Wawrinka bursts Big Four's bubble with backhand bullets

Mon Jun 8, 2015 5:19am EDT
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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka and his wondrous one-handed backhand managed to pull off a feat no man outside tennis's Big Four had achieved in the past 40 grand slams -- to win two major titles.

It has been 10 long years since anyone not named Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray had been able to boast of being anything other than a one-hit wonder.

Even the one-hit wonders have been a rare commodity, with only Juan Martin del Potro, Wawrinka and Marin Cilic bursting the Big Four's bubble from May 2005 to May 2015.

On Sunday, Wawrinka finally broke rank as he added the French Open trophy to a collection that already includes a Norman Brookes Cup from the 2014 Australian Open.

So how did he pull off the impossible -- and that too by toppling overwhelming favorite and world number one Djokovic in the final?

"I was relaxed on my backhand side and I could hit some wonderful backhands," Wawrinka summed up simply.

It was a shot that left others purring.

"Wow! Just wow! I wanna play like that!" women's champion Serena Williams exclaimed on twitter while former professional-turned-coach Ivan Ljubicic added "Holly Swiss cow. That was something #bullets."   Continued...

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates after winning his men's singles final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 7, 2015.           REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes