TENNIS: Stan Wawrinka captured his second Grand Slam championship and denied Novak Djokovic a slice of history on Sunday in Paris as he rallied from a set down to beat the Serb 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the Roland Garros final.
The Swiss was warmly congratulated at the handshake by Djokovic before climbing into the stands to celebrate with his coach, Magnus Norman, the runner-up at Roland Garros in 2000, and his family. He then returned to the court to embrace Djokovic once more.
Three-time Roland Garros champion Gustavo Kuerten, who beat Norman in the 2000 final, presented La Coupe des Mousquetaires to Wawrinka.
There was a special and prolonged ovation for three-time runner-up Djokovic, who was moved to tears by the reception he received on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Wawrinka was rewarded for playing lights-out tennis for much of the three-hour, 12-minute contest. He struck 59 winners, almost twice as many as Djokovic, and never let his head drop as the Serb relentlessly fended off break points.
After rallying from 0/40 down in the eighth game of the fourth set, having already been a break down, Wawrinka red-lined a backhand winner to break Djokovic and served out the contest, saving break point before finishing with another lethal backhand.