Wawrinka doesn't want Big Four to become Fab Five

Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:04pm EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON (Reuters) - Being a member of tennis' Big Four might be the burning ambition of many players but Stan Wawrinka is in no rush to join the ranks and redefine that club as the Fab Five.

The man who belted down backhand bullets to crush Novak Djokovic's French Open dream, thus denying the Serb a chance to complete his collection of grand slam titles, now owns two majors thanks to his success at Roland Garros earlier this month.

That is the same number of slams won by Andy Murray, one of the bona fide members of the Big Four, but Wawrinka cares little about being held in the same esteem as the Scot, Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal.

"Honestly I don't try to compare myself to them or try to be part of a group. I just want to do the best I can in my career," Wawrinka told Reuters in an interview on the players' lawn at the All England Club as he looked forward to launching his Wimbledon campaign on Monday.

"I'm really happy with what I have done especially in the last two years because that is when it all started, with the two grand slams, the Davis Cup (title in 2014) and everything.

"I'm really happy with my career," added the Swiss, who had to wait almost until 29th birthday to get his grand slam breakthrough at the 2014 Australian Open before doubling his haul in Paris.

"For me it doesn't matter if it's the Big Four or Big Five or whatever, I don't need that and I am not looking for that. I'm just trying to beat them when I play them, that's it."

"Beat them" he certainly did because just as he toppled the top two seeds to capture the Melbourne Park title 18 months ago, he again proved to be the dark destroyer in Paris.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - 5/6/15
Men's Singles - Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland serves during the semi final
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