Stan Wawrinka is in good shape. Without a doubt, the best player in the world is Novak Djokovic.

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Stan Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, said Rafael Nadal should never be underestimated on clay despite the fact that he believes Novak Djokovic is “the finest player in the world” when he is healthy and fit. Djokovic, 35, has had an incredible start to the year, winning his first 12 wins and the Adelaide International and Australian Open back-to-back.

Wawrinka was questioned about prospective Djokovic rivals in 2023 while he was a guest on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast. “I won’t be there since I will be a far way from there. Without a doubt, Novak is the best player in the world when he is on the court, prepared physically and emotionally, and playing.

We should, in my opinion, exercise caution while using Rafa on clay. It will be intriguing to see what transpires at the French Open. I believe there are many players. Medvedev is present; he never leaves. There is Tsitsipas, a phenomenal athlete, “According to Sportskeeda, Wawrinka stated on the ATP Tennis Radio Podcast.

Wawrinka has “always loved” taking on Djokovic.

Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in two of his three Grand Slam final victories. Wawrinka gave one of his best performances ever in the 2015 French Open final, shocking Djokovic.

Wawrinka defeated Djokovic in the US Open final the following year. Wawrinka recently confessed that he always enjoyed competing against Djokovic when he was in top form. “I’ve actually always appreciated portraying him at his best. Fortunately or unfortunately, these pleasant recollections occurred a very long time ago “explained Wawrinka.

Wawrinka and Djokovic have faced off 26 times in the meanwhile. The 22-time Grand Slam victor Djokovic is 20-6 all-time against Wawrinka. Wawrinka and Djokovic competed in 2018 for the first time since 2019.

Djokovic defeated Wawrinka in Rome last year, 6-2, 6-2. It is uncertain whether Wawrinka, 37, will face Djokovic once more.