'Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are just pushing...', says former Top 10
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 3721
Stan Wawrinka was one of the few players capable of winning a Grand Slam in the Big 3 era. The Swiss has succeeded three times, having won the same number of majors as Andy Murray. His first triumph came at the Australian Open 2014, and then swept the Roland Garros 2015 and the US Open 2016 (on both occasions he beat Novak Djokovic in the final).
The Swiss can also boast the double Olympic gold won together with compatriot Roger Federer at the Beijing Games in 2008. The former world number 3 is going through perhaps the most difficult moment of his career, so much so that he has undergone two surgery to try to fix a foot injury.
“It takes time, you have to be very patient in these cases. I just want to say that I'm on the right track to get back on the pitch, this is my main source of motivation” - said Stan in a recent interview on Instagram.
Wawrinka also analyzed Djokovic's possible Grand Slam, which would overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the event of a US Open triumph.
Wawrinka praises the Big 3
“Well, you never expect a player to be ready to win four Grand Slams, but I think what they show us since 15 years, even more between Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic, it’s, they are just pushing and pushing and pushing the extreme limit of how well you can play in tennis.
Novak a bit more the last few years. His level is for sure something special,” said Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka is all praise for Novak Djokovic to win the fourth Grand Slam of the year. “It’s tough to really say for me, I always feel that he will win because of the way he is playing, the way he can close match, and the way he can find his way.
I always feel he is going to win,” said Wawrinka. Roger Federer lost his footing during the second-set tiebreaker against Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. He never seemed to recover from that, moving gingerly to the point of being almost stationary as he succumbed to a 6-0 loss in the third set.
A few days after that the 39-year-old pulled out of the Olympics, citing a "setback" on his injured knee. But not many were surprised by that decision, given that the Swiss had already expressed reservations about traveling to Tokyo amid the pandemic.