In an interview to ESPN in Acapulco, Stan Wawrinka praised the dominance of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray. They have combined to win 55 Grand Slam titles. "If you look at the Big Four, they really bring the sport to another level.
Since a very young age, they started winning all the tournaments reaching the semi-finals in each tournament together all the time. For sure, it was tough a few years ago for us to take something and it is still tough for the younger players to take some big trophy.
But again, there is a lot of mixture on the tour - younger and older - and if you look at what has been happening since the beginning of the year, you saw great matches, some big wins from the younger. So it's very interesting to watch," said Wawrinka, who won three Majors (2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open, and 2016 US Open).
On how players' career has got longer over the years, Wawrinka added: "I think age, many years on the tour, pushing your body to the maximum since an early age. You know, ten years ago players were retiring at 30 years old.
Now it's 34, 35, 36, and everybody tried to play longer but this body has to handle the professional things so it's not easy." On Andy Murray's hip surgery, Wawrinka concluded: "We talked last year a few times in the tournaments.
We stayed in touch but it's always difficult to compare, you cannot compare. It's a difficult surgery. It's tough for him to get through that big surgery."