Wawrinka bullish about Aus Open chances


World number one Novak Djokovic has been described as unbeatable but Stan Wawrinka is unfazed by the tag as he attempts to dethrone the Australian Open champion.

Bernard Tomic placed the tag on Djokovic after the Serb crushed Rafael Nadal in Doha last week, which led the latter to hail his opponent as the "perfect" player.

Wawrinka was asked about Djokovic's form in Melbourne on Saturday but the world number four is unfazed by the 10-time grand slam champion's run.

"The level he is putting in is quite amazing," the Swiss told reporters as he prepares to open his Australian Open campaign against Dmitry Tursunov. "That's why he's No.1 in the world

"For me, it doesn't change anything for this tournament. As long as I don't play him, I don't need to take that. I don't need to take the victory against him. 

"I'm happy the way I'm playing so far. I'm confident with my game. I'm looking forward to start Tuesday here."

Reigning French Open champion Wawrinka heads to Melbourne Park looking to add to his 2014 crown.

And the 30-year-old - the only player aside from Djokovic to reach at least the quarter-finals of all four majors last year - arrives in good form, having claimed a fourth Chennai Open title last week.

"I was happy with the way I was playing. I played some really good tennis," said Wawrinka.

"It gives you confidence, especially after the off-season, to start it well again directly from the first tournament.

"Hopefully I can keep playing that well."