Hey guys, I wasn't planning on blogging until the Halle draw but I thought I'd do a quick post on today's French Open final where Wawrinka took down his second Grand Slam title in sublime fashion. This post can also as a place to discuss the final so the previous post on Federer's loss to the eventual champion doesn't get too cluttered.
Going into this match Djokovic was the big favourite but Stan clearly had other ideas; producing shotmaking of the highest order to defeat the World Number 1 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in 3 hours and 12 minutes.
Unfortunately I couldn't watch live but I've just caught the highlights and all I can say is WOW. I said many times on the blog Stan is one of the few guys on tour capable of producing sustained firepower off both wings and he produced it in bucket loads today. Hitting through the Djokovic defence which is virtually impregnable and maintaining it over 4 sets. He also kept it together mentally, never losing belief when behind or when Djokovic came up with the goods to save break points with his excellent movement and retrieval skills. Just a tip of the hat really and I think it's great that attacking tennis prevailed on the biggest stage.
Finally I think you have to hand it to Djokovic too, nobody handles a defeat as well as he seems to and he was again very classy after one of the toughest losses of his career. Hard not to feel a little disappointed for him especially after he took out Nadal in the Quarters in such routine fashion but as he admitted in press – he ran into a player who simply played better tennis than him on the day.
Allez Stan! Hopp Suisse! Onto the grass.