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Wawrinka stuns Djokovic in US Open Final

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Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland outgunned World No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, to clinch his first US Open title at Flushing Meadows, New York on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Swiss continued to show that he is a man for the big occasion, winning his third Grand Slam title in as many major final appearances, after he won the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015.

 

Djokovic brought a 19-4 record into the final against Wawrinka, but the Swiss had beaten Djokovic in their most important meeting ever, the final of the French Open in 2015. It was a case of deja vu for the Serb as he went down in another Grand Slam final. It wasn't as if Djokovic didn't create sufficient opportunities either, in fact he had a massive 17 break point opportunities in the match, but will look back at disappointment at the fact that he latched on to only 3 of them.

Wawrinka has now become one of just eight men to win at least three Grand Slam titles without losing a major final. He also becomes one of just five players who have won at least two Slams at the age of 30 or older.

"This is amazing. I came here without expecting to win it, but every time I stepped on the court I was trying to win every match. I think I played quite a lot of tennis these two weeks. I'm completely empty," Wawrinka said after the match on Sunday.

Djokovic only played three complete matches before entering the final. The Serb advanced to the second round with a walkover and won both his third round and the quarterfinal when his opponents were forced to retire with injuries.

Wawrinka's path was quite the opposite. After three-set victories in the first two rounds, he had to suffer through a five-set win over Daniel Evans in the third round, coming back from match-point down to beat the Brit. All of the rest of his matches in the tournament lasted four sets.

The top seed had spent a total of just 8 hours, 58 minutes on court, while Wawrinka had logged 17 hours, 54 minutes of court time.

Wawrinka though appeared in better match shape during the contest, though Djokovic was prepared to battle toe to toe with the Swiss.

Djokovic raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set only to be pegged back by Wawrinka, who started to find the range on his ground strokes after an erratic start. Wawrinka broke back to send the set into a tiebreak, but Djokovic dominated the breaker to take a one set to love lead.

It was the only set that Djokovic would win. Wawrinka went up an early break in the second set, and though Djokovic restored parity, the Serb folded under pressure late in the set. History repeated itself in the third set as Wawrinka pulled ahead in the match on the back of an astounding 46 winners against arguably the best defensive player in men's tennis today.

Djokovic required treatment on his toes early in the fourth set, but having dropped serve there was no way back for the Serb, who will be disappointed at having failed to add to his 12 Grand Slam titles.

"After playing seven, eight months of the season, obviously you're not very fresh. But of course coming into the Grand Slam final you're giving it your best. We both felt the demanding match that we played today, physically," Djokovic said after the match.

"I lost my nerves in the important moments. He kept his cool. I think that's what decided the match. I just didn't capitalise at all on my opportunities. I had plenty of them. It was a terrible conversion of the break points. Just terrible from my side," he added.

Wawrinka said, "Today I was trying to stay with him. I was trying to be tough with myself, trying not to show anything, not to show any pain, not to show any cramps, not to show anything. I was suffering on the court, but I'm happy and proud with what I have achieved today.

"There is no secret. If you want to beat the No. 1 player in the world, you have to give everything. You have to accept to suffer and you have almost to enjoy to suffer. Because I think this Grand Slam was the most painful, physically and mentally that I ever played," he concluded.