Wawrinka enforces underdog status

Stan Wawrinka has attempted to heap pressure on Andy Murray ahead of their Roland Garros semi-final by insisting the Brit should be big favourite for the encounter.

World number four Wawrinka beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-1 7-6 (9-7) to set up the final-four clash with Murray, who saw off Richard Gasquet in four sets.

Wawrinka has an exceptional record against Murray on clay, having never so much as dropped a set against the world number two, but the reigning champion has suggested he is in a class below his opponent.

“I think he is well ahead of me. Now that I’ve won a second Grand Slam people say I’m closer to him because I have won two and he’s won two as well,” the Swiss, who also won the Australian Open in 2014, told reporters.

“But if you were to compare our two careers he’s well ahead of me given all the titles, the finals, No 2 in the world, and he has so many Masters 1000, as well.

“Therefore, as I keep on repeating, he’s in the ‘Big Four’ [with Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal]. There is a reason for this. Maybe he has fewer titles than the other three, but he’s always been with them during the semis, the finals. His career is very, very impressive.”

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