do some damage,” said Wawrinka, who reached the final at the Foro Italico in 2008 (l. to Djokovic). “I think that on clay courts, there are fewer players that I am afraid to play against. I have more confidence now in competing against the top guys.”
Wawrinka has already won three titles this year, his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open (d. Nadal), his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (d. Federer) and his second Aircel Chennai Open crown (d. Roger-Vasselin).
“I think it is going to be an interesting season, but I still think that they (Nadal, Djokovic and Federer) are going to win a lot of tournaments,” said the 29-year-old Swiss. He is due to face either wild card Paolo Lorenzi or qualifier Pere Riba in his opening match.
Murray is looking to find the top form that has eluded him since returning from back surgery at the start of the season. Coach-less after parting ways with Ivan Lendl in March, the Scot has not reached a final since his historic triumph at Wimbledon last year (d. Djokovic) and is hoping things will fall into place in time for Roland Garros in two weeks' time.
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"I try to get better every year," said Murray, who will open his Rome campaign against Marcel Granollers. "I just need to keep working and I am confident that when Roland Garros comes around I will be playing good tennis.
"After playing Davis Cup [versus Italy], I wanted to get away from tennis for a bit. Only when I returned to training did I start to think about my coaching situation. That’s why I have taken my time, because I do not want a six-month or one-year commitment. I want someone for the long-term. I have a couple of people in mind now, but I need to see if it will work out."