French Open Final, Novak Djokovic vs Stanislas Wawrinka: As it happened

Stanislas Wawrinka beats Novak Djokovic 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 in the French Open final on Sunday.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 8, 2015 12:22 am
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GAME, SET, MATCH, CHAMPIONSHIP! Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 to win the French Open on Sunday.

The eighth seed, who handed Djokovic his third defeat in three Roland Garros finals, now has two grand slam titles to his name after clinching the Australian Open last year.

 

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The gripping final, as it happened

9: 46 PM: Incredible! Wawrinka, at 5-4, will now serve for the CHAMPIONSHIP

9: 41 PM: Wawrinka saves three breaks points, wins five points in a row to make it 4-4

9: 32 PM: 3-3 it is! From 0-3 down, Wawrinka fights back by winning three consecutive games to make it 3-3

9: 25 PM: Wawrinka seals a 30-shot rally to make it 2-3 from 0-3. Momentum back in Swiss’ favour now 

9: 17 PM: Can’t keep this man out of a big game. Djokovic is fighting back and has stretched his lead to 3-0 in the fourth set

9: 02 PM: Stan’s The Man! Runs away with the third set 6-3. Leads 2-1 in the final

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8: 54 PM: Wawrinka is producing quality tennis in the third set. Enjoys a 5-2 lead now

8: 41 PM: The third set is locked in at 2-2 at the moment

8: 39 PM: 2-1 in the third set. Both men continue to hold their serves

Watch: When Wawrinka produced the timely break

8: 19 PM: Djokovic blinks and Wawrinka breaks the serve to seal the second set 6-4. The world no.1 is not a happy man, and he breaks his racket frustration

8: 13 PM: Wawrinka holds his serve to make it 5-4. Looks like a tie-break will decide the second set

8: 10 PM: It’s 4-4 in the second set. Who will blink first? Djokovic or Wawrinka?

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7: 57 PM: Djokovic saves a break point, holds his serve to make it 3-3 in the second set

7: 47 PM: No breaks in the second set so far. It’s 2-2 at the moment

7: 35 PM: It’s 1-1 in the second set. Wawrinka still searching for his first break of the match

7: 26 PM: Djokovic seals the first set 6-4. Gripping tennis in the opening set of the French Open final

Set wrap: 

Djokovic has won the first set of the French Open final 6-4 against Stanislas Wawrinka.

It looked set to be a long match on center court in warm conditions. The marathon ninth point lasted 40 strokes, ending when Djokovic pushed a backhand long.

But the top-ranked Serb stepped things up, breaking Wawrinka in the seventh game and holding for 5-3.

After saving break point with an ace, Djokovic clinched the first set when Wawrinka hit a forehand long. (-AP)

* The odds are stacked against Stan Wawrinka in his French Open final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, but former Switzerland Davis Cup captain Marc Rosset is betting on him to create an upset.

“Let’s be crazy,” Rosset told The Associated Press in the corridors of Roland Garros. “Stan in straight sets.”

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7: 08 PM: Djokovic breaks Wawrinka’s serve to make it 4-3 in the opening set

7: 03 PM: Wawrinka digs deep to prevent the early break. It’s 3-2 in his favour at the moment

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6: 57 PM: At 2-2, it’s all holds so far. It will be interesting to see who produces the first break

6: 48 PM: Djokovic, too, holds his serve. It’s 1-1 in the opening set

6: 46 PM: A 39-shot rally in the first game of the final. Wawrinka made to work hard to hold is serve in the opening game

6: 41 PM: The two players are out in the middle. Wawrinka to serve

6: 34 PM: Djokovic is just a win away to become the eighth man on the planet to complete a career Grand Slam

6: 12 PM: Djokovic enjoys a 17-3 head-to-head advantage over Wawrinka

Djokovic knocks out Murray

Moving within one victory of completing a career Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic reached the French Open final by getting past Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-1 on Saturday in the resumption of a suspended match.

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The semifinal was halted at 3-all in the fourth set Friday night because of an incoming storm. Murray grabbed that set when they returned to the court, but Djokovic was superb in the fifth, and Saturday’s play took 61 minutes.

Stan overcomes Tsonga

One year after his first-round loss in Paris, Stan Wawrinka will be playing in the final of the French Open.
The eighth-seeded Swiss player advanced to his first final at Roland Garros with a 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday.

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In sizzling temperatures, Wawrinka overcame strong resistance from the 14th-seeded Tsonga in a gripping match on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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