Sunday 19 November 2017

Wawrinka wears down Djokovic

Stan Wawrinka ground Novak Djokovic into submission in last night's US Open final to claim the third Grand Slam title of his career.

The 31-year-old Swiss became the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall in 1970 when he eventually prevailed 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 against the 12-time Major winner, who was forced to call a medical timeout twice in the fourth set as his body seized up under the physical pressure.

It appeared the Serb (pictured) was coming into the final fresh after being gifted a second-round walkover and two retirements along the way, but Djokovic looked under-cooked and was left physically struggling as the game entered the fourth set and fourth hour.

It had all started to plan for Djokovic after winning a first-set tiebreak 7-1, but the Swiss raised up the pressure. The strain Djokovic was under was clear to see as he lost his serve to lose both the second and third sets and put Wawrinka in control in a big-hitting final.

Djokovic battled the third seed and his broken body to stay in the game but, despite some nervous moments, it was just a matter of time for Wawrinka.

Irish Independent

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