Stan Wawrinka gives telling Novak Djokovic verdict as he answers GOAT question

Ewan West
Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic
Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic

Stan Wawrinka has named Novak Djokovic as the greatest tennis player of all time because the legendary Serbian is “ahead of everyone else in all statistics.”

The three-time Grand Slam champion also declared he is “very proud” of everything he achieved as he knows how hard it was to win with all of the ‘Big Three’ in tournament draws.

Wawrinka was one of two players — along with Andy Murray — besides Federer, Nadal and Djokovic to secure multiple major titles during the era dominated by the three icons. The Swiss won the Australian Open in 2014, the French Open in 2015 and the US Open in 2016.

The 38-year-old, a former world No 3, holds the following records against the Big Three: 6-21 against Djokovic; 3-19 against Nadal; 3-23 against Federer.

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In an interview with Marca, Wawrinka was asked if his three Grand Slam titles carry more value because he won them in the era of the ‘Big Four.’

“I’m not the one to say if it should be given more value, but I know how hard it was to win with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in the draws. I am very proud of everything I achieved,” he said.

I am happy to have been able to play against the best in history. Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have been the best tennis players ever seen. It was a challenge to face them as well as a satisfaction.”

The 16-time ATP title winner also addressed if he ever believed he could win Wimbledon to complete a ‘career Grand Slam.’

I was always very far from being able to win at Wimbledon. My best result there was a quarter-final. It’s also true that I never thought I would win at Roland Garros, Australia and the US Open,” Wawrinka reflected.

Wawrinka was also asked whether the debate over who is the tennis ‘GOAT’ between Djokovic, Nadal and Federer is now over given Djokovic’s achievements.

The Swiss simply replied: “Djokovic is ahead of everyone else in all statistics.”

In a recent interview with Ole, Wawrinka said of Djokovic: “Novak is the perfect player, because of the way he played.”

Wawrinka, the current world No 67, fell to a 5-7, 4-6 defeat to Facundo Diaz Acosta in the opening round of the ATP 500 tournament in Rio on Tuesday.

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