LONDON: Stan Wawrinka admits Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have set such high standards that he doesn’t even think about moving above them in the world rankings.
Murray ended Djokovic’s 122-week reign as world number one last weekend and the Scot is determined to outshine the Serb at the ATP Tour Finals next week to ensure he finishes 2016 in pole position.
As the world number three, Wawrinka is the closest rival to the sport’s big two and he arrives at London’s O2 Arena on a high after being crowned US Open champion in September.
But, despite winning a Grand Slam title in each of the last three years, the 31-year-old Swiss star’s points tally of 5,115 is more than doubled by Murray’s 11,185 and Djokovic’s 10,780.
The remarkable consistency of the Murray and Djokovic makes Wawrinka believe is it almost impossible for him to ever become number one.
“I’ve been winning Grand Slams but I’m still really far from number one so that’s why I don’t think about that,” Wawrinka told reporters in London.
“Andy and Novak have more than double the points and are so consistent getting to the final of every event.
“I’m really happy where I am right now. Three Grand Slams in three years was something I never expected.”
Wawrinka was quick to pay tribute to Murray for his surge to the top in the second half of 2016 and he believes the Wimbledon champion is good enough to hold onto the prized place in the long term.
“It’s amazing what’s hes doing right now with his consistency and how he keeps winning,” Wawrinka said.