Yesterday, the 2015 French Open concluded as champions emerged victorious – Stan Wawrinka in the men’s singles and Serena Williams the day before in the ladies’ singles. The fact that Novak Djokovic was beaten is perhaps an unexpected result, but it was by no means an undeserved win from the Swiss.
After coming back from a set down to win 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 and the title of French Open Champion, Stan Wawrinka said that he backs Djokovic to win the career slam, complimenting his form throughout the tournament. “The way he was playing these two weeks was just amazing”, the now two-time Grand Slam winner said. Wawrinka’s aggressive play-style led to a victory that ended Djokovic’s 28-match streak – the world No.4 needed a total of 60 winners throughout the match to earn it. His previous Grand Slam victory came last year in the Australian Open, meaning he is now one of the favourites in a few weeks at Wimbledon.
Wawrinka never seemed on the back foot at any point during the match, losing the first set only to a solitary break. From then on, he came out aggressively at Djokovic – though the Serb played tactically and was not making the mistakes, Stan Wawrinka was the man with all of the solutions. In the second set, Wawrinka had to wait until his 5th break point before he converted, this coming in the form of a set point. From here on in, there was little the hopeful French Open and career slam winner could do as the soon-to-be French Open champion fired winner after winner past him, at one stage playing a forehand around the post on his way to the fourth set. The crowd roared as he played numerous shots equally as good as this one.
Djokovic is as gracious in defeat as he is humble in victory, telling Stan Wawrinka, “There are things that are more important in life than victories and that is character and respect – Stan you are a great champion with big heart.” Players now turn their eyes from Roland Garros to Wimbledon, where all will come out swinging and on a well-rested pair of legs, hoping for victory in the grass court Grand Slam.
Author Eoghan Aston
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