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“Last thing that I wanted to do was retire. I hate to do that, especially in a final.”

Wawrinka recalled an agonizing loss of his own here - going down in the fourth round to Djokovic last year in the longest Grand Slam match of the season - as motivation for his surge up the rankings last year, achieved with the help of former No. 2-ranked Magnus Norman as coach.

“Rafa, I’m really sorry for you, I hope your back is going to be fine, you’re a really great guy, good friend and really amazing champion,” Wawrinka said as he accepted his first major trophy. “Last year I had a crazy match, I lost it. I was crying a lot after the match. But in one year a lot happened - I still don’t know if I’m dreaming or not but we’ll see tomorrow morning.”

When asked how he would celebrate, he said later: “There’s a big chance I get drunk tonight, but we’ll see.”