Wawrinka: ‘Big four’ still out of reach

Stan Wawrinka insists he still has a long way to go before he can consider himself on the same level as the "big four".

Wawrinka claimed his third grand slam title after beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open on Sunday. The Swiss star's other grand slam titles came at the the Australian Open in 2014 and Roland Garros in 2015.

Speaking after the final, Djokovic claimed the world number three now "deserves" to be considered in the bracket of players including himself, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Andy Murray.

Wawrinka is now level on grand slam victories with Murray, although the pair are well behind Djokovic's 12, Nadal's 14, and Federer's record 17.

Murray, meanwhile, also has the upper hand in terms of career titles, having won 39 to Wawrinka's 15, while the Scot leads him 11-3 on major finals reached.

"The big four, I'm really far from them," Wawrinka said. "Just look at the tournaments they won, how many years they have been there.

"If you look, yes, I have three grand slams. How many Masters 1000 wins has Murray? They have been there since ten years.

"They have not only been winning, but being in semi-final, 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. But I'm trying the best I can with my career. I'm really, really happy with what I'm doing so far.

"I'm proud of myself by winning three grand slams. This is something I never expect and dream about it but I have them and I'm happy to take the trophy back home."

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