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Stan Wawrinka admitted that he was a bag of nerves just before heading on court to claim the US Open title after beating Novak Djokovic in four sets at Flushing Meadows.
The 31-year-old Swiss became the oldest US Open winner since Ken Rosewall back in 1970 after coming back from a set down to beat world number one Djokovic in four sets 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 7-5 6-3.
It was his third grand slam triumph and leaves Wimbledon as the only one of the four majors that he hasn’t won.
However, he admitted to being a bag of nerves just minutes before he was due on court in Flushing Meadows.
"Before the final I was really nervous like never before," he said afterwards. "I was shaking in the locker-room.
"When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with [his coach] Magnus Norman, I started to cry. I was completely shaking.
"But the only thing I was convinced with myself was that my game was there. Physically I was there. My game was there. Just put the fight on the court and you will have a chance to win.
"And that's what happened, after a few games when I start to believe in myself, I start to be in the match."
However, he revealed that the match had left him completely exhausted and admitted that the time-out that Djokovic had taken while trailing 3-1 in the fourth set had left him a little upset.
"Honestly after the match I was completely empty. I put everything on the court," he added.
"I was trying to stay with him. I was trying to be tough with myself, trying not to show anything, not to show any pain, not to show any cramp. Not to show anything.
"I was feeling the cramp coming in the third set. In the fourth set I had some pain, but most important was what was clear with Magnus before - not to show anything."
Regarding the time-out, he said: "I just wanted to know exactly what the rule is. That's it."
Djokovic revealed afterwards that a wrist injury had left his participation in doubt in the run-up to the tournament.
"I really didn't know whether or not I'm going to come, to be honest," the world number one said.
"I decided like eight, nine days before the start of the Open just to try so to play finals, it's quite amazing.
"I just didn't capitalise at all on my opportunities. I had plenty of them, break points. It was a terrible conversion of the break points. Just terrible from my side.
"In the matches like this, if you don't use the opportunities, the other guy comes and takes it and that's what he did."
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