Wawrinka leads points race, but not focusing on No. 1

by: Kamakshi Tandon April 22, 2014

AP

Stanislas Wawrinka is the new ATP points race leader after his victory in Monte Carlo, having earned 3,535 points this year compared to 3,050 points for second-placed Novak Djokovic. Wawrinka won the Australian Open as well, defeating Rafael Nadal for the title.

However, Wawrinka is more than twice the amount of points behind Nadal in the world rankings, and says that reaching No. 1 is not his goal.

"The No. 1 this year last won two Grand Slams and five Masters 1000s in a year. You have to win almost every tournament you play to be No. 1," he said. "So when I will play Rome or Madrid, I'll think about trying to go as far as I can in the tournament and nothing else."

The world No. 3 also shrugged off talk of a title run at the French Open, saying, "I play well on clay. It's normal that I would be a favorite for the French Open, but I don't think so because I'm very far from players like Rafa, Novak, and Roger.

"I just think the big four will always be the big four: Rafa, Novak, Roger, and Murray. They won all the tournaments since many years and you cannot change that."

But, Wawrinka added, "When I go into a match against them, I always think I can beat them. I'm on the court to win. Now I'm more consistent and I have better results, but I still can't compare myself with Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic."

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