In one of the more surprising results this season, Swiss No. 2 Stan Wawrinka played the match of his life on Sunday afternoon in Paris to defeat world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to lift his second Grand Slam title.
In a match that was believed to be Djokovic’s to lose, Wawrinka dominated the contest following the opening set, as he fired shots through Djokovic and outplayed the Serbian star en route to a emphatic four-set win at Roland Garros. He rallied from a set down to defeat the top seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
“I’m still surprised that in two months I can win the French Open because I wasn’t in good shape after Monaco [in April]. It was a tough, tough moment for me. To say that now I won the French Open, it’s something completely crazy.”
During the post-match trophy ceremony, Djokovic enjoyed a prolonged standing ovation from the crowd, which moved him to tears. He has now lost three French Open finals, 2012, 2014 and 2015. He will have to wait one more year to become the eighth person to complete the career Grand Slam.
With regards to his unique shorts, Wawrinka found it endlessly amusing that the shorts that most hated during the fortnight were the ones that won him the French Open.
“I don’t think they will allow me to wear the shorts at Wimbledon,” Wawrinka joked. “Everybody has talked about the shorts since I put them on. I quite like them but apparently I’m the only one. I know a lot of people have talked about them and it’s quite funny that they won the French Open.”