Stan. That’s it. I mean really.
He broke down that statistic, if you like. He won the other three tournaments.
It’s that simple to answer your question. Sure, but that was the US Open. But
it’s really Stan who stands out to me. That is the problem with the statistics
overall. It remains that way. I think it just happens to be
that Wimbledon it didn’t happen. I don’t think there’s an obvious
reason why Wimbledon has been protected by the best four since 2002.
I think mind, fitness, tenacity, then talent as well. Put them all together,
it’s hard to crack us four consistently down. If you beat one of us,
you might not beat the next guy. Plus we play all very different.
I don’t know, pick me, Rafa, Novak, how different we
all play for one another. for a player to run through the
three of us is extremely difficult. if you’re ranked lower than us,
that’s who you have to beat maybe on the way to win the tournament.
It just seems pretty rough. It’s better to be No. 1,
yes if I could choose. Because it feels better to be
No. 1 than No. 5. I mean, I’m happy right now in the
situation I find myself in. I’m healthy. I’m happy.
I’m back at Wimbledon. I just won my first round.
The times when I was world No. 1, it felt great. It’s sort of
achieving the impossible, showing up when everybody
feels you’re the favorite, everybody believes that you
should win or have to win. I don’t know, I kind of
enjoyed that part of playing. But then again, it’s secondary
to the love for the game I have, how much I love winning.
Rankings get shoved a little bit aside for me
at this stage of my life.