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Return of the King-Wawrinka hungry for one last push with his swansong

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The story of Stanislas Wawrinka has been one of the heartbreaks, the one of being overshadowed, the one of reaching the threshold of greatness but not claiming the throne.

In the era of big three-the gods, Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray were the quintessential underdogs-the ones who tried to expand the big three to a big five, the mere mortals who took up arms against literal gods and more often than not going toe to toe with their adversaries. And make no mistake, as much as the soon to be ending era in tennis is of the big three, it is also of the next 2-Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray.

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Now at 35 and at the fag end of his illustrious career,Stanislas Wawrinka is looking for one final flourish ,while also reminiscing about his golden days on the court.

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Wawrinka and Federer-A rivalry, a bromance-

Stan Wawrinka was speaking to the French magazine ‘Paris Match Suisse,’ and spoke in length about his most significant victories as well as his friendship with Roger Federer.

“It’s impossible to get one out. My first title at Umag in Croatia in 2006 was very important,” Stan Wawrinka responded about his most significant victories.

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Winning the Davis Cup for Switzerland after having played it for twelve years was fabulous, as the Olympic gold medal with Roger Federer in Beijing, especially since it was my first Olympics,” Wawrinka added. “Without forgetting of course, on a more personal note, my three Grand Slam victories,” he concluded.

Despite having a career that most tennis players would die for, Stan has always found himself in the shadow of Roger Federer against whom he has just 3 victories in 26 encounters.

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How to be jealous of one of the greatest sportsmen of all time?Wawrinka asked rhetorically on the question of jealousy with his more illustrious counterpart. “When I got to the circuit, Roger Federer was already at the top. I had the chance to meet him, to win titles with him. It’s a huge chance to have been part of the same generation as Roger Federer.”

A final flourish-

Stan Wawrinka, now ranked number 18 in the world will begin his year in the Australian open and will also be targeting the Tokyo Olympics in what may well be his last season on the tour.

Also in the fray would be the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, along with the returning Andy Murray, with Federer having earlier withdrawn due to his still lingering knee injury issues.

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