'The Perfect Player': Wawrinka Compares Djokovic, Federer And Nadal's Styles

'The Perfect Player': Wawrinka Compares Djokovic, Federer And Nadal's Styles

by Jordan Reynolds

Stan Wawrinka has much experience of playing against the legendary trio of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, and he has spoken about their differing playing styles.

Wawrinka is in action this week at the ATP 250 event in Buenos Aires. He won his opening-round at the clay court tournament by coming back impressively to beat home favourite Pedro Cachin 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.

This is the first time time that the Swiss legend has played the Argentina Open since reaching the final back in 2013. Wawrinka is also confirmed to be playing at the clay event in Gstaad in July, and seems to be targeting those tournaments on the dirt.

The three-time Grand Slam champion also created some off-court attention at the Australian Open. This was due to Wawrinka launching his own line of clothing in Melbourne, which he wore during his opening round loss to Adrian Mannarino.

Wawrinka generated more headlines for his recent comments comparing Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal, when talking to the Argentinian sports publication Ole.

"I think they have a different style of play.  You have Rafa who is left-handed, very hard, very physical. It's hard physically and mentally to play against him. Roger is a faster player, who makes you feel uncomfortable on the court, and Novak is the perfect player, because of the way he played."

Wawrinka picking Djokovic as the perfect player will certainly spark debate among the very passionate fanbases of Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal. However, he also made it clear that it was special to compete against any one of those legendary players.

"I had the chance to beat them several times, but I lost many times against all three of them. But for me, it was always an opportunity to play against the best players in the history of tennis. Even if I lost to them, it was always a challenge. It's always something special to play against those players."


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