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Stan Wawrinka tops Novak Djokovic to win U.S. Open

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 during their Men's Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 during their Men's Singles Final Match on Day Fourteen of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 11, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Pointing to his temple after winning the biggest of points, Stan Wawrinka wore Novak Djokovic down and beat the defending champion 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for his first U.S. Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall.

The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970.

Yet he already had gained the upper hand by the time No. 1 Djokovic clutched at his left leg and grimaced after missing a forehand while getting broken early in the fourth set. From there, Djokovic briefly began conceding points, showing little of the fight he’s so famous for, and received treatment on both feet from a trainer.

The No. 3-seeded Wawrinka has won only five of 24 career meetings against No. 1 Djokovic, but has now beaten the 12-time major champion on the way to each of his own Grand Slam titles, including in the 2014 Australian Open quarterfinals and 2015 French Open final.