In an incredible final, Stanislas Wawrinka beat Novak Djokovic to win the French Open 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 at Roland Garros on Sunday. It is his second Grand Slam title after he won the Australian Open in 2014.
Some 10 years after winning the boys' singles title in Paris, Stanislas Wawrinka beat Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to win the French Open mens title at Roland Garros on Sunday. In an incredible four-set final, the Swiss eighth-seed came from a set down to hand top-ranked Djokovic his first loss on clay of the season, winning his second career Grand Slam title after the Australian Open in 2014 in the process.
Whilst both players were looking to win the French Open for the first time - Djokovic, was chasing a ninth Grand Slam title compared to Wawrinka going for a second - the Serb went into the game as the firm favorite. Djokovic was without defeat on clay this season before the match and the French crowd - which had been warned to behave after whistling players during the tournament - seemed to have picked their winner: breaking out into chants of "Novak, Novak" as he stepped onto the court.
On another hot afternoon in the French capital, the players, who had played out thrilling five-set matches in each of their last four meetings, forced themselves to give everything early on. The ninth point of the match lasted a marathon 40 strokes, ending when Djokovic pushed a backhand long. But the top-ranked Serb put his talents into motion, breaking Wawrinka in the seventh game and holding for 5-3. After saving break point with an ace, Djokovic clinched the first set when Wawrinka hit a forehand long.
Wawrinka turns the match around
The home crowd were jeering soon after, though, as Wawrinka leveled the match at one set all. Djokovic, who had already saved four break points in the set, looked in control of the 10th game when he led 30-0. But Wawrinka had found his groove and, after a long rally, Djokovic hit a backhand long to lose his serve, and the set in just under an hour.
Wawrinka was bouncing across the court full of energy, and put it to use in the third set, breaking Djokovic in the sixth game to lead 4-2. The Swiss number two then saved a break point of his own to make it 5-2 - showing a calm persona as he strolled to his bench. Wawrinka served out for 6-3, hitting a backhand winner around the outside of the net along the way, completing the turn around to lead by a set.
A set to remember
Both players were playing world-class tennis, which showed in an outstanding fourth set. Djokovic broke his Swiss opponent early to lead the 2-0, but Wawrinka would not let his position slip and after a stunning 30-shot rally, he broke back and then served out to level at 3-3.
Djokovic saved two break points on his own serve, before Wawrinka clawed back from 0-40 on his and then broke with a stunning forehand winner to serve for the match. Wawrinka survived a break point in deuce and clinched his second Grand Slam title with his second Championship point. The win sees Wawrinka rise to number four in the world rankings.
"It is really hard to believe what has just happened," said Wawrinka on court after the final. "It was the match of my life. But bravo to Novak, it's a great challenge, the biggest to play him. It's a special moment for me."
Elswhere on the final day at Roland Garros, under 24 hours after losing to Serena Williams in the women's single's final, Lucie Safarova from the Czech Republic teamed up with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands to clinch the ladies doubles title with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova on Sunday.