Stan Wawrinka beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the final of the 2016 US Open but the Swiss is not confident enough to say he’s in the same level as the Serbian pro or compatriot Roger Federer.
Wawrinka, who won over Djokovic in four sets to bag a third Grand Slam title in his career, stated in an interview that he does not consider himself to be part of the “Big Four” in tennis.
The elite group previously included Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal though only Djokovic and Murray has played at a high level recently with both Federer and Nadal struggling with injuries the previous years.
“They have been winning everything and I think it is just not fair. The big four stay the big four, like that,” Wawrinka stated to The Guardian.
“I am me. I have been achieving something that I never expect the last three years, I have been winning three grand slams and it’s more than amazing. But I don’t want to keep talking about being part of them or close to them. The big four stay the big four. It’s part of tennis history, and it will always be like that and I think it’s great like that.”
Wawrinka won the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open. He recently won the US Open at the expense of Djokovic, whom the Swiss beat on the way to his previous two Grand Slam titles.
The modesty is working for Wawrinka as he has risen in the ATP rankings. He is now the number Swiss player in the world ahead of Roger Federer, who has dropped to tennis World No. 7.
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