Chennai: Swiss world No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka sounded a note of caution ahead of his title defense in the 2012 Aircel Chennai Open starting on Monday, saying the field was "very interesting" and that nothing could be taken for granted in the world of professional tennis.
“I always look forward to the week in Chennai. The conditions suit my game and I have played some great matches in this stadium. The atmosphere can get very electric, the crowd is very enthusiastic, and that’s something I like,” he said, ahead of the 17th edition of the Chennai Open to be held from January 2-8.
"The draw is very interesting and it will be a great tournament for sure," he said of the impressive field that includes Serbian world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic, world No. 10 Nicolas Almagro of Spain and big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic.
"Tipsarevic has showed in 2011 that he is one of the contenders for the top 10 in 2012; Raonic is a young player with an impressive game who loves to play on any fast surface and will for sure cause some upsets in the next few months. Almagro is a big fighter and always a tough opponent," said the Beijing Olympics doubles gold medallist, who is appearing in his fourth successive season at the Chennai tournament.
Wawrinka said he enjoyed playing in the India tournament and hoped for a good result again.
"As I said, I’m looking forward to defend my title. I’ve played some great tennis here and hope that it will be the case again this year. The tournament has a great line-up and it will be very challenging. The level in men’s tennis is great and you have to play your best to be able to win matches, not even talking about reaching finals or titles. But I’m confident that I can do well again, hopefully with the support of the crowd.