Wawrinka Snatches Maiden French Open Title from Djokovic

Stanislas Wawrinka came back from a set down to claim his first French Open title at the expense of Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

The Swiss put up a stunning display to seal a 6-4 4-6 3-6 4-6 comeback win and thwart the world No. 1’s bid for a career Grand Slam at the Philippe Chatrier.

Three-time Roland Garros champion, Gustavo Kuerten, presented La Coupe des Mousquetaires to Wawrinka.

Wawrinka struck 59 winners, twice as much as Djokovic, en route to becoming only the second Swiss to clinch the clay-court Grand Slam after Roger Federer (2009). He will return to the Top 4 when the ATP rankings are released on Monday.

The eighth seed was already trailing a break down when he rallied from 0-40 down in the eighth game of the fourth set. He then fashioned a backhand winner to break Djokovic and closed out the contest on his own serve, saving his 15th break point before finishing with another powerful backhand.

Stanislas Wawrinka Wins Maiden French Open Title. Image: Getty.
Stanislas Wawrinka Wins Maiden French Open Title. Image: Getty.

The defeat- Djokovic’s third of the season- ended his 28-game winning streak and extends his long wait for a French Open title. The eight-time major winner last suffered defeat at the hands of another Swiss Roger Federer.

The 30-year-old has now won his second Grand Slam title, adding to his previous successs at the Australian Open in 2013. He is the first former junior champion to lift the men’s singles trophy since Mats Wilander in 1988 following his triumph in the boys’ singles in 2003.

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