World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic suffered a defeat at the hands of third seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the US open final. An incident that happened in the fourth set with Wawrinka looking to seize the match turned out to be a little controversial or it is being made one, slightly overshadowing his victory. Djokovic called for a long break when his opponent was leading 3-1 with two sets to one up.
With the charge on, the Swiss player was keen on continuing the momentum to close out the match but had to wait for about six minutes before Djokovic can get back to the game from the medical time-out.
To add some late drama, Djokovic took a six-minute break when Wawrinka was 3-1 ahead in the 4th set. Wawrinka was unhappy over the delay at that time but expressed the right spirit when asked to comment on the incident.
“If your opponent is struggling, if he has blood coming out, you have to stop,” Wawrinka said. “So when the umpire and the referee came to me saying, It’s like that. It’s just happening. We have to stop for him because there is blood coming out. We have to make sure he’s going to be okay.
“For me I was fine. I just have to focus on my body and make sure that I was going to be ready for the first point we play after that,” he added.
Djokovic was receiving assistance on his toe from his trainer at the sidelines. The player was seen struggling to move comfortably on the court after the second game of the fourth set but the long delay suddenly following the service game drop made him a target of critics. Some followers of the game pointed fingers at Djokovic of just trying to loosen the focus of Wawrinka and killing the momentum.
so Djokovic gets the trainer for something he’s not supposed to get a trainer for, AND he’s getting one not even during a changeover?
— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) September 11, 2016
“Stan, sorry man,” said Djokovic to Wawrinka courtside. “I couldn’t stand, sorry,” came the reply during the delay. It is reported that Wawrinka was seen complaining to the chair umpire for allowing the break before the change of ends.
To add more fuel to this, Djokovic took another break as Wawrinka was one game away from the title. At 5-2, there was another time-out. The world No.1 held his serve following the break and Wawrinka completed the match by serving out.
Djokovic not 100% match fit
The 29-year-old took a medical timeout in the semifinal as well and is not 100% coming into the competition from his own words. Since the breakdown just happened in the fourth set when he was down 3-0, there are some eyebrows raised and arguments flowing in, it appears.
“After playing seven, eight months of the season, obviously you’re not very fresh,” Djokovic said after the match. “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.”
“Life is a big lesson, it’s a big book. We keep writing the stories and there is another story to be written. I wish that it was a bit different, but again, I think we learn much more from the losses like this than we do from wins.
“The way I see things is that whether or not you win or lose, at the end of the day you have to be very respectful towards the opponent, towards the sport, towards the occasion, to those people who come to see you,” he added.
“It’s never easy to lose Grand Slam finals, big matches, playing four hours. Of course everybody wants to be victorious, but at the end of the day, sometimes you win, you lose, and you’ve got to accept it and let it go. From a larger perspective, I’ll take it because I was really in doubt whether or not I was going to come here up to really the last day.
“I struggled the first couple of days with practice and the first match and so forth, and then to get the finals, I mean, it’s a big result. I’ve set up a high standard for myself with the great results I have had in the last couple of years. I’m really successful and I’m grateful for that.