Djokovic under fire over timeouts during final

On both those occasions, Djokovic had been the fall-guy, losing in Melbourne in the quarterfinals and ending as runner-up in Paris.

If you want an insight into how the Swiss-German player (he holds a dual nationality) approaches his game and his life, take a closer look at his forearm: He has a tattoo in italic script that quotes Irish playwright Samuel Beckett: "Ever tried. My goal is to give everything I have and be the best I can be", he was quoted as saying by Sport24. However, the third major has certainly added a ton of weight to his achievements, especially since he is three-quarters of the way to a career Slam (missing Wimbledon).

"Stan, you absolutely deserved to win".

"We both felt the demanding match that we played today, but he [Wawrinka] came out on top, " he said.

Djokovic, playing in his 21st Grand Slam final was quickly out of the blocks and was up 5-2 in the first set. Ultimately however, the Serb was able to win the last five points of the deciding phase to take the set. Even though he lost the tie-break, the seeds of the comeback had been sown.

One day earlier Germany's Angelique Kerber backed up her status as the new world number one with a thrilling win over Czech Karolina Pliskova in the Women's US Open final.

Frustrated, Djokovic demolished his racquet, collecting a code violation from umpire Ali Nili. "I was feeling the cramp coming in the third set". But since joining forces in 2013 with Norman, the former world No. 2 from Sweden, Wawrinka has found a higher gear - or, rather, found a way to build up to a higher gear. He sits at number two in the world, while Wawrinka is now at a career-high number three. He appeared to start cramping in the fourth set as he quickly slipped 0-3 down. The Swiss star also deflected three of Novak Djokovic's four break point chances during the second set. Wawrinka had dropped 19 of his previous 23 meetings with Djokovic before capturing his first U.S. Open crown and third Grand Slam title.

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The Swiss 31-year-old now has as many grand slams as Murray and is just a Wimbledon title shy of a career grand slam, yet he believes talk of a Big Five remains premature.

Wawrinka has now won all three Grand Slam finals in which he's played and, all three times, he took down the world's top player.

"He deserves to be in the mix, no doubt about it", said Djokovic. "Stan won three Grand Slams now and three different ones; (an) Olympic medal".

But Djokovic acknowledged that he became too passive at pivotal segments of the match against No. 3 Wawrinka, who collected the third major trophy of his career and first at Flushing Meadows. That analogy works on a number of levels, because in addition to Wawrinka's penchant for slow starts and stretches of pure dominance, he is one of the few tennis players who can wear opponents down through the diesel-esque power of his groundstrokes. In the semi-final against Gaël Monfils, the Serb received a medical time out for an injury on his right shoulder.

Despite his latest victory and a growing resume, Wawrinka insisted he was not in the same class as the "Big Four" and would not expect to join the club any time soon. "I think that's what decided the match", said Djokovic, the No. 1 seed and defending champion. "Just look at the tournaments they won, how many years they have been there".

"I won that match and little by little, I started to play better each match", Wawrinka said.

Wawrinka is at the top of his game and, more importantly, the top of his sport, joining the likes of the "Big Four" - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic. That's why I'm not there. You don't want to give him any reason to think: "'Ah, maybe I should stay because he's also starting to be exhausted.' It was one of the keys of the match".

  • Michelle Webb