Wawrinka beats Djokovic in four sets to win US Open

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Third seed Stan Wawrinka (above) rose to the oc­ca­sion once again to beat top-seeded de­fend­ing cham­pion No­vak Djokovic 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3 and win the US Open on Sun­day for the third Grand Slam ti­tle of his ca­reer. The 31-year-old Swiss, who de­feated Djokovic on his way to win­ning the 2014 Aus­tralian Open and 2015 French Open, de­nied the world No. 1 a third grand slam ti­tle this year fol­low­ing the Ser­bian's wins in Aus­tralia and France. Wawrinka trailed Djokovic 19-4 in their ca­reer head-to-head, but the hard-work­ing Wawrinka saved his best for the big matches, and he came through again with a su­perla­tive per­for­mance to win his 11th tour fi­nal in a row. The Swiss was bet­ter on the most im­por­tant points of the nearly four-hour fi­nal that fea­tured long ral­lies and bril­liant shot-mak­ing from both play­ers. Wawrinka cashed in on six of 10 break point op­por­tu­ni­ties against Djokovic and frus­trated him by sav­ing 14 of 17 break points. The vic­tory was worth $3.5 mil­lion for Wawrinka, who is only miss­ing a Wim­ble­don tro­phy to com­plete the cov­eted ca­reer Grand Slam.

SU­SAN MULLANE / REUTERS

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