Switzerland’s 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. The 31-year-old hit 46 winners in a brilliant display of shot-making.
He has had to solve the riddle of the elastic Djokovic to win them all. Wawrinka surprised Djokovic in the quarterfinals en route to the 2014 Australian Open title; stunned him in the final to win the 2015 French Open; and has now beaten him in a final at Arthur Ashe Stadium, too.
It was Djokovic’s 21st Grand Slam final in all, second in the history of men’s tennis only to Roger Federer’s 28. And it gave Djokovic the chance to gain more ground in the championship count, too, of course: He could raise his trophy total to 13, which would place him alone in fourth place behind Federer (17), Rafael Nadal (14) and Pete Sampras (14).
The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest US Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970, and entered Sunday having spent almost exactly twice as much time on court as Djokovic during the course of the tournament: about 18 hours versus nine hours.