US OPEN: Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win his first US Open and third Grand Slam title.
Wawrinka, seeded third, won 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to add the US title to those he had already won in Australia and France over the last two years.
Serbia’s Djokovic made a strong start but struggled physically as the final entered a fourth hour in New York.
US Open champion Stan Wawrinka speaks on court: “I don’t know what’s happening right now. I played almost four hours. First I must say about Novak. You’re a great champion, a great person, because of you I’m where I am today. I’d like to congratulate you on everything you have done.
“This is amazing. I came here without the gal of winning it but stepped on the court trying to win the match. I played a lot of tennis, I cam completely empty. There was so much emotion with the crowd, the atmosphere, the stadium, it’s been an amazing night.
“My goal is to give everything I have to be the best I can. I never had a goal to win a Grand Slam but I am trying as best I can. Match after match I was playing better. One last thing, today has been a big battle on the court but there is a bigger thing so I just want to remember what happened 15 years ago.”
Novak Djokovic is asked what he told Stan Wawrinka at the net and the coy Serb adds: “I cannot tell you that. It was a friendly chat.”
The world number one adds: “Congratulations, Stan, to your team as well. This has been absolutely deserved today. You were more courageous player in the decisive moment and he deserves his title.
“At this level, after playing seven, eight months of the season, obviously you’re not very fresh but coming into the Grand Slam final you are giving it your best. We both felt it. We both felt the demanding match that we played today, but he came on top, he was the better player, tougher mentally.
“It was a fantastic couple of weeks for me. I didn’t know if I was going to come a few weeks before because I struggled physically. If someone had told me I was going to play in the final I would definitely have accepted it.”