Stan Wawrinka rose to the occasion once again to beat top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 and win the US Open 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 number one a third grand slam title this year following the Serb’s wins in Australia and France.
Wawrinka, who does his best work with titles on the line, set up his championship point with an easy volley after sending a fatigued Djokovic deep into the backhand corner.
A Djokovic backhand that sailed long ended the nearly four-hour slugfest at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“This is amazing,” Wawrinka said at the trophy ceremony. “I came here without the goal to win it, but every time I step on the court I tried my best to win every match.”