World No.1 Novak Djokovic was defeated by Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in the US Open Championships final 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday. This is Wawrinka’s third Grand Slam title and the man has triumphed over the Serbian in all three occasions en route to the trophy – twice in the finals and once in the quarterfinal. Taking into account that this is only his 5th win over Djokovic, Wawrinka is undeniably becoming the man for the big finals.
“This is amazing, for sure, an amazing two weeks,” said Wawrinka. “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.
“That’s why I start to do, and I try to do. It was not only in the tennis side but physically and mentally was really tough, again. Honestly, after the match I was completely empty. I put everything on the court. Not only today but the past two weeks.”
This also brought an end to Djokovic’s record of being undefeated in US Open after pocketing the first set. Wawrinka just continued his 100 percent success rate in major finals with his third Grand Slam win in as many finals.
“I just didn’t capitalize at all on my opportunities,” lamented Djokovic, who went three of 17 on his break point opportunities. “I had plenty of them, break points. It was terrible conversion. Just terrible from my side.
“You know, in the matches like this, if you don’t use the opportunities, the other guy comes and takes it. And that’s what he did. That’s why I said he was more courageous, because he stepped in and played aggressive where I was kind of more waiting for things to happen,” he added.
“If you want to beat the No. 1 player in the world, you have to give everything,” Wawrinka explained. “As I said the other day, you have to accept to suffer and you have almost to enjoy to suffer. Because I think this Grand Slam was the most painful, physically and mentally, that I ever played.”
“I was really nervous,” Wawrinka admitted. “Like never before. I was shaking in the locker room. When we start five minutes before the match talking, last few things with (coach) Magnus (Norman), I start to cry. I was completely shaking.”