Stan Wawrinka Stuns Djokovic to Win US Open

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Third seed Stan Wawrinka has won the US Open men’s singles title, upsetting world No.1 Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 in the final. He celebrated it by repeatedly using what’s become his trademark gesture: pointing an index finger to his temple.

The 31-year-old Swiss, who defeated Djokovic on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, denied the Serb a third grand slam title this year following his wins in Australia and France.

A look at the stats and the one that stands out is the number of winners which divided our finalists.

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Stan Wawrinka hit 46 winners – many of them fro his powerful backhand while Novak Djokovic managed just 30.

In the fourth set Djokovic began to pain on his face, and finally took a slightly-controversial medical timeout after winning the fourth game. A trainer came out and attended to Djokovic’s toe, which did not make Wawrinka very happy.

Wawrinka maintained his composure, however, winning the fourth and final set to take home his third career Grand Slam title.

Wawrinka trailed Djokovic 19-4 in their career head-to-head, but the resurging Swiss does much better in  the big matches and he came through again with a superlative performance to win his 11th tour final in a row.

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Wawrinka, though, nearly was out of Flushing Meadows last weekend. In the third round against 64th-ranked Dan Evans, Wawrinka faced a match point in a fourth-set tiebreaker, saved it, and wound up winning in the fifth.

“This is amazing,” Wawrinka said after the match. “I came here without expecting to win it, but every time I stepped on the court I was trying to win every match. I think I played quite a lot of tennis these two weeks. I’m completely empty.”