Wawrinka plays down French chances

Stanislas Wawrinka (10/1 – 2014 French Open Outright) insists that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic remain favourites to claim the title at the French Open despite his own recent upturn in form.

Wawrinka has enjoyed one of the best years of his professional career, collecting his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January and winning his first Masters title.

However, the Swiss star insists that he is not among the favourites as he prepares to take to the court in Paris, with the tournament getting under way on Sunday.

The 29-year-old shocked many when he beat both Nadal and Djokovic on his way to claiming the crown in Melbourne and big things are expected of him on his favoured clay surface.

He has long lived in the shadows of fellow countryman Roger Federer (20/1 – 2014 French Open Outright) but he was able to find a way past the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

Early exits from Rome and Madrid due to a back injury have hindered his progress but Wawrinka insists he is back to full fitness for Roland Garros.

Wawrinka said: “The favourites, there is Nadal and Djokovic. They are far above the rest.

“You can tell me what you want. It’s always going to be the case. When they’re on the courts, nobody else can beat them.

“I’ll be with Rog (Federer) just afterwards, just after them. I’m one of the favourites, but I wouldn’t said I’m the top favourite. I’m so far from Nadal, so far from Djokovic.”

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