US Open Breakfast – Wawrinka downs Djokovic, Mattek-Sands and Safarova claim upset win
Stan Wawrinka beat top seed and world number one Novak Djokovic 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to go tthree for three in grand slam finals.
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 trailed Djokovic 19-4 in their career head-to-head, but the hard-working Swiss saves 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 the Serb by saving 14 of 17 break points against him.
In a bad day for top seeds, Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the US and Czech Lucie Safarova, the 12th seeds, battled back from a set and break down to oust top-seeded French pair Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 to clinch the women's doubles title.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands (R) of the USA and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic (L) celebrate after beating Caroline Garcia (not pictured) and Kristina Mladenovic of France (not pictured) in the women's doubles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tReuters
The French duo served for the match in the second set, but were broken, sending the set to a tiebreak, which Mattek-Sands and Safarova won 7-5.
Mattek-Sands and Safarova carried their momentum into the third with a break to open the set and then held serve the rest of the way.
With the win, Mattek-Sands and Safarova close in on a career doubles grand slam, having hoisted trophies at the Australian and French Open last year.
- Stan Wawrinka rose to the occasion once again to beat top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3. More
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova claim the US Open women's doubles title, beating French top seed partnership of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 . More
Did you know...Stan Wawrinka is a big game player?
Wawrinka has won his last 11 finals
Is three-for-three in grand slam finals
Has a 100 per cent record against Djokovic in grand slam finals