Stan Wawrinka Rates Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Then Andy Murray As His Wimbledon Favorites
by Tom Gainey | June 18th, 2015, 12:57 pm

With just 10 days or so from the start of Wimbledon, the prognosticators are getting ready. Among them is French Open champion Stan Wawrinka who offered his favorites to win when asked yesterday after losing to Kevin Anderson in Queen’s.

“I put Novak, Roger, Murray,” Wawrinka said of his Wimbledon favorites.

“Novak is No. 1,” he went on. “He’s been playing so well since last years now and especially this year. I’m sure after losing French Open final he wants more, he wants to come back and win the next big one. So he won last year. We all know that when he’s playing his best tennis he’s really good at it.

“If I put Roger, I’m seeing the way he’s playing. Even if he lost few matches this year, I’m sure he’s going to be ready for the grass. e loves to play on the grass. It’s always tough to beat him. Last year I was really close. Also, I think with him, with his confidence, if he can get through the first week or something, playing well, then he’s going to be tough to beat.

“And Andy because he loves grass, playing at home, already won Wimbledon. He’s playing really well this year. Just that’s just what I think.”

Stan also reiterated that even though he has more Grand Slam titles than Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray since the start of 2014, he’s not part of the Big 4 or even a Big 5.

“For sure if you look last two years, I’m No. 4 in the world with two Grand Slams, Masters 1000, one 500, two or three 250, one Davis Cup, so that’s amazing,” Wawrinka said Tuesday. “But when we talk about the Big 4 it’s been 10 years and they are doing great result, amazing results.

So again, I’m not trying to be Big 4 or big 5, whatever. I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m trying to enjoy what I’m doing and trying to still win some big tournaments. That’s all I care. That’s why I respect so much what they did in the past. That, you will never change, what they achieved, all four.”

Wawrinka made his first Wimbledon quarterfinal last year, losing to Roger Federer. Despite his troubles on the surface, he says he can still play well on it.

“Most difficult, yes, because I have less time on the grass court,” he said of the toughest surfaces. “That’s it. But as I said until last year, I still think I can play my best tennis on grass. But grass is a little bit different. ou don’t have as many tournaments.

“Last year for me was already amazing Wimbledon, losing to Roger during a great match, beating Lopez, beating some great guys. I was happy with the way I was playing.”

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7 Comments for Stan Wawrinka Rates Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Then Andy Murray As His Wimbledon Favorites

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Doesn’t actually read like he’s giving a particular order, more like These are my 3 favourites.

Is there anyone who would disagree with him?

I think in his mind, and mine and many other, he’s thinking “and I’m number 4”.

Berdych would be a long shot, or Cilic, but only if he shows legit game this week. Raonic a looooong shot, but I think those 4 each have a legitimate shot with Novak at the top.

chris ford1 Says:

Vagabond – Clear from both his listing the three and discussing them that Stan starts with Novak 1st, Rog 2nd, and Andy 3rd.
And Stan has discussed his position before and said there is no Big 5. He has not had the consistent results to merit it.

Nitesh Says:

I would rate wawranika as 4th & raonic as the dark horse

calmdownplease Says:

Wawrinka is not a real contender for Wimbledon…
He would need the stars to align to their most precise for that one.
It is interesting, however, that both of his slams have come from slower surfaces while a `defensive` player like Andy has won both of his on faster surfaces.

MMT Says:

Why would you so categorically rule out Wawrinka’s chances at Wimbledon? He has beaten Nadal, Djokovic and Federer THIS YEAR (the latter two in the same tournament), and he is playing well. And one two tie-break loss to Kevin Anderson on grass is no cause for dismissal.

Wawrinka’s ONLY problem on grass is that he susceptible to players who stay on top of the baseline while his court positioning is naturally further back, and on grass that is a recipe for disaster. But if he can make that adjustment, the rest of his game holds up quite well, and I think he’s in with as good a chance as anyone.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Wawrinka did quite well against Fed on Fed’s route to the finals last year. Right now, Wawrinka is playing better tennis and seems mentally much tougher.

I’m ready to drop Cilic from the calculations:
Fed/ Murray


calmdownplease Says:

`Why would you so categorically rule out Wawrinka’s chances at Wimbledon?…`

Because he’s won nothing and done nothing on it before
Because Clay is clearly his favourite surface
Because he was dumped out of Queens and now has no adequate preparation
etc and so on.

Most people are only saying Wawrinka because he just won RG, which is reasonable enough if one ignores anything else factually in the way.
But a `Channel Slam` is going to be a step too far methinks

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