Wawrinka: In “Big Three” there cannot be all good players

Tennis player Stan Wawrinka explained that Djokovic suffered losses compared to Federer and Nadal in the “Big Three” group in terms of public support.

“In a movie, you can’t see the three being gentle,” Wawrinka said in an online chat with Novak Djokovic on April 19. “There must be a character against others. Of course, I say it with great respect for all three.”


The topic discussed by Wawrinka and Djokovic was the support of the audience with the “Big Three”. Wawrinka asked how the world number one player coped with the audience’s always on Federer’s side in matches against Djokovic. “Not easy”. Replied Djokovic. “I used to think it was unfair. When I first became a professional, I said I wanted to be number one. People wondered who this guy was and asked to compete with Rafa and Roger. From the beginning I had to face it.”
Djokovic then further analyzes Roger Federer. “He is loved all over the world. To be honest, as long as he plays, I don’t expect the audience to cheer me on every time I encounter Federer. I’m fine because it’s Roger.”

“Same with Rafa,” Djokovic said of his meetings with Rafael Nadal. “Am I doing anything wrong? I think not. I think it is mainly because of the greatness of Roger and Rafa. They They are not only great players, they are also charismatic, kind and humble people, they are great champions and make a great impression in this sport. a part of their era. From another perspective, maybe I’m not very lucky either. “

Wawrinka and Djokovic are predestined opponents, especially in the Grand Slam. Both spent two consecutive years in hot matches in Australia Open 2013, 2014. Djokovic won 17 Grand Slams, Wawrinka only had three. But in all three championships, Wawrinka defeated Djokovic on the way to the title. Swiss tennis player “Nole” in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open 2014, the final of Roland Garros 2015 and the US Open final of 2016.

In an online chat on Instagram, the two also shared about the difficult times in their careers. Wawrinka had two knee surgeries in 2017 and it took a year to recover. Djokovic remembered the defeat of Jurgen Melzer in the quarter-finals of Roland Garros 2010 – where he won the first two sets. “He was there with me. He was not only a coach, but also a brother, a father.” Vajda has been with Djokovic most of the time, since he became a pro.