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Hello, I’m Joshua, I’m an English teacher at NEP English school in Malaga and this is Avance Deportivo in English. The second grand slam of the year came to an end last weekend. In the men’s French Open final Stan Wawrinka defied the odds to win his first French Open title after the Swiss recorded a famous 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4 victory over world No 1 Novak Djokovic in the final in Paris.
Djokovic was the overwhelming favourite to record his 29th consecutive win and complete a career Grand Slam at Roland Garros, but Wawrinka produced a scintillating display to defeat the Serb in four gruelling sets.
The victory is only Wawrinka’s second in 18 meetings against Djokovic and means the world No 9 now has a second grand slam title to add to his success at the Australian Open in 2014.
Djokovic had beaten nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and Britain’s Andy Murray en route to the final, but Wawrinka, who won the boys’ singles title at Roland Garros in 2003, cemented his place among the elite with an outstanding performance.
After the match he said: «It was the match of my life. But bravo to Novak, it’s a great challenge, the biggest one to play him.»
Wawrinka put an end to Djokovic’s 28-match winning streak. The Serb was bidding to win his ninth Grand Slam title and complete the career Grand Slam.
In the womens final Serena Williams won a third French Open title and her 20th Grand Slam after she beat Lucie Safarova in three sets to be crowned champion at Roland Garros.
Williams had been hampered by illness in the lead-up to the Paris showpiece but the world No 1 showed her mettle to hold off a late Safarova fightback and win 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-2.
Williams, who also won the Australian Open in January, is now only two short of the Open era record of 22 major singles titles, set by Steffi Graf, and four away from Margaret Court’s all-time best of 24.
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