There’s no ‘Big Five’, says Wawrinka


New York—Stan Wawrinka has won as many Grand Slam titles as Andy Murray, but even after capturing the US Open the 31-year-old insists his record does not bear comparison with tennis’ ‘Big Four’.
That exclusive club of Novak Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 42 of the last 47 Grand Slams.
The only men to break that stranglehold are Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic at the 2009 and 2014 US Open tournaments respectively…and Wawrinka.
The unassuming Swiss has won all three major finals in which he has appeared—the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open and now the 2016 US Open, secured with a four-set win over Djokovic on Sunday.
Djokovic believes world number three Wawrinka should be treated as a genuine heavyweight of the men’s game.
“He deserves to be in the mix, no doubt about it. Stan has won three Grand Slams now and three different ones; Olympic medal,” said the Serb.
“Been around for so many years, and he plays best in the big matches. I mean, he definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players.”
But Wawrinka says he’s happy with his status in the sport and that talk of a ‘Big Five’ does not stack up.
“Novak is always so nice with me. I love him. He’s a good friend. He always say a lot of nice thing about me,” said Wawrinka.
“The Big Four, I’m really far from them. Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they’ve been there.
“If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there since ten years.
“They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That’s why I’m not there. I don’t want to be there. For me, there is no question about that.”
Wawrinka may be right to be reluctant to class himself in the elite if the cold facts and figures are any guide at all. He has three majors but only one Masters amongst his 15 career tiles. Murray has 12 Masters, three Slams and 39 trophies in total.—AFP

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