Stan Wawrinka: Roland Garros title, that backhand winner and who can forget those shorts?

An opportunity arose.

Novak Djokovic had seen off Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals at Roland Garros. It was only the second time since 2004 there would no Nadal in a Paris final.

Stan Wawrinka had knocked out Roger Federer in straight sets as well meaning not one of the semi-finalists had previously won the French Open.

Novak played Andy and things got tricky with the match being called off for bad light but Novak found his way through in five.

Stan Wawrinka saw off home favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in four sets and the rest as they say was history as it was Stan and his incredible shorts which stole the headlines.

On an Instagram live with Djokovic in April he said that people talk more about the shorts than his win and they were pretty iconic.

However lets leave fashion there and talk about Stan the Man and the performance.

When Stan won in Melbourne it was such a great moment that breakthrough for him and it’s one of those where you think, can it be topped and he provided a performance and explosive eloquence in his 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 win against Novak Djokovic.

It was a case of welcome to the Stan show and we all just sat and admired the pure effortless brilliance of him.

Going to jump straight into this shot because where else can you begin?

No matter how many times I watch it I am left in pure disbelief. 

Around the net post and squeezed in-between the IBM box, it’s magic.

Despite losing the first set I felt that Stan would grow into the match, he was the aggressor and Djokovic did as you expect a very good job for the first hour of getting everything back but Stan sat in a bided his time.

He played pretty much a metre behind the baseline but never rushed to a groundstroke. The depth he hit with was consistent throughout.

It was one of the best performances I have ever seen in a Grand Slam final, I can’t think of many more performances that have left me captivated and applauding brilliance throughout the 3 hours and 12 minutes culminating in that backhand down the line winner to win his second Grand Slam title.

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