Membership in Big Four not of huge interest for Wawrinka

Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:01am EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Following Stan Wawrinka's win at the U.S. Open on Sunday, it may finally be time to officially expand the 'Big Four' in men's tennis to the 'Big Five'.

Since 2005, when Rafa Nadal won his first French Open crown, the Spaniard, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray have formed their own elite club, sweeping all but five of the grand slam titles.

The 2009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martin del Potro and 2014 champion Marin Cilic both interrupted the Big Four's dominance but only Wawrinka has repeatedly defied them.

With his 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3 victory over Djokovic on Sunday, Wawrinka captured his third major title, matching the haul of long-standing Big Four member Murray.

The Swiss is only a Wimbledon title shy of a career slam.

Certainly Wawrinka gets Djokovic's vote for inclusion, having taken two of his three titles at the Serb's expense.

"He deserves to be in the mix, no doubt about it," said Djokovic, who lost to the Swiss in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

"Stan won three grand slams now and three different ones; (an) Olympic medal.   Continued...

 
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka (SUI) poses with the trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports