uo16wawrinka_djokovic

uo16wawrinka_djokovic

Points won by each set: [ 34-44, 30-28, 46-45, 34-26 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
22 % Wawrinka – 37 of 164
26 % Djokovic – 33 of 123

Quite similar match to their French Open final last year. Wawrinka [3] started poorly, even though he saved a break point at 1:4, two set points at 2:5, and won perhaps the best rally of the match in the third point of the tie-break, the Serb [1] controlled the final outcome, extending their record in tie-breaks to 9:1! In each of the following two sets Djokovic was able to level from a three-game disadvantage, but he was helpless serving to stay in those sets. The Swiss continued his fantastic display of amazing ground-strokes in the 4th set, a disoriented Djokovic tried everything, also a sudden time-out to his toes, yet Wawrinka stayed calm, and one break of serve gave him the astonishing victory. Djokovic leads 19:5 in their H2H rivalry, but Wawrinka edges 3:2 in the finals, including two majors! 24 times in history (1927-2016) majors have been won by players who saved match points, Wawrinka becomes the first man to win a Grand Slam tournament saving a match point in round 32!

Wawrinka’s route to his 15th title (3rd major):
1 Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-4
2 Alessandro Gianessi 6-1, 7-6(4), 7-5
3 Dan Evans 4-6, 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(8), 6-2 – 1 m.p.
4 Illya Marchenko 6-4, 6-1, 6-7(5), 6-1
Q Juan Martin del Potro 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
S Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2
W Novak Djokovic 6-7(1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3

Comparison of their two Grand Slam finals:
French Open 2015: Wawrinka d. Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4… 3 hours 12 minutes… Total points: 137-117
US Open 2016: Wawrinka d. Djokovic 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3… 3 hours 55 minutes… Total points: 144-143

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