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Wawrinka: "I Was a Little Bit Lost In My Head After Melbourne"

In an interview with The Telegraph ahead of the season's third Grand Slam, world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka says he "was a bit lost in my head" after his shock victory at the Australian Open. The Swiss opened up about his up-and-down season since his maiden Grand Slam triumph, including the reaction of his home town to his Melbourne victory, and his relationship with coach Magnus Norman.

“They wanted to give me a reception in my home town when I got back [from Australia],” he told The Telegraph's Simon Briggs“But I said no. For me it was too much. When I’m back home, I try to do as little as possible because I want to take time with my family and that’s the most important thing.”

“I was a little bit lost in my head after Melbourne," he added. "During the matches I was like, ‘It’s OK if I lose. I’ve just won a Grand Slam.’ The way I was playing, the way I was fighting, was not good enough. And I knew it. I always accept honesty. That’s something I told Magnus the first time we met."

“I don’t want a coach who is saying what I want to hear. I want a coach who is saying what he thinks."

Wawrinka's clay court season was mixed, as he captured the title in Monte Carlo before suffering second and third round defeats in Madrid and Rome. His campaign on the European red clay culminated in a shock defeat in the first round of Roland Garros to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

He reached the semifinals in the event at the Queen's Club in London last week, where he fell 6-2, 6-3 to Grigor Dimitrov. Wawrinka has had the least success at Wimbledon in his career, amassing just a 9-9 record. He has not advanced past the second round there since 2009. As a result of his grass court pedigree, Wawrinka was bumped down in the seedings by the All England Club in favor of Andy Murray; he will compete at Wimbledon as the No. 5 seed. However, none of this appears to have daunted him.

“I never had any amazing results at Wimbledon,” he said. “This year is going to be different.”