Wawrinka reigns after 4 hours of pain
STAN Wawrinka became the oldest US Open men's champion in 46 years when he defeated world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to claim a third Grand Slam title on Sunday.
The 31-year-old third seed triumphed 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 after almost four hours of high-intensity tennis.
He even held his nerve when the final threatened to erupt into controversy after Djokovic twice called medical timeouts in the fourth set.
Wawrinka is the oldest winner of the men's tournament since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and the first over 30 to take the title since Pete Sampras in 2002.
It was the Swiss player's first New York title, following his breakthrough 2014 Australian Open triumph and 2015 Roland Garros crown.
On both those occasions, Djokovic had been the fall-guy, losing in Melbourne in the quarter-finals and ending as runner-up in Paris.
"If you want to beat the No. 1 player in the world, you have to give everything," said Wawrinka, who has won his last 11 finals.
"You have to accept to suffer and you have almost to enjoy to suffer. Because I think this Grand Slam was the most painful, physically and mentally, that I ever played."
Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 champion, had been seeking a third Slam of the year and 13th major of his career.
"Stan, you absolutely deserved to win. You were the more courageous player in the decisive moment and you deserve this title," said Djokovic.
"You came out on top, you were the better player, tougher mentally."