Wawrinka: Wimbledon can seed me wherever they want
Stanislas Wawrinka has shrugged off the fact he is likely to be seeded as low as sixth at Wimbledon, insisting it doesn't change a thing for him heading into the tournament.
Wawrinka was beaten 6-2 6-4 by Grigor Dimitrov in their Queen's semi-final on Saturday afternoon, with his mind now turning to his preparations for Wimbledon.
Unlike the other three grand slam tournaments where seedings are based on ranking, though, at Wimbledon consideration is also given to players' previous performances at grass-court events
That means Wawrinka, who won his maiden grand slam at the Australian Open and first Masters title in Monte Carlo earlier this year, is set to drop a few places from his No.3 ranking.
"You know, Wimbledon, they do what they want," Wawrinka said. "It's been like that since many years. To change the seeding, we don't have a choice, so for me it's fine
"I knew that with my past two years on grass I didn't have any results, so for sure my ranking will drop a little bit for the seedings. I'm going to be five or six.
"So we'll see. At the end of the day, it doesn't change much. You have to play well. You have to start well the tournament if you want to go far, it's that simple."
Despite missing out on Sunday's final at Queen's Club, Wawrinka admits he is feeling in good form ahead of Wimbledon.
Wawrinka has had plenty of time to get used to playing on the grass, following his first-round exit from the French Open.
"I had a lot of time on the grass, so it's been really good for the preparation for Wimbledon," he added.
"I can still improve, for sure. I have time for Wimbledon to get ready. I need to do more hours on the practice court, more exercise with Magnus [Norman, his coach].
"In general, I feel okay. I'm sure I'm going to be ready for Wimbledon, and I'm sure if I can start well the tournament I will have some chance to do it really well."
Wawrinka and Dimitrov had started out the week as doubles partners, reaching the second round, with the Swiss now predicting "big things" ahead for the man nicknamed 'Baby Fed'.
"Even if he's starting to change a little bit, his game is similar to Roger [Federer]," said Wawrinka. "He has a one‑handed backhand, big forehand, doesn't miss that much. He can serve well. Can mix with his slice and volley well.
"He's been having a great year already. I'm sure he can achieve big things in tennis. We'll see. The problem also is now we still have Novak [Djokovic] and Rafa [Nadal] winning everything, but in a few years you have to see how the ranking will change, who's going to be there, if [Milos] Raonic will be there, Dimitrov will be there, [Kei] Nishikori also. It's going to be interesting to see who's going to take the lead.
"It's a really good generation and they are going to be there for many years. I'm just going to watch and see."
Nick Atkin is an assistant editor at ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter @NickAtkinESPN