Even the great may fall. That’s what Stan Wawrinka proved on Sunday, after he stunned Novak Djokovic in the US Open 2016 final. The Swiss star upset the world number one and won his first US Open trophy
Winning the US Open 2016 final handed Stan Wawrinka his third Grand Slam title. He had previously won the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015. He now only has Wimbledon left to conquer.
Wawrinka did not have an easy road to the title. His final hurdle was no less than top seed Novak Djokovic. The Serb was the favorite to win the match, but Wawrinka emerged victorious after four sets 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.
Djokovic looked on track to defend his title, as he looked sharper in the first set. However, Wawrinka kept the pressure on his opponent. After losing a tie break in the first, Wawrinka started to dominate in the next two sets. Djokovic needed to battle early break points to keep himself in the match. In the final set, it became clear that Djokovic is struggling with some pain in his right foot. He required treatment on two occasions, due to a blister on his big toe.
At 3-0 down in the fourth set, Djokovic also called for some ice. He had been stretching and clutching his thigh, and was clearly in physical distress. According to match statistics shared by BBC Sports, The Swiss star shot 43 winners on his way to the title. At 31 years old, he has become the second oldest winner of the US Open behind 1970 champion Ken Rosewall who won at 35.
Djokovic was gracious in his loss and acknowledged that the better player won the tournament. “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,” he said.