US Open champ Stan Wawrinka eager for more consistent success

He found them. He found his confidence and his powerful forehand, and Stan the Man turned into Swiss Superman, overcoming the mighty Djokovic to win his first ever U.S. Open title, 6-7 (1, ) 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, and the $3 million first-place prize.

Wawrinka dropped five of the opening seven games of the NY decider before recovering to win in three hours, 54 minutes.

His steely resolve was on full display as he maintained his composure throughout the encounter, eventually triumphing on his second match point. Two of those three titles have been won as Wawrinka battled Novak Djokovic, each of those times from a set down against the powerful Serb.

The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest US Open men's champion since Ken Rosewall won in 1970 at 35 years of age.

In reaching his first US Open final - after semi-final exits in 2013 and 2015 - Wawrinka had saved a match point in a gritty five-set win over unheralded Dan Evans, held off 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in four and rallied for a four-set win over 2014 finalist Kei Nishikori.

"When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with Magnus, I start to cry", he said.

Despite falling short of his 13th grand slam title, Djokovic, who struggled with foot issues during the match, admitted that he was outplayed by Wawrinka on Sunday.

Prior to the final, 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic had a career 19-4 edge over Wawrinka.

Just as he did past year in the French Open final, Stan Wawrinka shocked Novak Djokovic to win a Grand Slam Final, as he won his first US Open title.

"I don't know what's happening right now", he said, clearly exhausted after a slog of a match that lasted just under four hours.

There were early signs of some physical discomfort when Djokovic patted over two smashes at 3-0 down in the third set but again he broke back, converting just his third break point of 14.

After a shaky start to the match, Wawrinka started to find his form late in the first set, and that continued in the second.

Most glaring of all during a 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 loss to Stan Wawrinka on Sunday was this statistic: Djokovic, one of the greatest returners of his, or any, generation, converted only 3 of 17 break chances.

Djokovic, however, admitted that he was outplayed by Wawrinka in the summit clash.

Stan Wawrinka is the first to acknowledge he hasn't always been the most consistent player - or the strongest mentally.

Novak Djokovic enjoyed a charmed life during the first week of the US Open yet still finished the tournament a broken man.

"At this level of professional sport after playing for seven or eight months you aren't very fresh". If you look, yes, I have three grand slams.

"He definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players". I don't want to come to the court and lose a final. He had kept his cool and powered through with incredible mental stamina.

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