Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland pulled off a surprise win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic from Serbia in the finals of the 2016 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York to win the third Grand Slam title of his career.
Wawrinka won in four sets, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, on Sunday and bucked the odds against the current top player in the world who was the favorite entering their match-up in this Grand Slam finals.
Wawrinka is now 3 of 3 in majors championship matches, also winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open. Both times Wawrinka ousted Djokovic in those tournaments, the quarterfinals in Australia in five sets, 2–6, 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 9–7 and the finals in France in four sets, 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 6–4.
This was another bad loss for Djokovic, who wanted to get nearer Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam win record of 17. The Serbian stays with 12 major wins after coming up short in the last two Grand Slam tournaments at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships in the third round and this US Open.
The 31-year-old Wawrinka became just one of five players who have won two Grand Slams past the age of 30. He became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall (35) in 1970, as noted by the US Open website.
“This is amazing, for sure, amazing two weeks. I spend so much time on the court. Today I knew it will be a really tough battle again playing the No. 1 player, Novak Djokovic, who always push you to play your best tennis if you want to beat him. It was not only in the tennis side but physically and mentally it was really tough again,” Wawrinka stated in the post-match interview.
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Wawrinka, the World No. 3, has been playing in the past few years, becoming part of the elite players including Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Djokovic.
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