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2015 Australian Open Defending champion Stan Wawrinka feeling fresh

Stan Wawrinka has only dropped one set as he prepares for another Australian Open quarter-final.

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Defending champion Stan Wawrinka is feeling fresh in his quest for back-to-back Australian Open titles after winning through to the last eight on Monday.

The Swiss fourth seed, who came from 6-2 down in the fourth set tie-break, saw off Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) in three hours and two minutes on Margaret Court Arena.

Monday was the first time Wawrinka had dropped a set at Melbourne Park in 2015, having disposed of Marsel Ilhan, Marius Copil and Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.

The 29-year-old has hardly expended a lot of time and energy en route to the quarter-finals, having spent less than nine hours on court after four rounds.

"I'm happy the way I'm playing so far," Wawrinka told a media conference.

"As I said before the tournament, I'm ready for the tournament. My game is there.

"I didn't spend too much energy on the court since one week.

"I'm happy to get the chance to play one more quarter-final."

Next up for Wawrinka is last year's US Open finalist, Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

And the hype surrounding the Swiss star is increasing, especially following the early exit of countryman Roger Federer.

But talk of winning another major is premature, according to Wawrinka.

"I'm taking match after match. I know it's difficult to do it. It's amazing I already did one," he added.

"I'm happy to still be there playing great tennis so far. I have the chance to play one more quarter-final and see how it's going to go."

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