Roger Federer safe at the top, Novak Djokovic not a worthy challenger
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Sep 13, 2016,
Sep 13, 2016, 16:18
Djokovic, who was bothered by fitness issues coming into the tournament, looked uncomfortable during the final set before losing 6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3 to the No. 3 seed.
Garcia and Mladenovic had not dropped a set in the tournament until the final, eliminating each of the women who won last year's U.S. Open and now with new partners - beating Martina Hingis in the semifinals, and Sania Mirza in the quarterfinals. Backhand, you know, great chip, great slice.
"This is fantastic, for sure, awesome two weeks", Wawrinka said.
"My goal is to give everything I have to be the best I can". "Today 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. This is something I never expect and dream about".
Nili's decision angered Wawrinka, whose momentum in the match was at stake, but the world number three insists he only wanted clarification of the regulations. Sometimes if he feels right he doesn't miss much and makes a lot of winners and it's hard to play him.
At 31 years and five months, Wawrinka is the first player 30 and over to win the U.S. Open since Pete Sampras at 31 years and 27 days in 2002. They swapped games until Wawrinka broke Djokovic once again to take the third set in an hour and 16 minutes to take control of a high-drama affair befitting of a major final.
An emotional Wawrinka said after the match that he put everything into the tournament.
Djokovic acknowledged that he became too passive at pivotal segments of the match against No. 3 Wawrinka, who collected the third major trophy of his career and first at Flushing Meadows. I had plenty of them, break points.
The final question was about his controversial medical time-out when he was down 3-1 in the fourth set with Wawrinka set to serve.
Djokovic then called for another medical timeout to have the toe treated and wrapped.
Wawrinka complained to the chair umpire about the 6-minute break, and Djokovic looked over and apologized.
The two-time major champ won the second set 6-4 after Djokovic won the first in a tiebreaker.
He would not win the title on his first match point, but would do so, on his second, when Djokovic sent a groundstroke long. Wawrinka then climbed into the crowd to hug his coach, Magnus Norman, and the rest of his team. He has a 10-0 record in finals since 2014. He had been 4-9 in finals from 2005 to 2013.
And he did it against Djokovic, whose French Open title in June completed a career grand slam and made him only the third man - and first in almost a half-century - to win four consecutive major tournaments.
The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men's champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970, and entered Sunday having spent nearly exactly twice as much time on the court as Djokovic during the course of the tournament: about 18 hours vs. about nine hours.
After considering skipping the U.S. Open because of injury concerns, Novak Djokovic made it all the way to the final for the sixth time in the past seven years. Wawrinka won the first three games of the set, but Djokovic bounced back with three straight of his own to tie it at 3-3.