Stan Wawrinka is into the third round of the Indian Wells Masters with the 37-year-old eager to complete a long injury comeback by winning a 17th title.
While the three-time Grand Slam winner is keen to lift another trophy before he hangs up his racquet, the Swiss is also quietly celebrating the end of an injury run which has included knees and ankles and has required several surgeries.
“I feel competitive. I know that when I go out on court, most times I can beat my opponent,: Wawrinka said.
“I’m no longer young. Things are a bit more complicated than before, but I still believe that I can win tournaments.
“I don’t know what tournament level, but I can win a trophy before I stop.”
Despite having won his last trophy in Geneva six years ago, the No. 100 who reached a peak of third in the rankings, knows he is living the dream.
“As long as I feel competitive, I want to keep going, but I also want to remind people not to forget where you came from and what your dream was when you were young.
“It doesn’t matter if I’ve won three Grand Slams, if I’ve achieved much more than I could dream of. It still has to be special.
“If you want to keep pushing yourself past 30 and want to keep being passionate about it, things have to be special.
“My dream was to be a professional tennis player, at that time it was to reach the Top 100.”