US Open 2016: Stan Wawrinka Stuns Novak Djokovic To Win Final

September 12, 2016

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win his first US Open and third Grand Slam title.

Wawrinka, seeded third, won 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to add the US title to those he had already won in Australia and France over the last two years.

The 31-year-old hit 46 winners in a brilliant display of shot-making.

Serbia's Djokovic made a strong start but struggled physically as the final entered a fourth hour in New York.

Wawrinka has now won all three Grand Slam finals he has played and his last 11 finals in a row, while on Sunday he became the oldest winner of the US Open since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970.

"My goal is to give everything I have to be the best I can," said Wawrinka, who saved a match point in the third round against Britain's Dan Evans.

"I never had a goal to win a Grand Slam but I am trying as best I can. Match after match I was playing better."

Djokovic, 29, was the defending champion and trying to win his third Grand Slam title of 2016 and 13th of his career

He required treatment for a blister on his big toe in the final set, prompting complaints to the umpire and tournament referee from Wawrinka as the interruption came before his service game.

"Stan, sorry! I can't stand," Djokovic shouted across to him during the break.

After the match, Djokovic said: "Congratulations, Stan, to your team as well. This has been absolutely deserved today. You were more courageous player in the decisive moment and he deserves his title."

(BBC)



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