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Stanislas Wawrinka saw off Pere Riba 6-0 6-3 on Centre court on day four at Foro Italico.
And after his emphatic win the Swiss player spoke about his rise in the game.
Does it makes any difference to be one of the top guys now?
It’s strange, but it’s better now. I am still trying to improve my game and win as much as I can. The difference now is that when I come into a tournament I know I can beat all the players and then you have to do it. Let’s try to focus match after match and try to be ready for the next one.
You used to say that clay was your best surface but you have had a lot of success on the hard court as well. Is clay the one you like best?
It’s just that I grew up on clay. Until the age of 19 I was playing only clay tournaments, that’s why it’s my best surface for so many years. But on the tour you have a lot of tournaments on hard court and I started to learn and I improve my game a lot. I am happy to play on every surface and I think I can play my best game on every surface, but I am always happy to come back on the clay. I don’t need two days of practice, like in Monte Carlo, and I was playing my best game. That’s the difference, on clay I know that there are less players I am scared to play.
You say you’re happy on every surface, does it includes grass?
I love to play on grass. I really enjoy to play there even if I didn’t have some good result in the past few years. It’s so short, normally I don’t play tournaments before, but this year I am positive and I am sure I can get better.
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