For the third year in a row, Stan Wawrinka has a major championship.
The 31-year-old upset defending champion Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final Sunday, 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, in New York.
There was a bit of minor controversy for Djokovic, who appeared to be suffering from a cramp at the beginning of the fourth set. Djokovic later called for a medical break — to which Wawrinka objected — that officials allowed, and he told the media after the match that his toenail had come off and was bleeding, per USA TODAY Sports. The break lasted approximately six minutes.
Still, it wasn’t enough for Djokovic to climb out of the hole he’d fallen into, and he eventually lost to Wawrinka.
“We know each other for many, many years,” Wawrinka said on the court after the match, speaking to Djokovic, per USA TODAY. “Because of you, I am the player I am today.
“This is honestly amazing. I came here without expecting, without having the goal to win the match. I have played quite a bit of tennis these two weeks; I’m pretty empty. There was so much emotion. This is something that I never had before.”
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