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Wawrinka: I can compete with the very best

ESPN staff
December 9, 2013
Stanislas Wawrinka reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings © Getty Images

Stanislas Wawrinka believes his displays in 2013 have shown he can compete with the top players at the biggest tournaments in the world.

The Swiss, who has long lived in the shadow of his compatriot Roger Federer, reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings this year, and qualified for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena for the first time.

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Wawrinka reached the semi-finals of a grand slam for the first time as well, when he took Novak Djokovic to five sets at the US Open, and reached the last four at the O2. He also ran Djokovic close at the Australian Open, losing 12-10 in a final set in five hours.

And the 28-year-old has reflected on the season as a significant step forward in his career.

"I've been discussing a lot with my coach Magnus Norman this year. This year my confidence grew and I played well in big matches and performed very well against top 10 opponents," Wawrinka said, who registered nine wins against players in the top 10, compared to just two in 2012.

"It all comes step by step and in New York and London I showed that I can do well against the very best on a big stage.

"The semi-final in New York, what a big success and I'm happy that I made my first appearance in a grand slam semi-final," he added.

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