Is Wawrinka the most humble Grand Slam winner in history?

Is Wawrinka the most humble Grand Slam winner in history?
Stanislas Wawrinka kisses the US Open trophy after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday.

New York - Wawrinka says he is not as big as the Big Four, but he can can play his best tennis in big matches



By AFP

Published: Mon 12 Sep 2016, 12:18 PM

Last updated: Fri 16 Sep 2016, 3:39 PM

Stan Wawrinka has won as many Grand Slam titles as Andy Murray, but even after capturing the US Open the 31-year-old insists his record does not bear comparison with tennis' 'Big Four'.
That exclusive club of Novak Djokovic, Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 42 of the last 47 Grand Slams.

The only men to break that stranglehold are Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic at the 2009 and 2014 US Open tournaments respectively...and Wawrinka.
The unassuming Swiss has won all three major finals in which he has appeared - the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French Open and now the 2016 US Open, secured with a four-set win (6-7, 6-4 7-5 6-3) over Djokovic on Sunday.
Djokovic believes world number three Wawrinka should be treated as a genuine heavyweight of the men's game.
"He deserves to be in the mix, no doubt about it. Stan has won three Grand Slams now and three different ones; Olympic medal," said the Serb.
"Been around for so many years, and he plays best in the big matches. I mean, he definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players."
But Wawrinka says he's happy with his status in the sport and that talk of a 'Big Five' does not stack up.
"Novak is always so nice with me. I love him. He's a good friend. He always say a lot of nice thing about me," said Wawrinka.

"The Big Four, I'm really far from them. Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they've been there.
"If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there since ten years.
"They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That's why I'm not there. I don't want to be there. For me, there is no question about that."
Wawrinka may be right to be reluctant to class himself in the elite if the cold facts and figures are any guide at all.
He has three majors but only one Masters amongst his 15 career tiles.
Murray has 12 Masters, three Slams and 39 trophies in total.
World number one Djokovic has 12 majors and 66 career titles, Federer has 17 majors and 69 titles altogether while Nadal owns 14 Grand Slams and 69 singles trophies in all.
With the exception of Federer, the other three are younger than Wawrinka.
His conservatism is also reflected in his head-to-heads with his contemporaries.
Against Djokovic, he trails 5-19; with Murray he is 7-9 down, Federer leads their clashes 18-3 while Nadal is 15-3.
Wawrinka, the oldest US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970, won his first Grand Slam at the age of 28 in Australia.
His late blossoming means that he is also not thinking about becoming world number one any time soon.
"It's simple. I'm way too far to even think about being number one. Look at Novak is number one. He's winning two or three Grand Slams a year. He's winning five Masters 1000 minimum," explained Wawrinka.
"He's winning everything or being in the final. I'm winning fours tournaments a year. I'm happy with that."
Most Grand Slam titles
(By current Grand Slam champions)
(Age 35) Roger Federer 17 (all-time record)
(Age 30) Rafael Nadal 14
(Age 29) Novak Djokovic 12
(Age 29) Andy Murray 3
(Age 31) Stanislas Wawrinka 3
(Age 27) Juan Martin del Potro 1
(Age 27) Marin Cilic 1
  
Most Maters 1000 titles
(By current Grand Slam champions)
Novak Djokovic 30
Rafael Nadal 28
Roger Federer 24
Andy Murray 12
Stanislas Wawrinka 1
Marin Cilic 1
 
Overall career titles
(By current Grand Slam champions)
Roger Federer 88
Rafael Nadal 79
Novak Djokovic 67
Andy Murray 39
Juan Martin del Potro 18
Stanislas Wawrinka 15
Marin Cilic 15
 
Career high ranking
(By current Grand Slam champions)
Roger Federer 1
Rafael Nadal 1
Novak Djokovic 1
Andy Murray 2
Stanislas Wawrinka 3
Juan Martin del Potro 4
Marin Cilic 8
 
Wawrinka's record against Big Four
Against Djokovic 5-19
Against Murray 7-9
Against Federer 3-18
Against Nadal 3-15
 
Wawrinka's Grand Slam finals record
Played 3
Won 3
2014 Australian Open final
He beat then world number one Rafael Nadal (6-3 6-2 3-6 6-3)
2015 French Open final
He beat then world number one Novak Djokovic (4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4)
2016 US Open final
He beat current world number one Novak Djokovic (6-7, 6-4 7-5 6-3)
* Wawrinka won all three Grand Slam finals against world number one players
* Wawrinka has won his last 11 final matches
 
* 42 of the last 47 Grand Slams have been won by Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray
* Since 2005 Australian Open, only three players - Wawrinka (2014 Australian Open, 2015 French Open and 2016 US Open), Juan Martin del Potro (2009 US Open) and Marin Cilic (2014 US Open) - have managed to break the Big Four's stranglehold
* 31-year-old Wawrinka is the second oldest man to win the US Open after Ken Rosewall who was 35 when he won in 1970
* Before beating Djokovic in Sunday's US Open final, Wawrinka had only one win over a top-10 player this year. And that was against Kei Nishikori at the US Open semifinal on last Friday


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