Stanislas Wawrinka thinks he can go a long way in this year's BNP Paribas Open as the Indian Wells conditions suit his game perfectly.
Wawrinka, who was beaten in the final of the tournament in 2017 by his Swiss compatriot Roger Federer, was given a scare in this year's first round by Dan Evans before eventually beating the British player 6-7 6-3 6-3.
"He's for sure a great player," said Wawrinka. "Also, this year he's playing a lot of matches and has a lot of confidence. He's won a lot of matches. He's always a tough player to play, for sure. You can see against other players. He always makes it difficult.
"I think he's mixing it a lot, especially in conditions like today when it's windy. With his slice, he feels the ball really well. He's mixing his game, serve-and-volleying, sometimes coming in, sometimes not, passing well. It's always difficult to play against him.
"I like the tournament. I think in general the conditions are good for my game. A hard court and quite slow, I would say. You can really play your game. I think for me this year it's for sure special because I'm happy to be back."
Wawrinka, who missed last year's tournament because of a knee injury, is 2/5 to beat Marton Fucsovics in the second round on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Peter Gojowczyk defeated Andreas Seppi 7-5 6-4 and will play Federer in the next round. Federer is 4/7 to win the tournament.
Radu Albot eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory against Marius Copil, Hubert Hurkacz beat Donald Young 6-3 6-3 and Steve Johnson defeated Taylor Fritz by 6-3 6-3.
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