Wawrinka beats Djokovic in four sets to win US Open

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Third seed Stan Wawrinka rose to the occasion once again to beat top-seeded defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5 6-3 and win the U.S. Open on Sunday for the third grand slam title of his career.

The 31-year-old Swiss, who defeated Djokovic on his way to winning the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, denied the world number one a third grand slam title this year following the Serb's wins in Australia and France.

Wawrinka trailed Djokovic 19-4 in their career head-to-head, but the hard-working Swiss saves his best for the big matches and he came through again with a superlative performance to win his 11th tour final in a row.

The Swiss was better on the most important points of the nearly four-hour final that featured long rallies and brilliant shot-making from both players.

Wawrinka cashed in on six of 10 break point opportunities against Djokovic and frustrated the Serb by saving 14 of 17 break points against him.

The victory was worth $3.5 million for Wawrinka, who is only missing a Wimbledon victory to complete the coveted career grand slam.

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Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; General view of the playing of the national anthem at Arthur Ashe stadium before the match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose for a photo before the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland returns a shot to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hits to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot to Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland returns a shot to Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to a missed shot while playing Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks to his box while playing Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland gestures after winning a game against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the championship match on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland after winning the 3rd set playing Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia after losing the 3rd set playing Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic (SRB) in action during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) reacts during his match against Novak Djokovic (SRB) on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland hugs Novak Djokovic of Serbia after the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Sept 11, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final on day fourteen of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland kisses the championship trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their 2016 US Open Men's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 11, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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