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Stan Wawrinka says he is not ready to quit tennis yet, although he knows the end of his career is approaching – and a little faster than he would hope.

The former three-time Grand Slam winner suffered a frustrating end to his US Open campaign on Monday as he retired hurt from his first round match against Corentin Moutet.

The 37-year-old was two sets down when he decided to call time on the match with an apparent leg injury. It is the latest blow to a player who is only just back from a year out of the game after surgery, but he insists he is not ready to give up yet.

“Yeah, of course if I talk about myself, I'm getting closer to the end,” Wawrinka admitted to the press after his match. “That's for sure.

Stan Wawrinka knows he is nearing retirement

“I was injured for more than a year. It took me a while to feel much better physically and tennis-wise. I still love the game and want to compete a bit longer before stopping.

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“For me as much as I enjoy and love what I'm doing, I want to keep going a little bit for sure. I will need to have some results too, because you cannot just keep being on tour and losing.

“But I see that I'm playing and feeling better. Even if I'm not winning yet, I know I will be back winning matches soon. That's for sure.

“Yeah, I know that I'm closer to the end. That's for sure. It's a reality. I will never be able to play as well as I did in my career, because I'm getting older, but I believe that I still have some good and big results in me, and that's why I keep gonna fight a little bit.”

Stan Wawrinka is a former US Open champion, with him beating Novak Djokovic in the final to win the 2016 title.

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