The Swiss tennis player is third and has respectively 4.000 and 6.000 points less than Djokovic and Murray, but we know that when you have to defend so many points your rankings can quickly drop. At the same time it's obvious that Wawrinka was not consistent as top players in his career and that's why, interviewed by RTS Sport, he said that the first position in the ATP Rankings is something 'far away' for him. 'First of all I should do the double than last year, so winning two Grand Slam and some Masters 1000 titles. At the moment I am far away from doing it, I don't think that that day will come.'
Asked if he sees himself as a hero, Wawrinka replied: 'I don't know. For me athletes are not heroes. Of course I did important things in my career but we are speaking about the sport. I didn't change the World, so for me the hero is another thing.'
In March he will turn 32, which means he is in the final stage of his career. 'It's clear that I am at the end. I won three Grand Slam titles since I was 29. Mentally I still fell young, and so I think I can play at a high level.'
He finally spoke about his physical condition: 'My knee is doing better', said Wawrinka, who will comeback to compete in Dubai after the withdrawal in Rotterdam. 'Years and age influence your body, but I feel and think to do some good things if I practice well.'