A conquest carved out of the pure effort. Stan Wawrinka was proclaimed champion of the US Open to raise in New York his third title of Grand Slam. The Lausanne, who have won the last 11 finals he played, came (6-7 6-4 7-5 6-3) a high-intensity match to the current champion and number 1 of the Emirates ATP Rankings Novak Djokovic, marking the territory In Flushing Meadows and sinking its figure in the history of the sport. Its collection of greats, joining the victory in the United States to the worked in Melbourne 2014 and Paris 2015, grew to double its weight in the circuit.
Equality was a constant in the match, where the first three partial saw the player who started below in the score to recover a break and establish the balance.
His labor toward victory required supreme wear and tear from beginning to end. The first set served as a transparent example: he overturned an early advantage of the Balkan (0-3 moved to 3-3), resisted in a limit situation (saving a ball for 5-1) and reached a tiebreak after having the water Neck (saving two set points with 5-3 on the scoreboard). The safety at the service of the Balkan, who won 89% of the points played with the first stroke, gave him the victory in the tiebreaker.
If in four of his last five Grand Slam clashes the player who lost the first set ended up winning the game, Wawrinka made a faith effort to turn the score. The Swiss lifted his role to the service (went from playing 47% to 69% of points won on the first serve) and took control. His first bite to part (3-1) and the resistance to stay ahead (he saved three break balls in the fifth game to place the 4-1) placed him at the doors of equality. Despite the reaction of Djokovic, who managed to recover the disadvantage (4-4), Wawrinka would end up winning the rest in the second set.
Unable to take four breakout options in the first two service shifts, Djokovic immediately found himself struggling against the ropes in the third set. Nevertheless, and as it happened in the second sleeve, the world number 1 reacted (of the 0-3 it happened to 3-3). In a partial of long exchanges, Wawrinka sharpened his role to the rest to make differences. The Lausanne won more than half of the points on the second serve of Djokovic (eight of the 15 points played) and took advantage of the two options of breaks generated to return to win the set since the return.
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Already with advantage in the marker, the definitive acceleration of Stan took shape. His temperature had a name to place the 3-0: authority in the service (barely lost a point in his two first serve shifts) and to the rest (taking advantage of the first set break ball). On the way to the third hour of the match, physical wear and tear caused Djokovic to request the attention of the physiotherapist on his right foot with 3-1 on the scoreboard. The Serbian, who had three unused balls of the break to have restored equality in the fifth together, saw Wawrinka take the road to victory in a straight line.
The Lausanne, who added his second victory in a Serbian number 1 Grand Slam final, improved (5-19) his balance at the FedEx ATP Head2Head against Djokovic, who has beaten three of his last four major’s classes. With the win at Flushing Meadows, plus victories in the final of Roland Garros 2015 and the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2014, the Swiss continued to turn the authority on the rivalry.
Thus, after placing his hands in the cup of New York, the Swiss was placed as three Grand Slam champion in the Open Era, matching the feats of Jan Kodes, Arthur Ashe, Gustavo Kuerten and Andy Murray.
The win in New York also allows Stan Wawrinka to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals to be held in London from 13 to 20 November.