Swiss Wawrinka taking solace in 'failing better'
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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The recall of a crushing loss might not have the same attraction as the memory of an inspired victory for most top tennis players, but world number eight Stanislas Wawrinka wears failure as a badge of honor stamped permanently on his arm. The 28-year-old Swiss, one of a number of dark horses hoping to shake up the establishment at next week's Australian Open, has a quote from literary giant Samuel Beckett inked on his left forearm which reads: "Ever tried. Fail Better." Irishman Beckett, an absurdist writer renowned for his bleak observation of human nature, might seem an unusual motivator for a sportsman, but the quote aptly describes the noble, fruitless struggle that Wawrinka and his colleagues wage year after year trying to stop the same names winning the grand slams. Since Russia's Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open, 34 of the 35 major trophies have been raffled between Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, with Argent
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