Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka suggests he is proud of the career as he acknowledged that he was competing in the era of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Besides Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, Wawrinka is the only active players in the men's game with at least more than Grand Slam captured.
Wawrinka competed in what many believe was the toughest era in men's tennis history but still managed to win three Grand Slams and reach the world No. 1 position. "I am aware of what I achieved, and I also know how difficult it was, especially in this period of tennis history when the Big 4 was dominating.
So for now, legend or not, it depends where you place the cursor. We can really take stock when I stop my career," Wawrinka told We Love Tennis Magazine, as revealed by Sportskeeda.
Wawrinka accomplished his goals
Before becoming a Grand Slam champion and a legend of the game, Wawrinka just wanted to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a pro and make a living out of tennis.
"When I was younger, I never set myself the goal of winning a Grand Slam. My dream was to be a professional player, to live from my passion, to be part of the top 100. However, I managed to build a nice track record. But to be totally sincere, I would never have dared to dream of winning so much," Wawrinka said.
Meanwhile, Wawrinka made his return to tennis in late March at the Marbella Challenger. Wawrinka has played three tournaments so far and he clinched his first victory at the Rome Masters. After losing openers in Marbella and Monte Carlo, Wawrinka recovered from a set and a break down to beat Reilly Opelka in the Rome first round. In the second round, Wawrinka suffered a straight-set defeat versus Djokovic. Next up for Wawrinka is the French Open.