SURGE TO WORLD NO 3
Wawrinka admitted it was a “big surprise” to win a Grand Slam title after years in the shadow of fellow Swiss Roger Federer, whom he will now pass in the rankings by rising to world number three.
In a generation dominated by the “Big Four” of Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, the last outsider to lift a big trophy was Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open.
But Wawrinka, who also knocked out a fully fit Djokovic -- the three-time defending champion and the world number two -- en route to his first major final, had no doubts he was a worthy winner. “It’s an amazing feeling. I saw Roger winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it’s my turn to win one,” the 28-year-old Swiss said.
“If you look the 10 past years, except del Potro, it’s only the top four guys who were winning all the Grand Slams. I will need time to realise what I did in these two weeks. Because at the end, even if Rafa was injured, I think I deserve that Grand Slam because I won against Djokovic, the number two, and I won against Rafa. I had an amazing two weeks, and I was playing my best tennis ever,” he said.