US Open Day 14: Wawrinka fights back to seal first US Open title against Djokovic

Third seed Stan Wawrinka won his first US Open title as the Swiss man came from a set down to stun world number one Novak Djokovic to clinch his third grand slam.

Defending champion Djokovic started off strongly to win the first set but Wawrinka fought back superbly to deny Djokovic a 13th grand slam title, winning 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to win just a fifth match in 24 outings against the Serbian.

Stan Wawrinka has won in all three grand slam finals he has played in image: wionews.com

Stan Wawrinka has won in all three grand slam finals he has played in
image: wionews.com

Djokovic, who had spent just nine hours on court compared to Wawrinka’s 18 after a walkover and two retirements, started off the stronger of the two men bagging an early break to take a 5-2 lead.

However, he saw that lead slip as the Swiss man began to find form and saved a set point and took Djokovic to a tie-breaker, but the 12-time grand slam champion held firm to cruise to a 7-1 lead to take the opening set.

Wawrinka bossed the second set to level the match up as he broke the Serbian in the third game and then dug deep to saved three break points against him to race into a 4-1 lead.

Third seed Wawrinka whipped a forehand down the line to earn two set points on Djokovic’s serve at 5-3 and clinched the set on the second attempt when Djokovic sent a forehand too long.

The third set was a lot closer with both men exchanging breaks for 5-5 and after holding serve, Wawrinka saw Djokovic hit a forehand wide to hand the 31-year-old another break point and the third set.

The former Australian and French Open champion Wawrinka broke again in the fourth to head into a 3-0 lead and it was obvious that Djokovic was struggling with the 29-year-old needing his trainer on two occasions to treat blisters.

Wawrinka served for his first US Open title at 5-3 and despite failing to convert his first match point but he sealed the deal on his second when Djokovic thumped a backhand long.

After sealing a third grand slam title in three years, the new US Open champion Wawrinka said that he knew he was going to be in for a tough battle against the top seed and was delighted at having bagged a third major title.

“I am happy and proud with what I have achieved today,” said the 31-year-old.

“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. There is no setter. If you want to beat the No. 1 player in the world, you have to give everything.”

More results from the final day of the action at Flushing Meadows can be found at this link.

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