Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win US Open. It’s the first US Open title for Wawrinka to go along with other Grand slam titles already to his name, BBC has reported.
Wawrinka dropped the first set in a tie-breaker (1-7) but bounced back to claim the next three sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to become the oldest US Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970.
“This is amazing, I came here without the goal to win it, but every time I step on the court I tried my best to win every match,” Wawrinka said at the trophy ceremony. “I think I played quite a lot of tennis these two weeks, I am completely empty. I had to bring everything I had today against Novak. It was so much emotion.”
Although, the top-seeded Djokovic made a winning start to the match in the second set, the momentum shifted in Wawrinka’s direction. Djokovic committed 14 unforced errors and Wawrinka converted on two of his three break point attempts. By the start of the fourth set, Djokovic seemed to be physically struggling.
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, the report added.
“He was the better player. He was tougher mentally,” said Djokovic after the match. “He knew what to do. And I was just unlucky in some moments. And that’s it.”