Sunday, September 11, 2016

Stan Wawrinka Defeats Novak Djokovic to Win Third Major Title

I said going into the U.S. Open that Novak Djokovic did not appear to be on track to winning. Not only is the fourth major of the year his equivalent of Andy Murray at the Australian Open, having lost early at Wimbledon and the Olympics meant he just hadn't played enough tennis to be a sure thing. I sure was right. For the third time in the past three years, Stan Wawrinka accomplished the toughest task in men's tennis: beating Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam tournament. The latest victory came in the Swiss's first U.S. Open final, with Wawrinka overcoming a slow start and some injury-time-out hijinks from the Serb to come out on top, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3. Wawrinka had previously knocked Djokovic out in the quarterfinals en route to the 2014 Australian Open title in addition to denying him the 2015 French Open. Some impressive stuff from a guy who is the age (31) most players are beginning to slow down! 

Stan is the oldest U.S. Open winner since Ken Rosewall in 1970.

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